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I keep seeing these question about how to do this or that using this.

I was wondering if there could be a FAQ section where user can post a commonly asked question along with the answer so other users can quickly find answers to some basic questions and can vote if they found it useful.


i guess i am thinking of something more like a "how to section" where some of the more experienced users can post qustion and answers on how to do certain tasks. i guess more like a learning tool

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You mean like this? – Servy Oct 15 '12 at 15:40
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As Chichiray notes, the FAQ feature already exists, with topics selected automatically based on what gets linked to.

The facility for posting "how-to" docs also exists, after a fashion: they have to be written in Q&A format:

  • if you have a question that you already know the answer to
  • if you’d like to document it in public so others (including yourself) can find it later
  • it is OK to ask, and answer, your own question on a relevant Stack Exchange site.


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tag-wiki feature looks worth mentioning, too: "...a community-wiki editable home page per tag. One where we could place essentially the tag-specific FAQ..." – gnat Oct 16 '12 at 7:00

Most commonly linked questions are already listed under the "faq" tab when you browse the main tag page. If it wasn't most commonly linked, then it wouldn't have been most commonly asked.

For example, here is the listing of the . Just click the "faq" tab in the top:

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Thanks for the reply. Lol I hadn't noticed that link till you and @Servy pointed it out. Please read my edit. What I had in mind is I guess more like a tutorial section where users can learn by looking at examples. – keshav Oct 16 '12 at 2:02
I'm unsure how that's in the end better than what Stack Overflow already offers as being a Q&A site. – BalusC Oct 16 '12 at 2:10
Well I see a lot of questions that people don't know how to get started. Most of the question on SO are about specific issues people are having (and they should be) but if there are these tutorials people can follow I think there will be less of these vague question that get voted down all the time. These questions are usually asked by new users who might get discouraged if their question are in the negatives – keshav Oct 16 '12 at 2:23
Those people who can't figure where to start are then on SO simply at the wrong place. They're better off buying a starter book and/or reading the authoritative resource on the matter (e.g. Oracle's own tutorials in case of Java). – BalusC Oct 16 '12 at 2:23
Yea maybe ... They don't have to be beginner level tutorials you could (should) have advance stuff as well ....I don't know I just thought it would be neat to have place where you can learn new things in a clean environment like SO. – keshav Oct 16 '12 at 2:40

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