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Markdown rendering anomaly in the Help Center on SO

On Stack Overflow the privileges for a trusted user page in the Help Center currently shows the following minor rendering anomaly: ##Deleting answers ###When should I vote to delete an answer? As ...
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Is paraphrasing someone else's ideas and not crediting them considered plagiarism? [closed]

A certain SE site has a new policy to blindly delete all answers that cite scholars, papers and journals without looking at the merits of the arguments and if the citation addresses the question or ...
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Error when viewing revision history for Help Center article as a moderator

When I visit this revision list: https://meta.stackexchange.com/posts/66740/revisions, which for regular users looks like a history for the participate in Meta privilege, I get an error page: It ...
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How can I find the revisions history for the help center?

Some parts of the help center can be edited by the moderators and, of course, any part can be edited by a Stack Exchange employees. According to this post, the link to revisions is accessible to ...
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Update the help center page on site analytics to reflect that traffic sources are not tracked for users with performance cookies disabled

Effective May 13, 2022 (or earlier), the Google Analytics cookie will be recategorized as a performance cookie and will no longer be saved for users who opt out of performance cookies (or all cookies),...
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Outdated screenshot of set bounty dialogue in Help Center

The screenshot of the set bounty dialogue in the set bounties privilege page of the Help Center is outdated. The order of the buttons has been reversed: Now the Next button precedes the Cancel link ...
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Old capitalization shown in Help Center screenshot of 10k privileges

Currently the 10k privilege page in the Help Center has a screenshot of review queues dropdown of the top-bar that shows "All queues" and "Tools" written in lower case while it's ...
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Help center page on reduced ads contains old, outdated screenshot of UI for reenabling ads

The help center page on reduced advertising contains a screenshot of the UI for reenabling ads in case one wishes to see the full set of ads even after earning the rep to hide most of them. However, ...
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Allow moderators to edit sections of privilege help center pages

This question is inspired by the recent public reveal of the Stack Overflow Question Close Reasons - Definitions and Guidance. Briefly, the Q&A provides really useful community-specific guidance ...
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The help for chat on pingability is too vague

The chat help pages say To get another user's attention, mention them – type @ and then the first part of their name. Your mention will be highlighted on their screen – @someone. This will happen ...
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Help page for first question review is treating questions as answers

I took a look at the help page for the new first question review (Using Security.SE as an example) and it says: Share feedback if the post has the potential of being a good answer, but cannot be ...
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How to edit or comment on Editing help

What is the possible place to comment on or edit the page Markdown Editing Help? I understand from Editing comment help page that edits are not possible, but I find something missing from the editing ...
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"Magic Links" displayed text ambiguous in some cases

The help-center "magic links" for comments such as [help/on-topic], [help/dont-ask] and [help/behavior] currently have the ambiguous (and poorly capitalized) display text of "help ...
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Please add some basic guidance on voting to the tour

I just had to deal with an understandably irate user who had been participating on the site I moderate only in one specific tag, where only a very small group of people were active. It turned out that ...
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Informing new users that targeted voting is not allowed

The current help pages do not make it clear that targeted voting (either up or down) is not allowed. The only mention of this is in Why do I have a reputation change on my reputation page that says &...
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Privilege page 'Access review queues' still says that Triage is "Stack Overflow only"

Similar to Help Center still says that Triage is "Stack Overflow only"; however, it's enabled on Physics since September, there is another Help Center page that lists the review queues ...
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Remove/Re-think "How to Ask Questions in Private Beta" page on communities no longer in beta

Please review the help page at /help/how-to-ask-beta for all communities that are no longer in beta status. This will lead to reader confusion. I think the right panel link (which is available from /...
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What are the actual guidelines for deleting popular off-topic closed questions?

I recently noticed a relatively popular question (34 upvotes on the question, 42 on the top answer) get deleted on Stack Overflow (https://stackoverflow.com/q/29876518/1108305). This question was ...
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/help/privileges/vote-up pages contain incorrect information for sites with unpinned accepted answers

The following inaccurate/outdated text is still presented on the /help/privileges/vote-up pages (on the Stack Exchange sites that have unpinned accepted answers). 1Except for the accepted answer, ...
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Is it Help Center, Help center, or help center?

What is the correct casing for help center? If we look at the help center we find the heading in sentence casing with only the first word capitalized (Help center) but if we look further down we see ...
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Add link to help center in the canned First question comments

When reviewing a user's first question, we can opt to leave a comment, and there is the option of picking 2 canned comments: Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to ...
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Help center page on flairs links to a YouTube video that has since been made private

Article in question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/flair Flair is an image summarizing your accomplishments (your reputation, your badges, the top sites you've participated on), suitable for ...
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Some links in Help Center articles are not being formatted

There are a couple of Help Center articles with unformatted ('bare') links: The Community user deleted my question! What gives? contains a link to an answer by Shog9: https://meta.stackexchange.com/...
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Does the Help Center wording for Illuminator badge need adjusting?

From the FAQ here: Illuminator gold; awarded once Edit 500 questions each within 12 hours of answering it (score>0). But from the go-to help center: Edit and answer 500 questions (both actions ...
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Required rep values for privileges appears as '$Privilege-<PrivilegeName>' in help center search results

The parameter for reputation points values required for privileges is not resolved in the help center search results. Stack Overflow: Science Fiction & Fantasy: This should probably be resolved ...
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The "learn more" explanation for Voting Correction does not cover all scenarios

The wording of the learn more for Voting corrected refers specifically and exclusively to multiple votes: When a single user continually votes (up or down) on many of your posts within a short period ...
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Empty Help Center page "Collectives on Stack Overflow" on other network sites should be removed

I've just found that help center on any site contains a link to Collectives on Stack Overflow, e.g. here on MSE: But the page is empty. It seems that that page should only be visible for Stack ...
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Help Center still says that Triage is "Stack Overflow only"; however, it's enabled on Physics since September

Triage was previously announced to be open to any site which wanted it. Now it seems Physics has an active Triage queue. However, the Help Center article listing all the review queues still claims ...
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Getting information on why I was suspended after asking a question

I've been suspended on Super User after asking a question and also answering one. I'm wondering whether there is another way to find out why I was suspended and why my question and answers were ...
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The reopen process in the help center suggests steps that don't seem easy and/or possible. Documentation issue?

More than five years ago I asked a question about how to check the content of a non-optional value using guard. The first example of four, unfortunately, used an optional array as the input. The other ...
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Can the recommendation to ask a new question when it's closed be removed everywhere? It never works [duplicate]

Since my previous question was closed as a duplicate but the issue wasn't resolved, I'm asking a new one as the close reason recommends me to. It either demonstrates the issue or should stand based ...
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Adjust the Help Center text about flagging a question for moderator attention to have it reopened [duplicate]

Currently, the Help Center article about reopening closed questions says: If a moderator (user with a ♦ symbol after their name) closed the question, then you may flag it for moderator attention. ...
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On Markdown editing help page, example under Monospace Spans reads: "`https://`If your browser's location bar starts with ,"

I picked this up on Law SE but it seems to be SE-wide: There seems to be something missing between with and the comma in the address text written under the two entries for Monospace Spans: If your ...
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Make the "Help" icon link to the Help Center

This is just a tiny request to simply change the href attribute of the "Help" icon's link from "#" to "/help". All the other icons/menus have useful links except for ...
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The "How do I write a good answer?" help page needs a tidy-up

If you go to the page "How do I write a good answer?" in the Help Centre, the first two points are: Pay it forward Saying “thanks” is appreciated, but it doesn’t answer the question. ...
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reopen-questions help center article: "community's meta site"?

In https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/reopen-questions, it is mentioned: If you're simply unsure about the validity of the closure, the best place to ask is on the community's meta site. Asking in ...
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The Help Center implies that it's OK to answer duplicate questions if there aren't many duplicates; is this correct?

The Help Center article on how to write a good answer contains the following section: Not all questions can or should be answered here. Save yourself some frustration and avoid trying to answer ...
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Searching on Help Center doesn't return anything network-wide

Searching on Help Center doesn't return anything, even for keywords that I've been often using before: "promotion" (for questionable spam) "reference" (for referencing other) &...
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Why is information about triage and help and improvement review queues there in help centers of non-SO sites?

In the What are review queues? help center articles of non-Stack Overflow sites, there is some information about triage and help and improvement review queues. Triage – Stack Overflow only - 500 ...
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How Can One Report A Moderator? [duplicate]

About a year ago, in a distressed state, I posted a question on Interpersonal Stack Exchange which I would rather delete. (I know that was a while ago, but I want to remove all traces of the situation ...
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Change "reopen" to "leave open" in Close Votes queue [duplicate]

It seems that "reopen" should be changed to "leave open" in Close Votes queue tips box: since there's no option as "Reopen" but "Leave open" has.
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Clearly mention the 75 reputation requirement to start a bounty in the help center page on bounties

On all sites, including beta sites and Stack Overflow for Teams sites, all users need at least 75 reputation to gain the privilege to start bounties. However, this requirement is not clearly mentioned ...
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Add thanks as unnecessary chit chat to Expected Behavior page

I think a large part of each Stack Exchange site's community considers terms like "Thanks", "Thanks in advance", "Much appreciated", "Tks", "Thx", &...
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Help center page on reopening questions no longer correctly states the time frame in which edited questions are added to the reopen queue

In the help center entry for reopening a closed question, the article states: Closed questions that receive edits within the first 5 days of closure are automatically put into a review queue to be ...
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Mention comment voting limits in Help Center (on vote up privilege page)

Some day before I was searching for suggestions I have in mind here on Meta and voting on existing posts, mostly on comments. By the end of the day I've got a message: Daily vote limit reached; vote ...
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Can the community use a scope different from that mentioned in the help-center?

Without mentioning the Stack Exchange site, can a site's community allow questions that are off-topic according to the help-center of that site? Or is there anything that enforces what is on-topic ...
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Review queues can be accessed after reached 500 reputation, but the review queue page says differently

As per the Review Queues introduction page, "First Posts" and "Late Answers" can be earned at 2,000 reputation. But I can access those review queues, after reached 500 reputation ...
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Review help page contains "How do I use the First posts queue?" page, but Meta Stack Exchange doesn't have "First Posts" review queue [duplicate]

Meta Stack Exchange review help page contains "How do I use the First posts queue?" page, but Meta Stack Exchange doesn't have "First Posts" review queue itself. Also in other site'...
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Should we update/clarify our help center with respect to other sites and teams?

It has been brought to our attention that one of our community specific close reasons could use a little more backup from the help center. As avid meta denizens might be familiar - If an issue is ...
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Information about expanded usercards in the 'create posts' privilege page refers to a drop shadow which is no longer present

In the create posts privilege in the Help center it says (emphasis mine): Expanded usercards When anyone is viewing your usercard on a question, an answer, or on the users list, they may hover over ...
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