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Documentation-related privileges are still searchable in the help center

Related: "Secret" Documentation Privileges on sites other than SO When searching something in the help center (e.g. "comment"), documentation-related privileges are still shown in the help ...
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“Secret” Documentation Privileges on sites other than SO [closed]

I was searching the Help Center and I found something strange: Privilege: documentation votes - Vote on documentation content This wouldn't be strange if I was on Stack Overflow, since they ...
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Where should I post the question related to reviewing a document that I prepared for security hardening of wordpress

I am preparing technical documents which contain steps that can be taken to harden the security aspects of websites built using Open Source PHP frameworks. Below are some of the documents or questions ...
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Inbox typo “exampe comment”

I just received an inbox notification for an "exampe comment" (sic): That should be "example comment".
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Format of `{ids}` missing in the api documentation

A problem I stumbled upon is that the format of {ids} in the API documentation is unknown. It took a while to figure out that the requested format was 2;3;5 (and I'm not sure this is the only accepted ...
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What SEDE examples would be most useful to new users?

This question asks about an SEDE tutorial, which doesn't really exist. The answer there suggests that you can look at existing queries, which I think is how most SEDE users have learned, but that has ...
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“the Stack Exchange”

The API docs on throttles has the following paragraph at the end of the page: While not strictly a throttle, the Stack Exchange employs heavy caching and as such no application should make ...
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Can we use straight XML/XSLT for the meat of the API documentation?

This would make it much easier to create the bulk of language-specific wrappers (using a different XSLT or your favourite XML parsing tool). As it stands now, the documentation contains little ...
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Wrong links in API Documentation

/docs/me-posts and /docs/me-network-activity are inaccessible from the main /docs/ page. Instead, their links point to what the domain interprets as a malformed request (i.e. /docs/me/posts) and it ...
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List off-topic sub-topics in flag posts documentation

Could you add an enumeration of the "off-topic" flag options to https://stackoverflow.com/help/privileges/flag-posts? I didn't realize that (unintuitively) buried at that third level was an option I ...
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Flag-Posts Privilege documentation needs updating

According to https://stackoverflow.com/help/privileges/flag-posts users should be able to flag a question for 6 different reasons as soon as they have 50 rep. However not all reasons appear on all ...
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'Remove New User Restrictions' privilege also allows uploading images?

An answer to the 'How to upload an image to a post?' thread says that in order to do this you'll need the 'Remove New User Restrictions' privilege to do so. The 'Remove New User Restrictions' page ...
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Documentation about anonymous users

Where can I find documentation on what anonymous users are? Expect stuff like 'users who did not register', 'users whose username is 'user34894'', 'users who can get reputation points', yadda yadda, ...
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Can we have documentation on copyright and fair-use with regards to improving link-only answers?

On our own Meta I've just highlighted something that happens with link-only answer on Ask Ubuntu: user posts link-only comment, reviewer uses an auto-comment to tell them off and the user copies the ...
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What is the purpose of the new Site Self-Evaluation Review category? [duplicate]

I spotted this Site Self-Evaluation category as a History Stack Exchange Review category today. However, it is not clear what content will appear here, or what tasks reviewers are meant to perform. ...
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“Access to moderator tools” page in Help Center still mentions close flags

According to this comment by Shog, flags to close a question are no longer shown in the 10K tools. However, according to the Moderator Tools Privilege description, they are. This is what it looks like:...
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Questions give way to documentation — evolution of Stack Overflow

I propose that Stack Exchange evolve to support more of a crowd sourced documentation model than just questions and answers. Please don't dismiss this as heresy. The great thing about Stack Exchange ...
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Instructions to comment on duplicate is out-of-date

The page Cast Close And Reopen Votes, has this section: Alternatives to closing If you don't have enough reputation to cast close votes, or have used up your close votes for the day, there ...
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Incomplete documentation on creating tags

The documentation (on Stack Overflow) on creating tags appears to be either wrong or incomplete. Specifically, it states: Simply enter a new tag with your question and it will be created. however ...
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FAQ is missing the meaning of “on hold”. Should that be added?

Under the topic: Working with posts In the list: What does it mean when a question is... closed? locked? deleted? protected? The status [on hold] is missing. Should this be added? There is a ...
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What is the recommended reading list for new SO users? [closed]

I didn't really see much using that search term. In making a number of posts related new user issues I received some good suggestions. Of course what is relevant are the items that go beyond the ...
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What is the ``` (3 x backquote) markdown used for?

I looked over https://meta.stackoverflow.com/editing-help#code but could not find what the Github-style code block markdown is used for on SE websites. I see that they generate a <code> element ...
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The 'Cast Close and Reopen Votes' privilege page needs to be updated

This page contains the following image: It should be updated to a new one since the closing reasons changed Update: The problem also exists in this page about flagging. Also in this page about ...
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Provide an unambiguous description of how election votes are counted using the OpenSTV software

A moderator election just finished up on math.SE. Eager to find out who won, right after the election closed I followed the given directions: I opened the OpenSTV program, loaded the election data ...
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Code formatting instructions are incomplete

The code block instructions say To create code blocks or other preformatted text, indent by four spaces: but it fails to mention that you also need to have a blank line before the code block as ...
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Requirements for the Research Assistant badge are misleading in the badge list

The badge page has this description for the Research Assistant badge: edited 50 tag wikis It does not mention that editing excerpts does not count. This is just unfair. Please update the ...
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Where can I find the official documentation on review? [duplicate]

On Stack Overflow you can make reviews, but there is a limit. This limit is not static. Since I began reviewing, rules governing the review limit has changed a lot! Where can I find the last updated ...
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How should I (not) ask requests for documentation?

I asked Where do I find conceptual documentation for Windows Runtime? which was fairly quickly closed a "not constructive". Despite my pleas in comments as soon as the first close votes appeared, ...
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A call for MATLAB link maintenance

I recently noticed that the documentation pages for MATLAB on the MathWorks site have been updated to a new format. Unfortunately, this also involves a new format for many of the page URLs, breaking a ...
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Should SO be a repository for documentation?

I often see questions that ask "X vs Y" with regard to methods or functions that are part of any specific language (trying to make this as broad as possible). In these cases the 'answer' will merely ...
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Why is the participate in meta privilege shown at rep 5 for MSO? [closed]

I was going through privileges given on MSO according to reputation. We all know MSO is not tied with reputation on main site i.e. SO. And for participating on MSO we require only 1 reputation. But ...
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Badges not represented as so in the privileges

In the "Set Bounties" help center page, the badges are not represented as actual "badges", but rather plain text. Since it's not the case on the other pages, I think it's a forgotten style so I ...
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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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Why is there no user guide to using the stackexchange engine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create a guided tour for new users Yes, I've read all the faqs here and on the stack exchange site I joined only yesterday, meta and otherwise. I know about the off-site ...
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Writing documentation about a topic in Stack Overflow [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Posting and answering questions you have already found the answer to Sometimes I find I know a good method to do something (for example writing a clean and efficient function ...
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Documentation links in Markdown

I'd like to propose a new feature for StackOverflow Markdown: documentation links. There are a couple problems with adding documentation links right now: Links can die, leaving them almost useless ...
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Further clarify the documentation for tag synonyms

The information on voting on tag synonyms previously stated: Users with a total answer score of 5 or more, can vote for tag synonyms. The previous question Clarify the documentation for tag ...
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Another election description discrepancy — how many nominees go to Primary?

I'm afraid there's another mismatch in the phase descriptions of the Armadillo Stack Overflow Moderator Election. The Nomination phase sidebar says only 30 candidates will advance to the primaries: ...
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Discrepancy in Primary/Election stage descriptions

The sidebar description for the "Primary" phase of The Stack Overflow Moderator Election, Armadillo Edition says that ten candidates will advance to the "Election" phase: Whereas the sidebar ...
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Documentation for frequented tags feature

Since there's so much confusion around this, I'll start off with a little background. Frequented tags are an alternative to favorite tags which are automatically inferred from browsing patterns. If ...
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Should links to version-specific documentation be updated (if applicable)?

I see quite a number of answers (specifically questions dealing with Qt), which link to a specific version of documentation, e.g. v4.5 of Qt. If this is appropriate, i.e. the answer refers to a ...
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Where are the link shortcuts documented?

I've been searching around for this for a while now. I know I read somewhere that you can use [cstheory.se] as a shortcut to insert the following link Theoretical Computer Science. and similar ...
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Duplicating manuals as answers?

Example: Read data from HTTP PUT How should I answer that further? I feel that the official PHP manual has an appropriate answer and even has comments that extend on that answer. But I don't want to ...
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mistake in view-vote-counts privilege's documentation

The page https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/view-vote-counts (and the corresponding page on the other SE sites) includes the following question and answer: When should I view vote counts? ...
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Trouble with new-user restrictions

I spent a long time writing the answer I found to a question that I asked and only after I hit submit, I got this: Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because: New users can't answer their ...
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A better formatting help

Some people is not able to understand the key concepts of formatting in SO (and all other sites). I would suggest to improve the default formatting help with some features, like: Explain the basic ...
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Clarify the documentation for tag synonyms

Cannot vote on synonyms has someone confused because "Users with a total answer score of 5 or more, can vote for tag synonyms." Please expand (or hyperlink) what's meant by "answer score" in the tag ...
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Where is the documentation for the correct format of the user profile's location field?

According to When did I move to Andøy, Norway? and Why does my location in stackoverflow profile change?, there is now an effort to standardize on a canonical format for the location field in a user's ...
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Why are some profile fields (contents) grey, and others black?

This started as a comment on this meta question, but I don't understand what Jeff told me, so I'm posting this as a question. Sorry if I'm just not seeing it :) The question asked why some profile ...
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Reputation in meta same as reputation in main site?

What does it mean here: https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/participate-in-meta when it says your reputation on meta is the same as your reputation on the main site because in my experience this is ...