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  1. Including post-ER slot value in NLU annotation sets

    In my slot values I use lots of synonyms and it would be much easier to maintain the annotation sets if I could specify the canonical string for the expected slot value. In other words, if in my slot value definition I have the following value:

    ```
    {
    "name": {

    "value": "human",
    
    "synonyms": [
    "girl",
    "boy",
    "woman",
    "man"
    ]

    }
    },
    ```
    I'd love to be able to write in my annotation set


    utterance Intent slot[creature]
    I want to be a boy CreatureSelectionIntent human
    Let's try a woman CreatureSelectionIntent human

    The canonical values are resolved at some point anyway, and…

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  2. Add support to SetNavigation directive in nativally.

    Currently I saw the model doesn't offer support to SetNavigation directive natively, so to use it's needed an work around to do this.

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  3. Using a skill's supported invocation phrases should enable and lauch into the skill.

    Currently when attempting to interact with a new skill that has not been manually enabled with either "{launch word} {skill name}" or "{Intent} with {skill name}" Alexa will respond that she does not know. The platform should support matching on skill name and either auto enable the skill or prompt the user to enable and use the skill. If the user chooses to enable the skill, then immediately launch into the skill. This would reduce friction points from a user perspective and better support new skills on the marketplace. When Alexa merely responds with not knowing how to react to…

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  4. Allow developers to prioritize intents

    Currently the fallback intent is the only intent that can be triggered if no other intents are. The issue with this is no slots can be added to the fallback so no logic can be done based on what the user said. If we could have a custom intent intent between main functionality and the fallback, it would be a lot easier to make things more conversational, add custom nlp and add FAQ sections to skills.

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  5. Person name is not taking properly

    I want to make an alexa skill which takes two person names and test the love percentage. But what I came to see that alexa is not accurate when it comes to the person name. Is there a way that I can give the person name using spelling For example : I want to give 'Tejasai' as a slot but alexa is taking it as 'Tejas', Instead I want to give slot (or input) as
    'T' 'E' 'J' ' A ' 'S' 'A' 'I'

    (spelling out each individual character) and it has to take the input as ' TEJASAI'.

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  6. Wait for further questions without wake up word

    Listen for further questions without the wake up word after Alexa answers a question.

    Wait for stop order without wake up word when alarms sound.

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  7. Follow me

    When I have asked Alexa to start playing a CD in one room, but I am moving to another room, I don’t want to restart from the beginning. I want to be able to say “Alexa, follow me to the kitchen” and have what I was doing in the living room appear instead in the kitchen. If I am going back and forth a lot, it may be nice to be able to say “add the kitchen” and have it play in both places, but then be able to remove one device by saying “stop playing in the kitchen”. I…

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  8. Increase the Dynamic Entities update limit for bigger intent slots updates

    When using dynamic entities (slots type whose values are updated through the Dynamic Entities API), there is a limit of 100 values, including synonyms. Over this limit, the update request is simply ignored.
    This limit is far not enough since it includes synonyms: if having 30 slots for instance, each slot having 10 synonyms, we already are over the limit (we have then 300 values to update).

    The skill I develop is a game where the user can interact with objects in the place or in his pockets. He often have near of 20 possible objects, and to make them…

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  9. Passthrough mode - In local mode, forward/catch-all to an intent

    A feature called like "Passthrough": If a skill is in developer mode, only local (Alexa linked to the same account of the skill author?), forward any request to a predefined intent "Catch all", and if reply false, continue with the normal Alexa parser flow. For hobbyist and local/personal use.

    Reason:

    In my home, i have a custom home-automation system command(string)>response(string), with a Telegram bot (called "Memole"). Commands like "Temperature", "Power report", "Activate garden" etc.

    I have a lots of Alexa and i develop (note: for myself only) a Custom Skill and a Home Skill.

    Now, for the Telegram equivalent command…

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  10. Don't require constant customer dialog interaction for long-form content

    I would love to see some improvement to the possible interactions that can occur between an Alexa skill and customers. Currently, it relies heavily on a back and forth dialog with customers, but isn't well-suited to long-form content (like articles, which I'll use as an example throughout going forward). I'd like to be able to return a relatively small amount of an article at a time, and react to events emitted by the Alexa infrastructure that allow me to prepare the next chunk of the article and present it to the customer seamlessly, without any interruption.

    Say we have a…

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  11. Name-Free interaction for Private Skill

    We will like a Name-Free interaction for Private Skill.
    Since more users will use private skill, Name-Free interaction can make people easy to trigger and use private skills.

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  12. Interaction model size

    Increase the interaction model size from 2.5MB. This limits the usability to a great extent. It has a lot of scope from a business perspective if the size is increased.

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  13. add interaction model editor and skill settings to ask toolkit for vs code

    I believe a great addition to the ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code would be to bring more of the visual tools and editors within the IDE. It would be great to be able to work through the interaction model and add intents, utterances, slots, etc as well as the general skill properties and be able to validate them before deployment or building in the developer console that would update my local files. Then when I deploy my skill using ask-cli everything is in sync with my changes.

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  14. Add request/command invocation type to be sent for intents

    Allow an intent to receive information on whether or not the user had requested an intent or given a command.

    Especially for kid skills, the ability to alter the response based on the manners involved in invoking the intent could drastically alter the response and, if given as an aspect of the skill info on the marketplace, alter parents decision to enable it for their children.

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  15. Have two volume settings. 1 for the Alexa voice, and 2, for music volume. Then if your music volume is low you could set "alexa" higher.

    Needed if you want low background music, but want Alexa interactions as well. Currently - you have to keep turning the volume up and down

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  16. Make Follow Up listening duration configurable

    I'm not a native English speaker and it takes me longer to think about the command I'm going to say. As such, I often find the follow up mode unusable for me because Alexa stops listening sooner than I manage to formulate the next command in my head. It's also often a bit unclear when does Alexa start listening (in Follow Up) and when does it stop so I easily end up in ridiculous command-repeating situations.

    Making this listening time configurable would allow me to extend this duration while keeping it the same for quicker speakers.

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  17. CanFulfill should work with private\development skills.

    As the title states. I am not sure if this is a technical limitation, and why it only applies to public skills. Canfulfill is completely ignored on development\private skills and I think that limits it's use in both practice and during testing.

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  18. session attributes

    Session attributes should be included in all requests and responses between alexa and a skill. Why would sessionEnd miss the session attributes? It is like talking to a person without short term memory.

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  19. Creating Dynamic Intents as well as entities

    Creating Dynamic intents at run time similar to the way dynamic entities work. This would create a lot of flexibility to adapt skills without re-deploying. Thanks for your considerations

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  20. Retrieve the PowerState info through the voice

    Currently, on Smart Home Skills it is not possible to retrieve the PowerState info through the voice; the only information I noticed that can be retrieved seems to be the status for smart locks and the temperature/setpoint for thermostats...
    The power state probably represents one of the most used interfaces for smart devices, and its status retrieval would be very useful for the user: in my opinion it's very limiting to interact by using the voice with a device without knowing if it is powered on or off.

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