This is a nice place for giving vent to our frustrations, to express our best thoughts on how to improve the site and to suggest the improvements we would sincerely like to see implemented to make ELU a "better" place.

But has any of the ideas put forward so far really made a concrete change to the main site? Is there any evidence of effective implementations? and which would the procedure that a suggestion should follow to be finally materialised in a real change?

P.S. I am referring to changes in the written rules, those which we refer to in the help center.

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    Well, one such contribution was the question limit. But finding the relevant Meta posts for that, let alone others, would take some time. – Andrew Leach Jul 23 '16 at 18:14
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    Not to mention the changes in close reasons. There must be others. – Andrew Leach Jul 23 '16 at 18:15
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    I think it would be useful to have a list of the changes and the improvements achieved. It may serve as a guideline to users. – user66974 Jul 23 '16 at 18:18
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    Sure there are some venting questions here, but lots of practical changes, huge and tiny, have come about. The existence of ELL came about through questions here; lots of individual close/open issues on individual questions/answers are discussed and acted on. Also meta is not necessarily just for making 'concrete changes to the main site'. DIcussion and understanding contribute to subtle behavioral changes – Mitch Jul 23 '16 at 20:10
  • In order to make ELU a "better" place, we should stop answering a general reference question, for example, it takes us 5 minutes to find an answer, and it takes five minutes for the OP to find the same answer. We are not a dictionary service. – user140086 Jul 23 '16 at 20:12
  • @Rathony - yes, all off-topic activities should be avoided, but my question is about a different issue. – user66974 Jul 23 '16 at 20:58
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    @Mitch - I agree this site plays an important role with respect to discussions about behavioural issues, but what is less evident, al least to me, is the real impact on rules that govern this site. – user66974 Jul 23 '16 at 21:02
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    'My question is about a different issue': can you elaborate? 'The real impact on rules': the 'rules' are either built in to SE (where we can make feature requests) or user behavior (discussion). What is the problem you're asking about and what is your suggested fix? – Mitch Jul 23 '16 at 21:22
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    @Mitch - I am referring to changes (possibly improvements) in the rules that can be found in the help center. Andrew Leach appears to have perfectly understood the question. I am not referring to behavioural issues. – user66974 Jul 23 '16 at 21:43
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    The first thing that comes to mind was the change in the help center and addition of the site tour. I can't remember when those things were implemented, but I do remember my subjective impression that we had far fewer users who expressed frustration at not being able to find things. There were also changes to the top nav and the way hot network questions are displayed. We've also had content changes in the help center itself. This is a good question -- I wish I knew how to answer it. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 23 '16 at 23:24

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