Questions tagged [feature-request]

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Why isn’t “Please help” on our titular stoplist?

We just got in rapid succession these two soi-disant “questions” over on main: Please help to interpret Please help me with this sentence Strictly speaking as questions go, those are imperatives not ...
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"ELU updated site theme is ready for testing" is ready for voting, but still not visible

"ELU updated site theme is ready for testing" has been vigorously voted on. It turns out that currently it is 25 down and 10 upvotes. 34 down and 13 upvotes. At a net of -21 votes, it is ...
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Too many questions that qualify for "Please include the research you’ve done"

I feel that this has been discussed before, and that this problem is never going to go away. I've been going through the review queues since a recent Meta.ELU post about too many questions needing ...
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EL&U Glossaries

Would it be useful for us to have two EL&U Glossaries on the site. The first could be for SE and EL&U specific abbreviations and acronyms, including ones that just happen to crop up a lot ...
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Missing off-topic flagging options

When flagging a post for being off-topic, the following options are given: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found ...
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New theme: fix serif-vs-sans font combinations

In what I hope is the correct spirit of bringing concrete, actionable suggestions for changes and updates to the new theme, I would like to ask for the fonts to be harmonized as tchrist went into ...
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Auto-resolve local URLs in comments too

When local ELU URLs are added to question and answer fields, they are automatically resolved into question titles. For example, if I paste a random link such as this one, Reason for the current trend ...
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Can we improve our sub- and superscript (or: footnote) formatting?

Through the sidebar, I just happened upon this answer on [programmers.se]. If you look at the lower part of the answer, after the horizontal line, you’ll see that the text is smaller. Inspecting the ...
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Superscript/Subscript Shortcut

The superscript (<sup>) and subscript (<sub>) HTML tags can be quite useful when answering (or asking) questions, and it eludes me as to why there isn't a button for it in the question/...
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Different ways to assess the quality of questions (also: how to find good and bad questions)

EDIT initially posted question had queries that might have returned wrong results, this is hopefully corrected now /EDIT This is not really a feature request, but more of an analysis of current state ...
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What is meant by the tag "reference"?

The reference tag has no description yet. Is it intended to be used for a question that asks for a reference where one might learn more about a certain topic, or document one's intuitive ...
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Chat-room one-boxing for Etymonline and The Free Dictionary

The chat room can one-box lots of things, like wikipedia links and youtube videos and Google ngrams, making nice neat messages. In ELU chat it would be very useful to be able to one-box Etymonline ...
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Merge request: [word-selection] into [word-choice]

The tag word-selection on the main site has only 6 questions tagged with it and it seems to me that it has the same meaning as the tag word-choice. I propose to merge them.
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Don't show the "undelete" link for answers that have been deleted when the question was deleted

When an answer has been deleted because the OP deleted his question, the "undelete" link is still shown for that answer. (I reused a screenshot I took for another issue report; that is why the "...
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Should the contrast of the highlighted OP's name in comments be increased? Use this GM script if you want it changed now.

Spot the OP! Old: New: Here is a link to the Greasemonkey sript (works in Firefox, most probably also in Chrome). George made this for me. I cannot thank him enough: this is great! Note that you ...
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Irksome review pop-up window size/design

When working with the review queue, the windows that actually contain the Close Button are sized and designed so that you have to scroll down to get to the Close Button. There is usually plenty of ...
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Editing posts - feature request

I had a suggested edit to one of my posts here: https://english.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/158765 The editor involved already knew that, because of my baby-level knowledge of syntax, I ...
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A possible solution for discouraging the most-duplicated questions

Some questions crop up on ELU with dispiriting regularity. Two recent examples are the use of 'singular they/their', and whether an acceptable singular (and possibly gender-neutral) form of the ...
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A new badge? Acceptable?

When I was going through the list of badges, I felt there may be a badge which will be awarded when a user has 250 (or more, whatever seems appropriate) of his answers accepted; it may be a hard-to-...
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Comment deletion notifications

I see that all the comments I made to the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Can I somehow be notified when my comments are deleted?
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Edit supplementary text on bounty

I recently placed a bounty on this question about the "double possessive", but just realised I wanted to make a minor (but to me, significant) change to my "supplementary text" in the "This question ...
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Don't show the "protect" link for questions that are locked

In questions that are already locked, the link to protect it should not be shown, as it is not possible to answer the question. In Favourite untranslatables, which is locked, I can see the "protect" ...
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Change the linked references in the help center

In our help center on the on-topic page the following old ELU-question is linked for references (last section, first paragraph). What are your favorite English language tools? I would suggest to ...
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How do I find a question which was deleted?

I have an old question related to Lewis Carol's Jabberwocky poem which was deleted -- for containing apparent nonsense -- but I like it so I'd like to view it again. Is there a feature which would ...
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Can trusted users propose tag-synonyms without the rep requirements?

See Can trusted users be trusted to suggest tag synonyms without a score of 5 in a tag? (on smaller sites, not Stack Overflow). The top answer is: If, on a given site, there's a big problem with ...
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Suggestion: Make clear at top level that a question is protected

Sure, someone might want to read a protected question, comments, or answers to it. And someone might want to add a new comment. But it would be helpful to know before visiting a question whether it ...
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More subscriber information would be helpful

Lots of regular contributors have provided very little or no information about themselves. It is helpful to know a questioner's first language, as often a language group will make consistently similar ...
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Make more evident those words are links

Right before writing this question, I clicked on the "tools" link on the main site to see if there were questions voted to be closed; to my surprise I was redirected to the review page. I then ...
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Update the timestamp shown when an edit has been done in the 5-minute time frame

I edit a question of mine to change the punctuation and, as I am in my attention-deficit moment, I edited it after 2 minutes to change the punctuation of another sentence. When I pressed the "Save ...
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Change the text shown after the field to add a new answer

Actually, after the form field and the button to add a new answer, the following text is shown: The text could be confuse some users that, from a side, see duplicate questions being closed and, from ...
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Split migration off from the closure tree?

There has been a string of meta questions about ELU migrating low quality questions to ELL. The most recent was this one. This question stems directly from that one. To help prevent poor questions ...
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New Layout: Editor _before_ author?

I was just confused by something in the layout: Look at any question or answer that has been edited. picture has just one example). The person who most recently edited the question is first, the ...
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Is downvoting every single post in a question without leaving any comment constructive?

I have relatively short experience on EL&U and I found some questions where every post was downvoted in a matter of one minute or so. I mean it is very unusual to see every single post in one ...
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Why "Questions that may already have your answer" doesn't populate the right set of similar questions?

I posted this question after searching a few times(through Google and within ELU Search). Turns out , it had already been asked and answered before here and consequently, my question was marked as ...
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Update "What is Reputation?" page to include other rep-loss events

Currently, under the "what is reputation?" help page, we have a list of 7 ways you can gain reputation, and 5 ways you can lose it (receive downvote to question, receive downvote to answer, give ...
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Duplicate Comments & Un-flagging Comments

I've three related questions: If I believe a comment is essentially a duplicate of an earlier one, what is the proper etiquette, if any? I assume it's better to up vote a comment I agree with, rather ...
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Different Colour for @Mentions

When a comments section gets long, the @mentions can become a bit distracting. Would they be better off in a dark grey sort of colour? Here is a screenshot of a comment I coded to help explain: The @...
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