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Proposals for new features on the Stack Exchange network, or requests for a change to an existing feature.

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Mail feature on SO :O [duplicate]

I was wondering if SO could have a mailing feature. Yes it is not a social site, but then there are times, when a piece of code is just too large, or when a portion of code alone may not be shared, ...
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Ban “What have you tried?” links in comments

Recently on SO, I've been noticing a lot of link-only comments on (admittedly bad) questions. The typical comment looks like this: What have you tried? Now, my first instinct is to flag the ...
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Proposal against power abuse on stack sites and a more democratic voting system

Stack Exchange sites are fantastic and very useful. I have been using them for years but in the last time the management is getting bad, moderators abusing power, deleting posts and comments just ...
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Can I ban users from seeing or answering my questions?

This hasn't happened to me in particular, but I have always been a bit paranoid that maybe a coworker might see me asking a dumb/easy question or maybe a particular user doesn't like another user so ...
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Gain Reputation for Proving Competence

Let's say you program as a hobby. You have a few good open source projects on the internet. You discover StackOverflow and decide to join. There should be a way for you to prove that you are a good ...
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A new badge proposal - “John List”

I have recently noticed several cases where people edited posts (not mine), by changing some minor 1-2 character spelling issues. While this in and of itself is probably a good thing (it's well-known ...
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An @Moderators ping

Recently, I have found several occasions where I could really use an @Moderators ping that alerts all elected moderators of the site. Do you agree? Would this be nice? Can we make this happen?
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If you voted to close a question and it gets re-opened, you lose 100 rep

There seem to be some ongoing trends in stack-overflow for some people to just vote willy-nilly to close any and all questions they disapprove of because they can. Since it hurts SO to close questions ...
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Voting down is negative karma. Use it wisely [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Delaying comments/up votes/down votes after a question/answer is posted Down-votes are a way of feedback, but should not be the primary way of feedback. Would it be good to ...
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New procedures for mitigating closer hostilities [duplicate]

Voting to close a question on any SE site should force the voters to actually sit down and state the case why this question should be closed. No more just pushing buttons and leaving but you actually ...
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Finding a way to discourage users from downvoting questions that have -8 DV's already?

Once a question has -8 votes, that's it - it disappears. Perhaps we might discourage users from downvoting more at that point(i.e once it hits -8), because any more downvotes are functionally ...
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Why can't you exchange points for dollars on Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

As I see it, Stack Exchange is a marketplace for the exchange of ideas and for collaborative consumption. When a user submits a question and an expert answers it correctly, the expert gets rewarded ...
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The “thank you” button

I've already read this: Official reference for “don't leave ‘thank you’ comments” Some comments are not very helpful because all they say is: thanks. The system could detect this word in the ...
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Why not vote to depose moderators?

Moderator elections on Stack Overflow will begin in a couple of days. From there comes this question: why do we not organize elections, let us say every 3 years, to depose one moderator? My request ...
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Indicate if a commenter downvoted the post they're commenting on

"I didn't downvote, but... " I'm kind of getting tired of that phrase... If you don't want to expose the down-voter, that's fine. But at least expose him when he comments the post he down-voted. ...
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Community Shielding mechanism?

With all the mess currently happening in the Stack Exchange community, it seems like it would be appropriate to give the community more of an ability to "protect" discussions from Stack Exchange Inc. ...
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Can you implement polls? [duplicate]

It would be great to create polls on Stack Exchange. For example: What is your favorite programming language? C C++ Java PHP ... I think many people would use this.
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Proposal: “light suspensions”

Someone with such a "light-weight suspension", would lose all his rep gained before issuing the suspension. Thus, the rep would be reset to 1. With it, their privileges would be the same as a rep 1 ...
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Get notified when you get upvoted/downvoted and option to disable this feature if you have a lotta rep

It would be cool if you could get notified when you get upvoted/downvoted. Users with high reputation could have the option to disable such feature. It would say on which question/answer you got (down/...
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See who handled your flag

What? I propose to add a possibility on "helpful flags" page to see who has handled that flag (what moderator/community manager). It may be shown on mouseover. Why? Because I want to see who has ...
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Can the rep on a user card be like a speedometer and reset? [closed]

Since the Stack Exchange suite of sites is not about gaining rep and more about community contribution and those that have been interacted with, helped, and left in a better position than before ...
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Revealing Identity of those who Vote Up or Down [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to see who voted on your posts? I have a query. Why doesn't SO show who has voted up or voted down a particular comment or question or answer? Wouldn't it be ...
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Suggestion: forbid overzealous grammatical “improvements” (at least for articles) [duplicate]

I've recently run into someone who managed to make an answer harder to read by adding too many "the/a" articles, which can sometimes be omitted in English under certain circumstances. The and a ...
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Allow voting on moderation of moderators [duplicate]

There have been multiple times that moderators have near instantly closed valid questions. This authoritarian action is completely undemocratic. I've found more than multiple times that questions ...
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“Title-only” questions (i.e. questions without body) should be allowed

There is a type of questions like this entry where the structure is simple enough that a question title surely covers the entire description without further explanation. Requiring question body for ...
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Track how passive aggressive users are who vote to close [duplicate]

Too many users are passive aggressive (or they just have a superiority complex). I can almost read their minds: "Oh brother, another newbie asking a stupid question." Stack Exchange should track ...
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meta-stackoverflow downvotes should not exist

Who is there to judge if a suggestion is good/bad unless it had been tried before and showed good/bad results? As far as I can see, downvotes in meta-stackoverflow only encourages people to give ...
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Should stack overflow allow questions to be hidden from search engines?

Should we have an option to hide question on stack overflow from google or any other search engines.Following are some of the reasons why I or someone might like to do so. The fact that my question ...
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Each close vote should punish the caster by taking away some of his reputation [duplicate]

Oftentimes I post a question on some Stack Exchange and what happens is that 21 people think the question is helpful and informative and 3 people think it should be closed. This is extremely unfair ...
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Some advice that I “hope” the heads of the community could consider [closed]

Hope you guys could take a minute and think about it. In my opinion, this community is "WAY TOO HARSH"!!! You guys put TOO MUCH emphasize on Do your research first before you post a question, but ...
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Tweet your reason for vote

Sometimes Q/A gets some downvotes and some users will complain about the down-voters "not having guts to say why". We all have seen that. Now, for example, I believe that there are often good ...
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Initial Bounty for Urgent Questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: An “urgent” tag for questions that need answers within minutes I was thinking about how one could set a bounty only after two days to give the community a chance ...
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Why do Stack Exchange sites, particularly Stack Overflow, have chat rooms? [closed]

Chat rooms are so inefficient- Stack Overflow has a ridiculous number of chat rooms. I'd create a simple forum/subforum category (chat rooms can become threads or subsubforums) structure, kill the ...
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Reopen All Off Topic Posts And Remove The Designation [closed]

Off topic questions hurt the SO knowledge base, generate resentment, and are a complete waste of a moderator's time. Take this post for example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11319965/...
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The ability to close questions should not be a community feature [closed]

The ability to vote to close questions is too abusable. I feel like my legitimate questions have been closed due to some sort of conflict of interest and/or power trip. If I wanted my questions ...
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A proposal to stop the unjustified downvotes

Right now we have the downvote and the flagging system. A downvote, in my opinion, should only be cast together with a flag. Hence, I would propose that we incorporate the flagging system into the ...
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Can someone make a new badge for me?

Can someone make a new badge? 1st answer on year old question "Thank you" I just 1st answered this year old question Android how to get filename from email attachment? Over a year and not even an ...
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GoP - The Game of Points: Critical Sneak Attacks (Grant downvotes are commented soon) [duplicate]

Lets see how a downvote without a comment explaining the reason, is like a critical sneak attack: We don't know who did it. We don't know why they did it. The target can't defend him/herself. The ...
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How about forcing answers when there is rapid down-voting without any answers?

This question was rapidly down-voted without any response of material to help the user understand why the question was so poorly asked that it justified such rapid and massive down-voting. I have seen ...
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Should Stack Overflow Allow people to Down/Upvote a Question/Answer if an Accepted Answer is Present?

I like the up/down vote system. It is a creative way of rating an answer, and it just has Stack Exchange written all over it. Although, I think if a question is asked well enough for someone to give ...
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Let highly experienced users sent answers to on-hold questions via inbox?

I think answers for questions that are "on hold" can be sent as private messages to the users' inbox by 'highly experienced users' like moderators or others with high rep, thereby eliminating the need ...
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Relaxation of rules for the sites and other suggestions

I would like to request relaxing of moderation rules to some extent, at least for new users, so that it will help new users like me get answers to their questions. It will also enable us to learn more ...
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Apply a reputation loss for posting the 1st comment at any post

There's a lot of complaint recently, about the culture of Stack Exchange sites, and how newcomers feel welcome, or just feel being minorized when asking questions. One source of these complaints are ...
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Another take on the down-vote, no comment problem [duplicate]

Yes, moderators, I already know that this question has been posted a number of times, the first one of which I came across was asked some 8 years ago and yet this seems to still be a problem. I wish ...
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Can we implement a dead time on answers for high reputation user

Summary: High reputation users on SO come swooping in the second a simple question is posted, and get the first answer in before I've even opened my Python interpreter to test my idea out. This ...
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Restriction on down votes when the question has been stablished and has an accepted answer

I recently had a post about Different mechanism for votes on questions and votes on answers, Some of the suggested features were repeated but there was a feature which can be considered as novel, so ...
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Ability to create questions with vote or comment or both disabled

I am sure that many questions are not posted because the user has a fear of downvoters. It is true, because many people give downvotes only because of a small grammar error, or a method of programming ...
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User Guide for new users to Stack Overflow

As Stack Overflow grows, it becomes increasingly ridden with extremely newbie and mediocre questions. It's just natural. The team are fighting hard to keep the crap out, but there are many very ...
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Increase upper limit of bounty

Change the bounty upper limit to 50k, because 500 seems outdated and cheap. If a newbie gets a good answer in, more power to them. Think of it like Jeopardy. Remember about the turn of the century ...
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To show downvoter's name [duplicate]

I suggest to show downvoter's name so that we'll be able to decrease the number of unfair downvotes resulted by abusing his rights in doing so.