Is the feature-request tag an official thing?

I don’t see anything about it in the help page (which is the closest I can find to a description of the intended purpose of AskLibO) or the FAQ, but I see lots of posts tagged feature-request. Is this just wishful thinking on the part of users, or do the LibreOffice developers take this seriously as a tracker for feature requests?

This is definitely just wishful thinking. The official information (How to use the Ask site available from main Ask page) clearly states that feature requests are not appropriate here, and should go to bug tracker.

Thanks! And that is a useful page, too bad the link to it is kind of lost in the page. The help (as part of the upper left controls) and the FAQ (as part of the footer) had some prominence to my eye, unlike the fourth link of five in sidebar to the right.