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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Implement a tool for editing tags without bumping Mass tag edits are disruptive to both new and established users, especially on small- and medium-size sites. There's no good way to edit all the ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
141 votes

Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Two more minor requests: Allow unregistered accounts to delete their own posts: this one should be fairly obvious. This occurs a lot when some unregistered user finds out that they can't delete their ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Better automatic guidance when questions are closed Thousands of questions get closed every day over the network, and newer users are more likely to get their questions closed. Yet little guidance is ...
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125 votes

Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

New users need better awareness of what is expected of them when they answer their first question, especially when it is old. TL;DR We are speaking about the NAA (Not an Answer) Problem Robert ...
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I'm recommending Categories other than "off-topic" should allow custom close reasons be considered for this project. See Nathan Tuggy's excellent answer there to see how widely useful this ...
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A minor suggestion, but we can help make new askers more likely to accept an answer by pointing them to the "accept" button when they try to upvote and don't have sufficient reputation.
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On some sites, there are simple heuristics to detect problematic questions. By detecting a few problematic keywords, we can easily alert posters to potential problems before the question is even ...
200_success's user avatar
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Improve communication between flaggers and moderators, or, "what's obsolete about that?" Some sites are very chatty. And that means flags on comments. My biggest moderation time sink is comment ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
64 votes

Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

One of the minor-ish things that I would like, and have been meaning to check on the feasibility of would be to add custom filtering for certain sites in the "Hot Topics" bar down the side. I don't ...
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Give new users better advice on how to write question titles. There are a lot of terrible question titles out there - and I'm not just talking about ones along the lines of "Plz send me teh codez ...
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Spam We still get too much of it. The built-in filters do an awesome job keeping a lot of it out of our faces, but they're not catching everything. SmokeDetector is reporting spam posts for people to ...
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Make close votes scale with reputation Right now, users with 10,000 or more reputation get to vote to delete 5 closed questions per day. This number increases as users get more rep, to a maximum of ...
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Help new users understand that answers aren't for comments. This has been an issue for years and years and years. There have been loads of proposals to fix it - by getting rid of the 50-rep comment ...
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Can't believe no one has posted this one yet... Allow badge holders to have binding close and reopen votes for other close reasons. The duplicate "hammer" has been... Wildly successful. But perhaps ...
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Allow site specific placeholder texts to be added to the question box Many users evidently ignore the side bar which explains how to ask questions, and what we expect to be present in our questions. ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Make every closure, answer, and comment deletion work like closing as duplicate I really like the “new” UI when somebody votes or flags to close a question as a duplicate for several reasons: The ...
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Implement a working FAQ system It is a truly painful process to find a duplicate of a question you know has been asked many times before. The current system with the "frequent tab" is not working ...
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Let mods (and 10k?) know when questions go "hot" Because on small(er) sites, influx from the Hot Questions list can mean a disproportionate amount of not-quite-productive posts. A heads-up ...
Raphael's user avatar
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49 votes

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Meta Request: Get rid of "Jeff said so" Over the years, I have encountered several instances of "Jeff said so" reasoning, that is design decisions were justified with the opinion of the founder of SO ...
Raphael's user avatar
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Tag specific question requirements As proposed in Tag specific question requirements We currently have some handy tag-specific alerts when asking questions with certain tags. These are for certain ...
Cai's user avatar
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43 votes

Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Some low-hanging fruit: Give moderators one-click declines on auto flags I mentioned this a few days ago in SO's mod room: On auto flags, we should have two one-click dismiss buttons - 'helpful' and '...
Undo's user avatar
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The biggest quality problem I see in the site where I spend most time (PPCG) is the Hot Network Questions sidebar. It's set up to promote cheap questions which anyone can answer without thinking, and ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

As a "meta" quality improvement, it would be great if the existing quality requests on Meta.SE and Meta.SO got an update from the SO team so we know where things stand. I understand that, in general, ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

For those few of us who are heavy voters… That's a very small target demographic, but the requested changes are pretty minor. Bring back the indicator of the number of votes cast in the current ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Make it easier for people to remove bad and incorrect answers. Some possibilities for discussion: Allow delete votes on positively scoring answers - obviously we need to scale the delete votes along ...
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Cater for other screen sizes If you use the full site, then a lot of things require horizontal scrolling if your screen is less than the prescribed width, and some things are simply placed off-screen....
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
35 votes

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Give moderators tools to engage the community Moderators can not always be sure about whether a question fits site policy, especially if they are not experts in the area the question is about. Also, ...
Raphael's user avatar
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Crossover questions! My pet popular-but-ignored feature request is "Crossover Questions". I realize that this would probably be very, very far from trivial to implement, but there really is ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

Give new users better guidance on how to answer The Help Center on each site has guidance about what to ask and what not to ask, but no obvious guidance about what makes a good answer. (There's some ...
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