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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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Notice of deletion

When something of yours is deleted (answers, comments, questions, Area 51 proposals) it would be nice to get some kind of notice other than just not being able to find it anymore. You receive notices ...
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Badge suggestion: Responsive (aka Quality Control, Adaptability, etc …)

Badge suggestion: "Conformist" - Made an edit to ones own post that resulted in people removing their down-votes. This is to encourage people to fix their bad posts. Maybe require a certain number ...
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Searching Questions with n-Pages of Answers

I just opened up a question with 10+ pages of answers. It was more of a poll-style question, but it was one I wanted to participate in. I'm not a big fan of duplicate answers (adds more noise than ...
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Mark questions to receive notifications and updates? [duplicate]

Right now there isn't a great way to monitor the questions that I am interested in following. What I seem to do now is go to my recent history for questions I have commented on, and then link to the ...
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Force Accepted Answers on Questions by Inactive Users

As a disclaimer, I must admit this may benefit me (I haven't checked), but probably not as significantly as most others. This issue is also something that has prevented me from answering questions by ...
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Beta sites should be in the Data Explorer

The Stack Exchange Data Explorer is a very nice and useful tool, but it has one very large drawback: Beta sites are not included at all. Excluding beta sites probably made a lot of sense when the ...
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Please consider gathering Meta feedback before the “ship” stage

The blog post "The Loop #1: How we conduct research on the Community team" sheds a little light on how the current process for making changes on Stack Exchange works. Today, our research process ...
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At smaller sites, penalize hot questions having 3-4 close votes

At smaller sites (up to 50-100 questions a day average) closing a question takes hours or even days. As an example, this SO question has got 5 close votes in 15 minutes, while its twin at Software ...
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Can we have click-to-close back, please?

The new pop-up message style is pretty, I guess, if you like making text smaller and smaller, but I don't find its "close" mechanism very functional. Previously, this notification would go away when ...
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Detect edits to add [SOLVED] or [RESOLVED] to the title and direct the user to add an answer

Users often ask questions that they answer for themselves. Good for them. And good for us. Symptom The correct procedure seems to be: Write new answer to own question Wait two days Accept own ...
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Remove misleading statements from the blog and the tour pages

Please remove phrases like We don’t run Stack Overflow. You do. or It's built and run by you from your blog New 10k Rep Tools Now Available and tour pages. They are clearly misleading and ...
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Self-instigated rep recalc [closed]

In a few situations, it's nice to be able to get a rep recalc "on demand." In the past, I've simply pinged Marc Gravell about this, but it would be good not to have to bother him. As an example, this ...
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Can Stack Overflow change the password criteria?

Why the crazy password requirements? It a Q&A site, and I have to conform to arbitrarily chosen password complexity criteria. With a 22 random lowercase characters (entropy 119 bits), the create ...
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Add warning when changing display name

The policy on changing one's display name was changed back on February 4, 2010: only one display name change is allowed every 30 days However, there is no warning whatsoever when actually changing ...
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Better favourites organisation

I don't know about anyone else, but I have a reasonable list of favourites now, and it can be rather difficult to find the relevant ones at any given time. Sometimes, I have a specific one in mind, ...
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Can we have a moderator only “flag for community team/developer attention” link on posts?

There are times when moderators come across things that only Stack Exchange employees can deal with. These include things like deleting sensitive information permanently from posts disassociating ...
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People don't read the tag excerpts because we don't swat them into their faces

You are a user asking a question, and the system is helpful, so it shows you this: (the 5 of them were suggested when I finished writing this post, I used only one, tag-wiki-excerpt) Seeing the ...
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Allow users to hide connections between accounts

This feature request is inspired by the question on Programmers.SE on whether it is appropriate to ask an interview candidate for their Stack Overflow user. Stack Overflow is a site aimed at ...
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Rate limit suggested edits

We need a hard rate limit on suggested edits, to limit the damage someone can do with blasting the review queue with minor edit suggestions. Case in point: this user peppered the site with a whopping ...
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Show 3 significant figures for rep over a million [closed]

With "reputation to the max" I now have 6,621,210 reputation. Unfortunately, this only shows as 6.6m: Other reputation levels are shown with three or more significant digits - e.g. 508k as Darin's ...
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Add a reject reason when the Community user rejects an edit

When the Community user rejects an edit during the grace period there is no obvious reason visible (example). Community♦ reviewed this 1 hour ago: Reject This causes some confusion for the user ...
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More badge progress indicators

I just noticed the Copy Editor badge progress indicator on stackoverflow.com/review/, Can we have this for more badges please? In particular the badges where it's not clear to the user how they're ...
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Keep “Employee” on the profile of SE employees on meta [duplicate]

Currently, SE employees are given diamonds wherever they need them. I agree with Jeff on this to some degree, employees shouldn't be treated any different. But... on meta, employees are different. ...
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If I can't flag a post, don't wait until after I've typed an explanation to tell me so

I flagged a post today, typed out a fairly thorough explanation, clicked the button... and got told that I'd already flagged this post (for something else, which I'd forgotten about) so this flag wasn'...
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Electorate, Pundit, etc badge progress

We need more meta data about progress for some of the badges, particularly with new ones like Electorate, Pundit, and more. This started off as a whinge about Electorate, but has been expanded into ...
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The editing race - the slackers always win

I'm having a pretty big problem with the way the editing system is working lately. I think it was a recent change, but there no longer appears to be a warning message when another user has edited the ...
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Roll out 10k tools gradually between 3k and 10k reputation for users who have shown interest in helping the site

I. Short Version Make it easier for lesser rep users who actually contribute in janitorial work, by giving them access to some of these tools between 3k and 10k. II. Long Version A. Pre-ramble ...
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Please notify us when a reputation recalc occurs

As summarised succintly in David Thomas' comment: Is there a chance of putting a notification bar in place to warn people when this happens? If nothing else it reduces confusion, and a spate of ...
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Question banning should work differently on Meta

I just wanted to report a problem with Data Explorer and realized I was banned from asking questions on meta. Probably because I asked 3 questions with a score <= -10. Reading through the reasons ...
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Support anchor names in posts

I admit this feature request is probably somewhat limited in useful scope, but I'm throwing it out there anyway. Inspired by this answer, and because I want to use it on this one, I'm requesting that ...
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Add a “don't migrate crap” migration 'path' to all sites

Don't Migrate Crap This is the golden rule of migrations. And we do it far too often. I'll even admit to it. It's sometimes difficult to justify to one's self to spend more time drafting a custom ...
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Don't you think that it's time for some Stack Exchange shirts? [closed]

Success!!! This is for you Jeff. We're asking and begging and pleading (and maybe even willing to pay) for some shirts!!!! We know you've got to have some hiding under your bed on top of your PING ...
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Please provide moderators with better tools for moderating users in chat

Had a bit of a situation this morning between two users in chat... Won't go into detail, but we'll be strongly encouraging one of the users to never return to chat (or Stack Overflow) as a result. ...
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Don't let questions stick to the top of the hot questions list forever [duplicate]

I've noticed that some very highly upvoted questions stay in the list of hot questions (also displayed in the Stack Exchange menu on the top left) for a very long time, often for several days. One ...
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Off-site avatar images are a privacy risk

The user avatars that are displayed on every post are not all hosted on SE's imgur account, but on sources outside the control of Stack Exchange. The most prominent ones are Gravatar, Facebook and ...
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Monthly Summary of What's New

There have been a few requests for a change log or release notes which I think would be great. I understand that things are constantly changing, and if the team had to update us with every change, it ...
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Make the mobile apps open source!

Since the apps aren't maintained any more, and probably won't in the near future, many users are waiting for bug fixes or new form factors to be supported. If the SE development team is too busy with ...
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Let's move some negatively scored answers from the top spot

Internally, we've been discussing how we can deal with obsolete or out-of-date answers. A few weeks ago, I requested some feedback on how to encourage edits to these types of answers, while I'm still ...
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Pending approvals: allow for adding reasons to rejections

Can we have an option to enter reasons when we reject edits by other users who don't have privileges? Reason: I was checking a pending edit for a question about .NET obfuscators, and the user edited ...
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Allow the owner of a post to approve a suggested edit even if it was rejected by reviewers [duplicate]

A user recently suggested a great edit which added useful information to one of my answers. However, because it was a substantial edit, it was rejected by the reviewers. That's fine. However, as the ...
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Could authors overturn recent community review decisions?

When new users edit a post, the review is posted to a review queue and other reputable users can review the edit and choose to approve or reject it. However, I feel that a lot of people do it pretty ...
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Mark a comment as the answer to a question

I have a question and have seen others to which the best and most relevant answer (at least the one that solved my particular problem) is placed in the comments to the question as opposed to the ...
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A higher level Strunk & White badge? 1000 edits or such

I recently picked up a Strunk & White badge, which I am damn pleased with. It is a somewhat exclusive club with 354 badges thus far bestowed. It was earned mostly by cleaning up horribly ...
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Add bounty remarks to a question's revision history

A question's revision history has shown bounty events for quite some time now. Since then, Stack Exchange has also added support for bounty remarks. I would like to request that bounty remarks be ...
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Let me reward a good edit on my question/answer

Often an edit to one of my questions or answers will make it a lot better. The edit can constitute more to the site than someone posting another answer or comment. Some users make quite a lot of good ...
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Badge symbol in notification is of the site you're on, not where badge was earned

It's so cool that the notification reminds you of the colour of badge you've earned. But I am a little puzzled by the symbols: Is it feasible to use the symbol from the earned site? At the moment it ...
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Give Community ♦ a review ban

Terrible review record One of our moderators (Community ♦) has been approving terrible edits all over the place; for example, this edit, in which random words were code formatted. Clearly as a ...
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Allow users to be able to see their own deleted questions [duplicate]

I've just stumbled across this poorly worded question - if you look through the comments it appears that the user previously asked an identical question that was deleted - it occurred to me that this ...
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Improvements to editor for formatting source code

Does anyone else have problems with the editor? I may be doing something incredibly stupid, but I find that whenever I use tab I tab out of the box. This is obviously irritating if you're trying to ...
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Drop “not constructive”, combine “noisy”, reword “rude” and “other” comment flags

The problem Comments are terrible; no one agrees on what they're for, or how long they should be kept. Comment flags are equally terrible, because if no one's on the same page as far as what should ...