The site I started on, Puzzling, has a lot of spoilers. Many (if not most) answers have a significant amount of content in spoilers, and many questions have a hint (or hints) in spoilers. That's the site culture. It comes with how we've tried to force the SE Q&A model to fit a puzzle-solving site.
Given that, it would be wonderful for ...
Hi, we're special!
This is what the front page of IPS looks like to someone that doesn't have a profile there. This is what is looks like after you've made a profile and log in. And what you end up seeing after finding us on HNQ: This or this depending on whether you're logged in. The 'Questions' page too, where people are likely to end up browsing other ...
This is something that recently came up over on SFF as it is very similar to one of the questions (#9) asked in the election questionnaire. In my answer I mentioned new user onboarding. However, this is something that looks to be being worked on at the moment and some good steps have been taken there so I won't focus on that here. I'm sure @Catija will also ...
Improve or officially support sandboxing
Code Golf is probably the site with the biggest need for this feature, though other sites like Worldbuilding have sandboxes as well.
Currently, sandboxes are just meta questions. Answers are drafts, and comments and votes are used for feedback. CGCC's sandbox currently has over 3000 answers, and the limitations of ...
Allow more syntax highlighting
HighlightJS ships a lot of useful languages, of which SO & other programming sites only use a small fraction of.
Syntax highlighting is very useful for clarity and readability. If someone posts a AppleScript question, the code would be a lot easier to read, and therefore be understood/answered better, if SO had the ...
This is kinda a request that goes across communities, but also is about communities (Very Zathras, I know).
In the old days, chat was a "first class" citizen of the network, sharing a top bar with the main site and meta. Both (per site) meta and Chat are second class citizens compared to Teams. It would be very nice to consider having per site meta ...
Related to this request, I suggest to "unite" the Staff and Mod labels when a user is both a staff member and a moderator.
This is easily seen as "Staff member who is also a moderator", and can be applied anywhere. To achieve that all I did was adding the s-badge__moderator class to the Staff ...
TeX.StackExchange: restore previous "community promotion" conventions
Within the TeX/LaTeX community, local user groups have used the community promotion ads to good effect to announce their annual meetings or similar events. Such events are both time-specific and time-critical, and after an event has occurred, an ad dedicated to that event should ...
SF & F
I would like to see a custom question-flow for asking story ID requests. They're about half of our questions, most of them are by new / drive-by users, and most need to be coached in the comments to tell us when they read or watched it, where, what language, and so on.
A custom question-flow that would ask a (new) user to address those points ...
Awesome! Congratulations to both of you, and I'm very happy to see some more CMs with so much SE experience!
As for Slate:
"At her last job, her focus was in statistics and data science for spaceflight applications. She studied physics and math, and continues to self-study both in her free time."
As a mathematical physicist who did not know that ...
What does your community need?
MSE: Fewer off-topic questions from new users.
If I had the magic wand, I would wave it in order to instill a deep, irresistible desire for people new to a community to go and read the essentials, first thing.
I've said it before: I've seen a hell of a lot of off-topic questions on MSE and SO - across the network, actually - ...
The "Staff" badge is missing in the "Closed" section of the post notice.
For example: in the below screenshot, in a post's notice Catija has Mod badge only, but in the same post's comment section Catija has Mod and Staff badges. Seems this is not consistent on the same page.
Encourage more community members on Softwareengineering in curating minor issues in questions
As an example, I regularly see good or at least acceptable questions asked, but then the asker adds something like
"do you know any further references for solving the problem"?
at the end. Guess what happens - the question collects close-votes, because ...
I understand why you are hesitant to ship a simple orange box, as suggested by https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/367900/1044379.
But this is unacceptably gaudy. Those big blue and orange boxes are literally all that I can see. On some site metas, the huge blue Mod boxes clash very weirdly with the color scheme. We do not need to draw attention to certain ...
Consider the fact that the label string needs to be translated at the international site.
Because there is no suitable Japanese that represents the abbreviated "mod", more character widths are required.
A community advocate.
All communities, large and small, booming and busting, or otherwise moving around in circles all have their own pulse and their own quirks to how they work and how they run.
They also have their own challenges, trials, tribulations and triumphs.
What the communities I'm a part of seem to acutely lack is someone advocating for them on a ...
A while ago I suggested a Dictionary look up in the side-bar for English Language Learners. If I had a magic wand, we would have an easy way to find credible definitions for words and idioms without leaving the site so we could start off on the same page. There are many dictionaries online, and they vary widely in quality; we discussed that a bit here: What ...
I would want magic wand to decrease the limit of simultaneous hot questions from same site from 5 to 3 or 4, in order to give more sites chance to be advertised to network-wide audience. Last time I asked for statistics about this it looked somewhat depressing, even with outliers ignored:
86 least represented sites of 156 total contributed less than 10% hot ...
In the duplicate closure post notice things look weird when a moderator uses mjollnir, as badges are a lot taller then the moderator icon.
Also Animuson's staff indicator is MIA.
The spacing between the indicators and the user names is different in user cards and in the comment sections:
Makes it look like the user card is slightly broken when seen in proximity like that.
In the "Communities" section of the user profile, long site names cause the mod badge to not show. For example, Yaakov is missing the badge for Meta Stack Exchange:
Philippe is missing the badge on Wordpress Development:
Aaron Shekey is missing the badge on Meta Stack Exchange and Home Improvement:
Catija is missing the badge ...
I'm jumping in here because there's one aspect I haven't seen in other answers. I will have occasionally found SO questions as part of learning to code at various stages, but never actually joined up. When I needed to find how to do to certain things in Latex I similarly found Tex.SE, but then I also found some fascinating question from other sites in the ...