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Why were the comments removed from this question when the comments provided the answer?

The comments to this question Excel 2013 32bit and 64bit crashing on form were removed when the asker accepted my answer but the actual answer and quite a few 'Things to try' steps was in the comments ...
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Limit time for downvotes

Can we put a limit on the downvote system please (I'm talking years)? The reason is the SU rules change in regards to what is on and off topic. So current queue (at time of writing) is filled with ...
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Notify on changes on a revised answer [duplicate]

I came upon this Q&A The least-voted answer, according to the comments, was downvoted because it's a "link-only answer". (Kind of inconsistent, are we? The highest-voted answer is also a "link-...
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Burn tags whose questions are all migrated

I've noticed that there are many tags that only have questions that are migrated. Would it be feasible to have an automated process burn such tags?
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Block suggested edit if the edit summary contains an email address

A follow-up from this question. I've noticed that many spam suggested edits have edit summaries that contain an email address (examples: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]). Spambots seem to be treating the edit ...
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Can we convert older (question body format) duplicate notices to the new, not editable duplicate format?

Duplicates used to be handled by the system putting some markup in the question body, like so: > **Possible Duplicate:** > [Title of the Duplicate Question](http://superuser.com/) <!-- ...
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Show comment count on search list

Search lists currently show the total votes, answers and views. I think the number of comments would be a very useful addition, possibly more useful in practice than the number of views. Questions ...
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Penalty for unexplained down-votes [duplicate]

Often I come across perfectly valid questions which have been down-voted for no apparent reason, sometimes with no comments or answers at all. I don't think a down-vote should ever be made without ...
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Shouldn't there be a "Questioner Tag" so that responders should know how to frame ans. to best suit the OP?

If people at SU knew that I'm NOT primarily a programmer/computer enthusiast/computer application professional (in essence, someone who's supposed to know quite a lot of nitty-gritty of computers), I ...
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Concept of "conditional" downvotes?

Down-voted questions seem to fall into two categories: fixable and unfixable. Some questions are just inappropriate, easily answerable with minimal search effort, or have other problems for which ...
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Difficulty trying to answer old unanswered questions

This site encourages users to try to answer old unanswered questions. I've made several attempts to wade into the 35K+ unanswered questions, but it is like finding a needle in a haystack. From a ...
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Flag as off topic - move to linux/unix community is missing

I have tried to flag ALSA stopped working with default device as off-topic, to move it into Unix & Linux community. However there is no option for that (or I don't see it?): Is this missing on ...
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Can tag wiki edit review be adjusted to make plagiarism easier to catch?

In the Suggested Edits queue, plagiarism is a rejection reason unique to tag wiki edits. Plagiarized edits can be caught by googling the tag wiki text or by googling the product and examining the most ...
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Effect of downvote on reputation

Should downvotes result into bigger reputation loss than -2 ? I believe that compared to +10 for an upvote, -2 is negligible and it would be fair to increase it. Also, since the community is ...
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Update the 'invalid edit' audits?

The audits for 'invalid edits' always have the same pattern: randomly inserted texts They take a long time to load (5-10 seconds) instead of the almost instantaneous 'next'. This means somebody ...
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Allow instant bounty award for "exemplary answers"

When setting a bounty on a question, I'm given several options. One of those options is "One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty". I chose that option, and there's a ...
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Stimulate users to ask how they can achieve something (or: how to avoid the XY problem on SU)

I noticed people sometimes asking questions about a specific solution to their problem instead of asking how to achieve their goal (also known as the XY problem, as explained on Meta SO). For example ...
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New badge for answering N questions

This has nothing to do with the fact I've attempted to answer nearly 1000 questions, but based purely on that fact ( :) ), should there be a badge for answering certain thresholds? Joking aside, ...
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Answers/questions profile page improvements

I've answered a few questions on SU over time, but am curious how many of them were correct (marked as answer). If we could have a ratio (for all time), that would be great. The same can apply to ...
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Add an option to create preformatted PC Specs to questions

There are times that it's really nice to know that the specs of the PC for a question. However many times these specs come in looking like this: My specs: OS: Windows 8 RAM: 8 GB Processor: i5-750 ...
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Can we see the posts we (helpfully) flagged?

When I flag a post and the flag is deemed helpful, the post is usually deleted. For example: https://superuser.com/questions/785287/how-can-i-protect-my-personal-folders-individually-with-password/...
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New style for part of super user

The logo for Super user, I interpret as a [ square bracket and a } curly bracket, with a · middle dot in between. [·}. To keep that style, I noticed a place it could be added. When there is a new ...
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ACTIVATE QUALITY FILTERS FOR QUESTIONS IN ALL CAPS! [duplicate]

Irritating isn't it? The most recent example that appears in previous feature request about the help pages. Is funny that isn't enabled here either. Can we enable it?
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Add a 'No Caps Lock' message/hint/check on the website

I've seen a lot of questions that are originally in CAPS LOCK and with no formatting at all. Most recently, was this and this question with caps lock body, this question with caps lock title, and this ...
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Raise the minimum rep needed to create new tags

Super User has a tag problem. Due to many users who are not acquainted with the site barely reaching the rep threshold to create new tags, many such users misuse it, and that causes a problem as ...
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Why can't I select any stackExchange site for migration?

It's really bugging me. There's a question that I believe belongs on a stackExchange site which is not included in the list below: Who has created that list anyway? Why can't I see any Search field?
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Warn when Approving Edits for Questions On-Hold

Motivated by this similar question, I've noticed a lot of edits being approved when they simply shouldn't be - in particular, for questions that are already on-hold. I've noticed this several times ...
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When reviewing, can we remove these dreadful "Congratulations, this was only a test" questions

Every so often, we review some questions, close questions, reopen questions etc, some of which do take a bit of time, thought and consideration, to suddenly be told "Congratulations, this was a test!...
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Alt Text on Several Graphics

I'm a completely blind user with a screen reader, and while browsing the website, my attention was attracted by this question As I have experience as a blind user, I wanted to make sure the answers ...
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Close votes filter enhancement

The close votes allows us to filter by up to 3 tags. Can these (and if so how) be negative values. For example, I know nothing of Linux, and as such I spend quite a while clicking the skip button. I ...
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A picture is a thousand words. Let's make use of that more. Promote Pictures in SuperUser

I've been to so many forums on computers over the years an one thing always stands out. The Lack of information. Take this recent question for example: https://superuser.com/questions/750311/how-can-...
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Show more details about a Moderator candidate during elections

THE SUGGESTION: For Elections, allow the user to view a specific candidate and see things such as... How many of my own questions has this candidate answered ? How have I rated this candidate's ...
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Under Review mode to show accepted answer along with the question, with 1st new posts, or late answers

More of a suggestion than a question I guess, but so be it. I'm having to constantly Check the entire question when reviewing Late answers or First time new posts. I understand it wouldn't make much ...
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Is it possible to force users to go through the Help Center before they can ask a question?

There seems to be an increase in the number of people asking low quality or off-topic questions. When comments are made to get additional info or to get them to tell us what they have already tried, ...
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Different Categories of Windows

Should we break up the Windows version tags into categories? Sometimes when I ask a question about Windows 8, I'm afraid more people have Windows 7 than 8, and so more people with Windows 7 would ...
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import comments into chat when comments could get chatty? [duplicate]

I know sometimes when there's some to and fro, you get a link offering a chat. And comments are imported into it. But other times a chat is appropriate and because of no to and fro, it doesn't come ...
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Is there a way to get a email whenever there's a new answer in a thread?

Is there a way to get an email alert whenever there's an new update (such as an answer or a comment) on a thread? I know you can just use IFTTT (check out ifttt.com) and set up a trigger, but I want ...
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To improve the Superuser search feature by allowing partially match ("like", "contains") logic

I asked this question: Type to navigate and open anything on screen by using keyboard ? Similar to shortcatapp.com In the content, there is the term "shortcatapp". But when I search using that term, ...
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Improve filtering of spam suggested edits

I've been seeing an increasing number of spam edits in the review queues, replacing the entire body of the post with filler text such as a complement (to get past spam filters), then including a link ...
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Flagging>Closing>Off-Topic>Migration inadequate choices

Flagging>Closing>Off-Topic>Migration has these choices: belongs on meta.superuser.com discussion, support, and feature requests for this site belongs on stackoverflow.com Q&A for ...
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Suggest another stack exchange site while closing

While reviewing close votes some times there are some questions that belong to other other Stack Exchange sites or communities such as https://gaming.stackexchange.com/. Is there a way to suggest ...
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Exception to the minimum answer character count

Sometimes a user just needs a single command line answer. To be most efficient (The mantra of the SE community) it would make sense just to give them a single command to run rather than appending ...
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Can we rename "window" to "gui-window"?

When I was looking around in the windows tag (while waiting for an answer...) I noticed that many people when they were talking about the Windows OS, they tagged it both with windows and window. I do ...
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Remove upvoting on comments under a question, only allow downvoting

If you don't know an answer, why don't you simply pass-by? No question is stupid. We are all human beings and can have different ideas at times and just because of difference, another idea can't be ...
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How do I return to the main site from Meta?

The redesigned all-new top bar has a Help dropdown menu. There's a Meta item in there. That's a great thing, because now you can access Meta easily. On Meta SuperUser it's changing into What's Meta: ...
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Refer users to appropriate sites for off-topic questions on the On-Topic help page

On the android.stackexchange.com on-topic page, they include a link to Stack Overflow for questions related to app development (since it is off-topic for android.SE but on-topic for Stack Overflow): ...
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Feature for Contesting a Duplicate Designation

There needs to be a better way for users who have questions marked as duplicate to contest the designation. As of right now, there is no formal mechanism in the system for a user to be able to ...
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Custom close reason is processed as a comment

When I click on “Close” (under a question), I get a “Why should this question be closed?” dialog box.  If, in that box, I click on “off-topic because…”, I get a “Closing > Off-Topic” box.  If I then ...
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What is the proper way to cite an answer from another StackExchange site?

What is the proper way to cite an answer from another StackExchange site? It is not uncommon to find an answer to a question for SuperUser on ServerFault or StackOverflow. But there doesnt seem to ...
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Display recently awarded gold badges on sidebar (below hot network questions)

Can we use the free space below the Hot Network Questions section to display recently awarded gold badges? No bronze or silver badges like it was done in the past. Just gold badges like for example: ...
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