The guidance for newer users is awesome, and probably even sometimes redundant. However, as soon as you get past some arbitrary rep threshold, especially on smaller sites, there's this huge learning curve when you want to learn more about the system, in other words look around a bit.
A good portion of users even have trouble finding here, but that's not my concern.
My concern is that whenever I'm trying to ask a meta post about site workings, sometimes the info is so dispersed out here and on meta.SO that I give up altogether. Of course, this doesn't happen really often, but it's indeed a pain to find fine details of how some feature works with all the punny titles and idioms.
If you're a regular here, you're already familiar with how hard it sometimes is to find information about, for instance, how flagging NAAs works. Finding this is easy, because I already remembered the title and that it contained a "castle". Not every post is as easily findable. Sometimes you post a question after already having searched on Google and looking at the related questions and end up having your question closed as a duplicate.
Even some interesting ways some things work is hidden in a comment by, say, Shog or Animuson, effectively unsearchable by "SE search".
What can we do to remedy this? What can we do to make obscure information more accessible?
Possible solutions are including, but not limited to:
- Abandon ship and make another system from scratch — impractical, and I like repz
- Edit titles and question bodies to include only Robotic English (RobE) — Probably not that much of an improvement. Most titles are fine.
- Ask more canonical-ish stuff, that gather info from several posts, instead of one — Seems like a good idea, but might end up as messy as before