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Questions tagged [feature-request]

You have an idea for a new feature, or for a change to the existing functionality.

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Modifying the “Ask Question” page to include tagging recommendation

Based on my answer in this question, I propose that we modify the tag placeholder text (currently "at least one tag (graduate-school note-taking science), max 5 tags") to strongly encourage the poster ...
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Keeping track of our stats

Moderators have a view of the site's statistics, but they cannot share the specifics. So, I'm starting this post to keep track of the evolution of our statistics over time. Please feel free to update ...
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For which tags (if any) do we want tag warnings?

Introduction In another discussion, a Stack Exchange employee indicated that we might get so-called tag warnings, if we want them. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time ...
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UPDATED (APRIL 14): Design for Academia.se

I’m Stéphane, senior product designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to congratulate you because this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site! Well ...
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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

According to this meta post, the SE staff has implemented for a couple of communities a post notice for sensitive, possibly controversial topics. The notice recites: Controversial Post — You may ...
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Better use of the chat room: Discussion groups proposal?

I noticed that there are quite a few users with questions that are little open-ended, which is not a good fit for the Q/A format that we have on SE sites. I suppose a lot of us, grad students, would ...
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Updating our “What topics can I ask about here?” help center page to be explicit about what **not** to ask

When recently voting to close an off-topic undergraduate question, I saw this screen: with the phrase: Questions about problems facing undergraduate students are off-topic unless they can also ...
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Create a predefined closing reason for questions about the contents of an academic discipline?

Since I obtained closing priviledges and can thus use custom close reasons, I find myself typing the following sentence on a daily basis (and before, I flagged questions to which this would have ...
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Contacting/Referring to another member of SE outside of a comment thread

I've noticed that it's only possible to mention another SE user using the "@" symbol in a comment thread where the user appears, and I was wondering if it was a feature or a bug. In particular, I ...
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Sorting according to the score introduces an unwanted bias

I noticed that: answers on this site usually get sorted descendingly according to their score, in general, answers are either upvoted or left untouched rather than downvoted, and I (and, presumably, ...
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How can we encourage posters to mention their country of study/work?

Academic systems and cultures vary widely between countries, and answers will depend heavily on this context. I have come across many questions, where the country has not been stated – presumably ...
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Are upvotes skewed towards the first answer to a question?

We often see that upvotes are skewed towards the first answer to any question. I have observed the following reason in this regard: There are many random visitors -- They just click upvote for the ...
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Removing emphasis from blockquotes

Currently, quoted text (paragraphs starting with > in Markdown) is displayed with a wider margin and a very visible yellowish background in the main site. This has led some users to think that it ...
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Replace “undergraduate” with a more general out-of-scope close reason

Statistical background The following is extracted from the question close stats (10 k only). In the last three months: the undergraduate close reason¹ was used 18 times (that’s only about 3 % of ...
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Reorganising research-related tags a bit

Proposal I would like to implement the following tag structure as already suggested and reasoned in this answer. An arrow means that the respective tags are merged and synonymised, with the right tag ...
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Why no link in the header of the main site to our 'About' page?

On the main site, we have a lovely new About page. Five of us have found it (it's linked from the footer of the main site) and read it, and so got the Informed Badge All the other sites I've seen, ...
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Migration paths for off-topic questions

Now that we're out of beta, will we get access to the full set of stackexchange sites for migrations ?
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Rename [research] to [researching]

research is frequently used for almost all sorts of questions only marginally related to research, such as publishing a research paper. In hope to reduce this misuse, I suggest to rename it to ...
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Can we add something to the how-to-tag help box that warns askers not to misuse certain tags?

When you try to edit the tags when asking a question (or edit the tags of a question when having less than 2 k), a box how to tag appears on the right, showing some general help on tagging. The ...
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Would like to add “faq” and/or “canonical-question” and/or “canonical-post” tag to these questions

We have a helpful list of standard Q&As, which makes it easier for questioners to find out what they want to know, and write non-duplicate questions. The list also helps with identifying ...
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We should introduce a set of field tags - e.g., medicine, mathematics, economics [duplicate]

Let's get real here. Academics in mathematics ARE different from acedemics in medicine. We should embrace the real world ! This is not to prevent general questions. For example a general tag of ...