Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. The error message "Skill I/O is available only for speech requests to skills you have created". keeps appearing when I am testing a skill that I in fact have created. The most frustrating part is if I was able to see the Skil I/O for the skill I created, I would much better be able to figure out what is wrong with it.

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  2. Would be great if you could provide collected information about all my skills in my console, for example how many sessions all my skills together had to handle last month, how many new users activated my skills etc.. I usually just want a quick overview over how my skills are doing and don't want to click through all my skills.

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  3. Hello Amazon,

    When you reply to ticket cases, if I have many open, you do not make any reference in the email to which ticket you are replying to (except the case number) so it is very difficult to know what you are responding to, especially if there are many tickets open.

    Even in the original email acknowledging the ticket has been opened, there is no reference to the original reason the ticket has been opened.

    It would be great if you could add the original text submitted to the email so that that we know what you are responding…

    5 votes

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  4. Increase the session time at-least for the developers account. We need to give quality of code right? Some times we may need to debug the code .

    "The requested skill took too long to respond"

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  5. There is a bug in the new Console. I cannot include both SSML and a question mark because validation says: "You can only have a '?' at the end of a prompt" but for SSML you need to have the closing </speak> tag.

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  6. Have a configuration for the REDIRECT_URI to NOT be passed as part of the URL parameters from Alexa Skill linking. Since we know the possible URIs to redirect to, we would keep these URIs in our app configuration to use when sending back instead of getting the URI as a parameter attribute.

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  7. My desire: To use slots of one type in values for slots of another type.

    My reason: I am using an API that also process language. I must send a string to the API detailing an initial condition; let's call that slot X. The slot that gathers the initial condition reuses a specific word (let's call it Y) and several of it synonyms over and over again. So if i could enter values for slot X such as "my head {Y}" or "my arm {Y}", it would save me a great deal of time.

    Counter Argument: Why not just concatenate…

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  8. Please allow exporting of analytics to pdf file as per the time range (weekly, monthly). We need this to share with clients to showcase how their Alexa skills are doing and they are getting ROI on investment. without this report not many clients would like to spend more time or money on it. Generating this report for every client manually is not possible when we have hundreds of skills. Also it would be great if this report can be emailed to given email id periodically.

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  9. Allow OpenID Connect or SAML federated login to Alexa Developer Console.

    We have several teams in our organization who are starting to work on skills that they intend to release publicly. Most other services we use support federated login using OpenIdConnect/SAML, but the Alexa Developer Console notably does not.

    I know console access currently isn't currently structured in a way that federated login would make particular sense, but being able to say from my side "users in this AD security group can login to the Alexa Console and manage our skills" so they have access granted and revoked as they…

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  10. For some reason I cannot specify a Lambda endpoint which has an alias qualifier at the end. For example, I want to have two aliases: TEST and PROD that point to different versions of the lambda function.

    When I am trying to save the endpoint, it shows a "manifest error" message.

    It worked fine before. My other skills that were created using the old developer portal UI still have their endpoint

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  11. I get the error message:

    This may be due to an expired session, or a model that exceeds 1MB in size.

    which is new a new constraint, 3 month ago that same language model worked fine (in the old alexa console, which now also throws this error message). My language model is rather huge (~2.8MB), since I'm using the occupations model of the European Commission (ESCO: https://ec.europa.eu/esco/portal/occupation).

    It is very unfortunate that the custom types are counted against the 1 MB budget. If I used the built-in types, I could use more intents and example sentences in my languageModel.…

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  12. I have a certified skill, so now have a development copy hanging off it. I messed up the development version hanging off it. Is there a quick way to reset the development version back to the same as the live version to undo all my development changes?

    I think it would be great to make a button to do this. Otherwise, I will try to just delete the Interaction Model JSON.

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  13. When skill events were originally released last summer, they were only configurable from the SMAPI/CLI. The implicit reason at the time was "there's a new developer console coming, it's not worth it to implement new features on the old one".

    The new skill console is out now, and it still doesn't appear that there's a way to set my skill to use skill events.

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  14. Hello, Alexa can't pronounce the word '&'. It's very frustrating

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  15. In the test simulator, it would be great if "8" would be understood as a spoken word "eight" so I don't have to type a number every time. This took me about 3 hours to figure out / debug a bug in my code that wasn't there.

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  16. Allow an al time selection in the analytics section

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  17. In the Alexa Developer Console Test panel, add a button next to each bubble in the transcript pane that reloads that phrase and submits with 1 click.

    In testing it's common to use the same value over and over and over, currently I do the very tedious: select the transcript text, copy, paste into the input field, hit enter. Should be an easy feature upgrade to give a button next to all inputs in the transcript so they can be reloaded quickly.

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  18. Bad user interface. Also, no step-by-step instruction how to convert a skills created in 2017 to the new format.

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  19. When a build fails or save fails, the error prompt is not descriptive:

    Operation Failed
    The attempted operation has returned an unspecified error. This may be due to an expired session, or a model that exceeds 1MB in size.

    Think more descriptive and precises error messages are needed, algo between every save or build I usually make several changes, it would be nice so the difference between actual json and the one from the previous successful save.

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  20. Ability to send back a variable, in the SSML response, which will convert to the user's first name. This allows for the identity to remain hidden to the skill's developer, however, enables the developer to personalize the skill. This can be done for a specific voice profile. If the first name is not available, then it is gracefully ignored. For example:

    <speak>@fname, here is your quote of the day.</speak>
    would either convert to
    "Sebastien, here is your quote of the day"
    Or
    "here is your quote of the day"

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