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Add to FAQ: How to give good answers [duplicate]

I wanted to check the FAQ to see if there was a guide on giving good answers, and I couldn't find one. Am I blind? Should this be added? What made me think of it is a common theme in bad answers I ...
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Howto guides for absolute beginners [duplicate]

Are there any howto guides that show the basic aspects of using SO? It would be nice to have something to link to when telling a user to stop creating new questions whenever their original question is ...
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What happen to Cross Validated faq page [duplicate]

When I tried to access Cross Validated faq page, It get redirect to about page. So my question is : What happen to Cross Validated faq page.
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
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Exit strategies for “chameleon questions”

I'm not sure if there's already an existing term for this, so I'm inventing my own. (tl;dr: I call them "chameleon questions" because they change every time you submit or edit an answer. If you're ...
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Closing changes: on hold, unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic reasons, bye-bye to Too Localized

After a ton of discussion, work and input from the community, we're rolling out the remainder of major closing changes that you've helped us design, as discussed in these prior posts. They're live, ...
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The Help Vampire problem

What is Stack Overflow's long-term solution for the Help Vampire problem? Quote from article follows: Identifying Help Vampires can be tricky, because they look like any ordinary person (or ...
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Should 'drive by' downvoting be more effectively caught?

I have an answer that I'm certain is technically correct. However, it continues to be downvoted. The answer has already been noted in comments on other answers to be better. It goes more in-depth than ...
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Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions?

It annoys me when people post answers to obviously off-topic questions like this one, especially after those questions have already received several close votes. Migrations seem to happen rather ...
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SO's lack of documentation

Given the barrage of downvotes because I could not find something on meta that apparently everyone thought I should know, I would like to mention what I see is a serious disconnect in the organization ...
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Analytical Badge still showing “FAQ”

I just noticed that the FAQ link at the top of the page is replaced with "help". However, the description of the Analytical Badge is still "Visited every section of the FAQ". Shouldn't this also be ...
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Replace [faq] magiclink with [help]

With the new addition of the help center, the FAQ is now a part of the help center and the link up top has even been replaced with "help" instead of "faq". Now the [faq] magic link still reads "faq",...
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On-topic list is too hard to find in the new help center

The On-Topic section is really the core of what defines a site. In the former FAQ sections, it was prominently placed and easy to identify. Now in the Help Center, it is buried half way down and 3 ...
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Update the Markdown help to reflect the modern realities of Stack Exchange 2.0

On technical sites, the Markdown help page rightly begins with guidance on formatting code. But the page is reused on non-technical sites where code formatting is either completely unnecessary or co-...
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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. ...
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Improved Help Center - site-specific pages and site-specific edits to all pages

Right now, moderators can edit some pages in a site's Help Center. For example, the entire /help/on-topic page can be edited. However, the /help/dont-ask page can't be edited at all. I'd like to see ...
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To be nice or to support bad questions

Today this question was posted in SO were the OP just posted a link with a bunch of minified JS/jQuery code. I went for it, fixed indenting and found the "bug". Should I have not answered and vote ...
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Bifurcation of voting standards and the perils of tag editing

The official policies for voting were recently changed on Meta, suggesting that voting behavior be based on the tag applied to a question: A Proposal for More Constructive Downvoting on Meta: Express ...
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Can the post ban message show links to deleted questions or answers?

Over and over again people come to meta and say they were banned for "one bad answer" or "one bad question." They don't understand that deleted posts count, no matter who deleted them. Often, a ...
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Why does Server Fault's new help system de-emphasize the professional audience?

The new help system doesn't work at all on ServerFault.com. Only IT people know the expression 'stack overflow', thus 99% of new Stack Overflow users know it's a coding site. Unfortunately the same ...
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Do we avoid questions about current events that have a limited life?

RPG Stack Exchange, along with a few other older sites, have this bullet point in our on-topic FAQ: We don't want the information on our site to become obsolete, and so we try not to ask ...
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Stack Exchange Moderator FAQ

As per the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, this FAQ will serve the following purposes: To be the canonical reference for moderators across the Stack Exchange sites for things that are beyond question (...
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Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such negatively received?

This question was originally from this Meta Stack Overflow question. While there are many posts related to this issue which get closed as duplicates of Encouraging people to explain downvotes, ...
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Why can I no longer ask questions when all I did was ask some simple questions? [duplicate]

I have asked the three questions below, one of which I deleted myself. How can Stack Overflow block me from asking further questions? It seems Stack Overflow is not for beginners, but just for people ...
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How much reputation do you need to edit the privileges wiki?

Related: Edit everything as a privilege? It looks as if you probably gain the ability to edit privilege wikis at the same level you gain "edit questions and answers" ability, however the privilege ...
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Can we be notified about official posts?

From time to time we see official posts from our community managers and other SE employees here on meta like Closing changes to on-hold Introducing a brand new help-center A new quick-start-guide ...
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Can we not hide the Help Center under the “help” option

This could be part of my related question but the request here is actually quite different. Instead of shouting to new users, "HERES THE HELP CENTER", how about we make it more accessible to any users....
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Clarify what the pin icons mean in the new help center

I was confused initially about what the pins mean next to a topic in the new help center. Apparently "those articles are "featured" articles; they are meant to draw attention to the most important ...
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What do they mean by feedback

The Privilege Page at Meta Stack Overflow says When should I visit meta ? to provide feedback to report a bug to suggest changes to the community to discuss how the site works I know what is a bug ...
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Custom sections in FAQ don't work right [closed]

Stack Exchange 2.0 sites can customize their FAQ pages to fit their needs, including adding new sections. For example, Unix and Linux has a cross-posting section. The title shows up correctly in the ...
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All references to the FAQ in close reasons should be changed to Help Center links

Close reasons still have links to the FAQ in them - these should be referred to as the Help Center, since that's what it is now. Not Constructive (emphasis obviously mine) We expect answers to be ...
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I lost my FAQ (link)

It seems the link to the FAQ is gone from the top menu bar on multiple sites, at least Stack Overflow, The Workplace. All of our users on The Workplace are now posting answers/questions which are low ...
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Small typo on common reasons for edits

On HelpCenter in section When should I edit posts? where the common reasons for edits are listed as bullet list the 3rd point should be To add additional information only found in comments, so all ...
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Incorrect link for FAQ on deleted answer

When an answer is deleted, it says "Why was your post deleted? See the faq." with a link https://stackoverflow.com/faq#deletion Which points to this FAQ page: https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Can we get a hotlink for the “On Topic” page in the Help Center?

I know there's another post saying the On Topic page is too hard to find in the new Help Center, but that's not what I'm asking. I want a hotlink for comments that goes directly to the On Topic page, ...
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Locked message should reference Help Center

I noticed that the locked message still references the FAQ. See example: locked by Bill the Lizard♦ yesterday This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not ...
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“contact us” in footer still leads to old help center

The Help Center went through a very major face lift recently and got a new URL. All sites are now linking to it by "help" link both on top and in the bottom of every page. However, the footer ...
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Why should the Help Page provide information on the website only?

The Help Center of Buddhism SE is very resourceful for including a list of resources, which in my experience the only site that make use of this section. Some arguments: Putting content about the ...
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Circular reference in Help --> Other (aka “contact us directly”)

This rough diagram should explain what I mean: (reference) The "If your issue was not covered above, please feel free to contact us directly" line should be removed from the page it's referring ...
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How can we edit the “Flag Posts” help page to indicate that users gain the ability to flag to close at 50 rep?

The Flag Posts help page says the privilege is awarded at 15 rep, which is true. However, there is no indication on that page that the ability to "flag to close" actually requires 50 rep. (See the ...
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When creating a chat room, the link to the FAQ redirects to the site tour

The page for creating a new chat room includes the following message. Rooms are each associated with a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network, and are expected to be on the same topic as ...
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Should we update the wording to reflect the new help center in closed banners? [duplicate]

Since the debut of the new help center links to the FAQ (domain/faq) now redirects to domain/help. The wording in the closed banners however, still mentions, and links to, the FAQ. To me, it looks ...
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Help Center: add links to FAQs in detailed topics

My initial search context: I looked at the SO Help Center to find information about inserting an image into a post. Not just doing it - get to know the mechanics/ errors/ whatever. As the main help ...