The Help Center page on finding interesting topics is hopelessly outdated.

Please update it (and potentially others) to:

  • Remove mentions of the defunct email subscription feature:

If you'd like to be notified of new activity within a certain tag, you can subscribe via email or RSS by...

  • Explain custom filters, which go completely unmentioned throughout the entire Help Center
  • Replace references to "favorite" tags with "watched" tags
  • Update the references to defunct UI, e.g.:

You can also toggle a tag between normal, favorite, or ignored by mousing over the tag and clicking the star icon.

  • Replace the images with modern equivalents:
    • Eg. Replace:

    Legacy tag banner pop-up

    • With:
      Modern tag banner pop-up

Also, replace the link used in

For more tips, visit the search page and click on "advanced tips".

with a direct link to the relevant Help Center page instead.

Prompted by this user request I would have loved to close as duplicate of a help page.

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    The CMs have been reviewing some of the help center pages recently, so I'm adding the [status-review] tag so that this can be added to the list of pages for us to look at.
    – V2Blast
    Jan 21, 2022 at 20:10
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    Oh wow, those outdated tips have been up for another 2y+? Wow. o_o
    – Raphael
    Jan 25, 2022 at 8:42
  • The examples are for a particular site. Is this only about that site or is it generally applicable? Can you add an indication to your question? For example, does "potentially others" refer to other help center pages or to other sites? (But without "Edit:", "Update:", or similar - the question should appear as if it was written today.) Jan 25, 2022 at 13:50
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    @This_is_NOT_a_forum Features are mentioned on that page that do not exist on SE anymore. It's the same on all network sites. Personally, I think that's clear enough from the question as is.
    – Raphael
    Jan 25, 2022 at 14:07
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    I stumbled across this after almost spinning up my own request to ask for the same updates/ changes to this particular page; I can't believe this request has been sitting dormant for nearly 2 years. The state of the Help Center has got to get a bump in priority; it's ridiculous that the site's own documentation is outdated enough to not reference major features like filters.
    – zcoop98
    Apr 15, 2022 at 16:31
  • An MSO post that mentions the "favorite tags" phrasing needing an update: Favorite tags and up to date help
    – V2Blast
    Aug 23, 2022 at 2:18

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I've updated the linked Help Center article (located at /help/interesting-topics) network-wide to address all the issues you mentioned. I basically rewrote a bunch of the article (including outdated feature names and descriptions of the UI), updated the screenshots, added some clarifications to various sections, and added a new section on custom filters.

While I was editing the body of the article, I also changed the title to: "How do I use tags to find topics I'm interested in?". (It was originally titled "How do I find topics I'm interested in?" – presumably referencing "interesting tags", the original name of the feature now known as tag watching.) I figured I'd avoid changing the title completely – but at least now the title more accurately reflects what this Help Center page is about.


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