Provide highly-visible, built-in, extension request and voting mechanism (similar to feedback)

By design Issue #8472326

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Author
Adrian S.
Created
Aug 12, 2016
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Edge should include functionality to allow users to specify and vote on enhancements they would like to see added to the browser through the extension mechanism. They should be able to specify a title, a small description and some keywords/tags to define their enhancement request.

The user-provided data should be posted to and hosted by Microsoft. It should be accessible through a front-and-center UI affordance. Voting on existing enhancement requests should be possible, with some kind of anti-vote-rigging mechanism helping to stop voting abuse/spamming. Full-text and keyword/tag searching against this request database should be possible.

It might be argued that the current feedback mechanism (accessible from Edge) is sufficient to satisfy the points detailed in this issue, but, IMO, it’s lacking in that it does not specifically target extensions and instead lumps many other kinds of feedback into the same pool. Users should know that their request is primarily aimed at non-Microsoft extension developers who would be keeping an eye out for top-voted extension requests.

Edge is currently far behind in the extension department; the feature detailed here would provide a way to accelerate the development of the most desired extensions.

Of course, what is suggested here could itself be implemented as an extension, but, if not hosted by Microsoft and provided out-of-the-box, it is not likely to end up being used by the greatest number of users possible.

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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “Brad E.”

      Changed Status to “By design”

    • Thank you for taking your time to provide us your
      valuable feedback. This feedback falls under a feature or design change
      request. Please login to our Windows Feedback (or Feedback Hub) app (Steps
      below) and feel free to file your suggestion so others can review your
      suggestion and vote it up!

       

      Use the Windows Feedback (or Feedback Hub) app to tell us
      which features you love, which features you could do without, or when something
      could be better.

       

      1. Go to Start Windows Start icon, enter the phrase
        Windows Feedback (or Feedback Hub), then select Windows Feedback (or Feedback
        Hub).
      1. See if someone else has given similar feedback by
        entering the topic, such as Microsoft Calendar.
      1. If you find similar feedback, select it, add any
        details, then select Upvote.
      1. To narrow your search to a specific category, pick the
        category that most closely matches your feedback (so it gets to the right
        people quickly). For example, for feedback about the Calendar app, select Apps

      Calendar.

      1. If you don’t find any similar feedback, select Add new
        feedback (In your case you select suggestion option), and choose a topic from
        Select a category and then Select a subcategory.
      1. Enter your feedback (the more details the better!),
        add a screenshot if you can, and you’re done.

      Best regards,

      The MS Edge Team

    • It seems the feedback hub has a description field that allows only 1000 characters. That cuts the text I wrote for this issue is cut off around 2/3 of the way through when I paste it in. I tried to be as concise as possible while still getting my message across so I’d rather not cut out part of the body. Would it be possible for the description field to be made larger? Twice as large would allow for a reasonable description, I would think.

    • I relayed your feedback of the character limit and they provided a workaround for us.  They suggested that you take a screenshot of the text and then upload that as an attachment.

      I hope this helps you - we greatly value your feedback on our software.

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Brad. Unfortunately, adding an attachment doesn’t seem to work. Maybe attachments take some time to become visible in the feedback, but choosing the screenshot image, it was displayed as a smaller preview, but then nothing appeared after submitting. So all in all, I’m not too happy with how that worked out. Will the character limit be increased any time soon?

      BTW, what’s wrong with leaving the issue open, here? I’ve seen other requests in the tracker and some people, devs in particular, might come here rather than going to the feedback hub. If they do, it would be nice if they could vote.

    • We close/resolve items to track our own workflows (which focuses on bugs, and not feature requests). The community is always welcome to provide comments to this existing items (no matter the status) but the primary focus for the Edge Issue Tracker is to track bugs - and not feature requests. Feature requests go to the feedback hub and bugs go to the issue tracker, generally speaking.

      I can’t guarantee that the character limits will be increased in the future, but I can promise that I passed your feedback on character limits along to the team responsible :)  Sorry that the attachment didn’t work out as expected.  Hopefully they will increase that character limit sooner rather than later.

      And we genuinely hope that others provide feedback in whichever method they feel is most convenient.  Feedback hub,  Issue Tracker, or even our UserVoice site - we will always be ready to review it.

      Also it might be worth visiting our UserVoice page we have setup for Edge. It meets some of your requirements that you provided in the repro steps for this feedback. It is managed by Microsoft, has a voting system, and has keyword/tag searching features. Here is the URL for that:

      https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/257854-microsoft-edge-developer

      It still doesn’t have the utilization or focus exclusively on extensions - but is worth a visit at least.

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