Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. 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…

    6 votes

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

  3. Use dynamic entities with slot elicitation in order to refine choice

    I'd like to set a dynamic entity with specific answers, and then prompt for the slot with that type. This isn't possible because of this error:"No other directives are allowed to be specified with a Dialog directive. The following Directives were returned: [Dialog.UpdateDynamicEntities]"

    The use case is refining the customer's choice where lots of the choices have similar values. The dynamic entity is being used to distinguish between them.

    5 votes

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  4. 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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  5. 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…

    3 votes

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  6. Slots that are lists

    Sometimes I want to ask the user for a list of things that are of the same slot type.

    For example:
    Skill: At what times do you take your medications?
    User: 7 AM, 12 PM, and 7 PM

    Right now, I have to ask for them individually.

    3 votes

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  7. Pass PIN to backend LockController interface

    I have somo lock systems that need to pass a PIN to backend, can this feature be added to LockController interface?

    2 votes

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  8. 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.

    2 votes

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  9. 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.

    2 votes

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  10. Allow to add/change Intent utterances without going again into the certification process

    When your skill is Live, you will identify phrases that user would use to interact with your skill. It would be nice if we could add or change utterances and build the skill model without submitting for certification process again

    2 votes

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  11. Allow sending WakeUp event synchronously in response to a TurnOn/TurnOff directive

    WakeUp event is a great addition but it could be 10 times better. Right now, you can only send it asynchronously to the Event Gateway, which requires authentication with user's Amazon account. This means more work to get it functional and also more costs for the developers.

    If we could just send the WakeUp event in response to the TurnOn/TurnOff directive, directly back to the device that initiated the directive, it would make things more straight forward.

    2 votes

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  12. Allow conditional slots in the interaction model

    Similar to lex, it would be help to know whether a slot should be elicited prior to the request entering the fulfillment service. I've seen that even if a slot is required, the presence of a slot value must be checked in the lambda function and the ElicitSlot directive returned rather than interaction model determining that ahead of time.

    2 votes

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  13. Version Control for interaction model schema

    A great feature would be to revision control the interaction model schema and also tool too compare it with previous versions and show history. We work as a team and another great integration would be some sort of github or stash integration .

    2 votes

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  14. Add slot sequence numbers to the request

    AFAIU dialogs follow the slot sequence. It would be nice to have the slot sequence numbers in the request for Elicit/ConfirmSlot customization.

    2 votes

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Proactive Notification for Public Safety messages

    Especially in CA, PSPS has become very important.

    1 vote

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  19. Add sender-id to smarthome directives

    Would it be possible to transmit the name, room-name, or serial number of the respective echo device when sending a directive (e.g. turn-on) through the api to my AVS smarthome device.
    This would allow me to react differently depending in which room the voice command was issued.

    1 vote

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  20. Commands white/ black list

    I would love to have a feature to block or ignore all commands which were not allowed before.

    This would make it so much easier to only use it for what you need like „volume up/down“, „lights on“... and all other stuff is just gone.

    No more strange interactions with Alexa when she understands something i haven‘t said at all!

    How?

    Give us a whitelist/blacklist function or multiple choice select/deselect option.

    Thanks

    1 vote

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