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My first rhetorical question on SO… well I was wondering about the moderation requirements so I made my first trip to meta. I searched for "who can edit questions?", as I had on stackoverflow, and got nothing useful. Then I looked at the "hey, you're new here!" banner and followed the link to the FAQ, where I got the info. (Well, actually I got the idea to directly enter the URL http://stackoverflow.com/faq .)

But if it were my second time visiting meta, I might never have found it.

So, FAQs being frequently asked, wouldn't it be useful to put them somewhere the search engine can find?

EDIT: To be crystal clear, here is a link "demonstrating the misbehavior": http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=what+kind+of+questions+can+I+ask+here%3F

EDIT 2: The proposal here is to "put them somewhere the search engine can find." I don't propose rephrasing the FAQ and didn't mean to propose to give it the format of a question. So I have edited the title of this question.

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You mean these gems? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/faq –  random Feb 11 '10 at 1:32
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No, I mean the pages at stackoverflow.com/faq, meta.stackoverflow.com/faq, etc. That tag is not what I'm looking for, and it has no equivalent on the other sites. –  Potatoswatter Feb 11 '10 at 2:29

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I think the idea is that the FAQ should be consulted before searching, since those questions are asked frequently.

You do make a good point, though.

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May be, but I got so used to ignoring the FAQ link that my eyes skipped over it. It shouldn't interfere too much with regular search, being just one page after all. –  Potatoswatter Feb 11 '10 at 2:35

Well, there is always this question:

Where is the FAQ?

Joking aside, if you really think that a lot of people search for "who can edit questions?", there's nothing stopping you from asking the question here on meta, so it will eventually be available in the search.

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Although I have a gut feeling it will be closed as a dupe of the above question. But then again, it will still be available in the search and eventually point the asker in the right direction. –  fretje Mar 13 '10 at 22:52

Assuming this is a good idea, it would be interesting if each Q of the FAQ were a separate question actually, tagged SO-FAQ.

Clicking the FAQ link would take you to http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/so-faq

That said, I don't see this as a really good idea, because it just makes the FAQ less usable, AND it allows the masses to rise up against The Double-J Squad with their petty comments (which is what meta is for anyway, huh?)

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Looking back on this page, I think there is a huge misunderstanding here. See update to question. –  Potatoswatter Apr 29 '11 at 2:31

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