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  1. Better Error Explanations and Linter for Interaction Model

    I am new to Alexa. I have an utility that generates interaction models. The utility had an bug that omitted values. The JSON editor stated that custom type values could not be empty. At the time, I didn't understand the error. I thought it would have been more helpful if the editor marked where the error was.

    2 votes

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  2. Allow the connecting word "und" in German invocation names

    If a brand has the connecting word "und" in its name I cannot create a skill with this connection word in the invocation names. This is very disappointing and annoying when you learn about this restriction in the certification process and did not notice it before.

    I guess the connection word "und" or "and" in Englisch languages is quite common for brand names. So it will be a big improvement to allow it in the invocation name.

    As a background information: I just got a reply from the support that suggested to demand this feature here.

    22 votes

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  3. Allow changing of invocation name

    Please allow changing/modification of invocation names.

    Having to resubmit a new skill and losing the old users is not really acceptable. We should be allowed to be able to change/tweak the invocation name for various reasons:

    • Invocation name is not responding correctly (despite successful testing).
    • Change of company/business name
    21 votes

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  4. Sample Utterances

    Most of us create a Sample Utterances file
    to copy and past. now you have to type each one in. Also you get Timed out, and have to do it all over again. please fix this.

    2 votes

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  5. List invocation name requirements

    Invocation Name requirements should list that you cannot use connecting words and list those words when selecting an invocation name.

    7 votes

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  6. Allow eliciting slots from previous intent

    Currently, if a user has matched an intent, if using a dialog model, you can elicit a specific slot.

    There are times when you want to continue to elicit that slot, for example if you are playing a game that requires the user and Alexa to go back and forth with responses with the user filling the same elicited slot each time.

    However if the user says Help, or let's say you have another intent for asking the score or any other question, that moves to another intent, you cannot elicit that previous intent's slot anymore. For any skill, a…

    7 votes

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  7. Add developer specific phonetic dictionary to skill builder

    Synonyms are looking to be useful as a fix for misconstrued words, but a true phonetic skill dictionary would be better than trying to force misinterpreted words as common words when Alexa doesn’t know what was said.

    I’m looking for a way to submit less common words for Alexa to understand. In programming, it is becoming obvious that some esoteric or genre specific terms are missing. See http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?151-D-D-Pronunciation-Guide for examples of words Alexa should be able to derive from speech, but regularly misconstrues. I wouldn’t contend that Alexa needs to understand each one, but using this as a guide may…

    2 votes

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  8. Add location awareness setting to Alexa

    Currently for visitors, they have to know specific location names in order to use Alexa functionlaity correctly. e.g. simply saying "turn off lights/music" would be too ambiguous, or would result in all lights/music in the house turning off.

    Add location awareness to Alexa so that, for instance when saying "turn off lights" or "play music on Sonos", Alexa can be configured to only apply the command to devices that are located the room in which that particular Alexa unit is actually located.

    39 votes

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  9. Pass original date spoken in request

    In Dialogflow, you can get the original text spoken for an entity/slot. So for a date, the user can say "this week" and Dialogflow passes the date and the string "this week". This is useful when you are showing a message such as "Sorry, no parcel will be collected this week". Can you update the request to pass the original text in Resolution - Authorities - Values

    4 votes

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  10. Searchable and continually updated list of all certified skill invocation names for developers to check

    Allow developers to easily check to see if a skill invocation name has been previously used by another skill.

    2 votes

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  11. Session timeout - tell me earlier

    If my session has timed out, please let me know sooner rather than later. Right now, I'm able to keep adding intents, utterances, slot types, etc. but as soon as I click "Save Model" , I lose those changes because I have to refresh/log back in.

    25 votes

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  12. Sample Utterance Issue

    Unfortunately Alexa didn't react anymore to my sample utterances. I had to delete all of them and add them again manually

    1 vote

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    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Thanks for pointing this out! We’ll get this routed over to the appropriate internal team for review.

  13. Fuzzy match intent handler

    Request: a fuzzy match intent handler for spoken utterances, e.g.:

    if contains("sometext")...

    This would allow for a more conversational exchange between the user and Alexa. For example, if the user utterance includes the phrase "not feeling well", the skill could give a sympathetic reply without having to explicitly match every possible permutation of a sentence containing that phrase via intents.

    6 votes

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    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Thanks for the suggestion, April! We’ll get this routed over to the appropriate internal team for review.

  14. Bulk upload of training for the new Beta Builder

    The interaction model has two view - the old preview one and the new Beta preview one. They support different features and switching in between, deletes the changes made. The only reason why my team is still using the old preview, is because we can easily upload new and edit the old training. Would be great if this is also possible in the Beta preview, as to use the other new features available, like synonyms, dialogues, etc.

    1 vote

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    Received  ·  Alexa Admin responded

    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received

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