Is StackApps.com the place to suggest applications you would like to see created?

I sometimes receive suggestions along the lines of "Is it possible add [feature-suggestion] to Stack Exchange?" I send most feature requests to meta.stackoverflow but some suggestions seem more appropriate for a custom software application.

Is it appropriate for end-users to come here with suggestions for applications to be created?

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    great question. now we just need to stick a cattle prod in jeff and get him to start a dialog about making stackapps approriate for both end-users and devs. – Sky Sanders Jul 2 '10 at 17:50
  • @code: Come on! I have already made an end-user friendly site at stacklist.quickmediasolutions.com - can we stick to what we already have? – Nathan Osman Jul 3 '10 at 1:17
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    @geo - yes you have. but this is one of the 'issues going forward' that i warned you about. your site is great but you don't have the web presence nor the marketing team/budget to promote that the SO borg has. comprende? – Sky Sanders Jul 3 '10 at 2:22
  • @code: Everyone had to start somewhere. Why can't you support something that at least exists... that is what will make it have an increased web presence. And besides... budget != good-quality site. (Look at MySpace if you don't believe me...) – Nathan Osman Jul 3 '10 at 2:25

My humble opinion: given that all the App/API devs are here, it makes sense to post app suggestions here. Might create a new "app-request" tag.

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    +1 for the app-request tag suggestion - this should become a regular featured tab alongside the apps tab, actually, to get Stack Apps into the desired and logical direction of being the Stack Exchange app store, as @code poet and others are correctly advocating, unfortunately somewhat at odds with the Stack Exchange Pantheon right now, apparently ;) – Steffen Opel Jul 2 '10 at 20:37
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    I just submitted a respective feature request, hope you don't mind - as mentioned there your cool tag name really pin pointed the issue at hand! – Steffen Opel Jul 2 '10 at 21:25


This is the perfect place to suggest an idea for an application.

Now, if you suggest an application idea and I implement it, do you have any IP claim?

There are all kinds of people in the world and you just have to expect that someone is going to raise a fuss of one kind or another regarding IP, but that just comes with the territory I suppose.


If you think that the requested feature is best for a custom app and not a general feature for a site send them here.

There are lots of devs here just waiting to jump on a great new idea.

(That's my not humble opinion.)

  • That's true. I'm kind of busy with StackList, but would welcome any ideas for things to create. – Nathan Osman Jul 3 '10 at 1:18

Here is a question I started already a while back:

What ideas do you have for the API?

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