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Questions tagged [help-center]

For issues regarding the help center of Stack Exchange.

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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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Can we mark some more Help Center articles as moderator-editable?

The Help Center is lying about site's scopes. According to this answer, the /help/on-topic page is the only Help Center article that can be edited on a per-site basis without going through employees. ...
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Should the Help Center sidebar also match the theme color of the website? [duplicate]

While checking out the Help Center, I noticed something that I think in my opinion should be slightly changed. Should the sidebar of the Help Center (The box which holds all of the questions and ...
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Increase the font size in one of the help center page's bottom line

In the bottom of the "How do I report harassment?" help center page, the line's font size is very less and it is hard to read. Can be the font size is increased in that line?
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Can we fix the inaccuracy in the Help Center's article on duplicates?

The Help Center article on duplicates contains the following statement: The original question must have an answer; you cannot mark a question as a duplicate of an unanswered one. While this is ...
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Could you add “flags declined during the past 7 days” link in the help page?

As per the answer, we can use /current instead of <userid> in the flag summary URL. In the What are declined flags, and what should I do about them? help page, under the "What happens if too ...
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Can we flesh out /help/someone-answers a bit more?

I recently encountered a case where someone - a new user who didn't know any better - serially upvoted the answers of a user who'd answered their question. After they mentioned this in chat, they were ...
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Add guidance on Good Subjective answer citation to the help center

Good Subjective, Bad Subjective underpins the current network approach to subjective questions. It lays down the principles found at the bottom of What types of questions should I avoid asking? which ...
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Move the question/answer ban meta to per-site help

This relates to People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety and the issue it's dealing with: people ask off-topic questions on here all the time. I think it's ...
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Some links from the new help page refer to the SO instead of the current site

I noticed that some links from the new page in the help center refer to the SO instead of the current site. In particular: Yet another new page contains an SO link too:
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Improve description of tag wikis in Help Center

The Help Center articles on the "approve tag wiki edits" privilege and "trusted user" privilege state: What are tag wikis? Tag wikis are a general introduction to a topic defined by that tag. ...
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Linking to subheaders of a help center page

Could we add the ability to link to subheaders in a site's help center? Sometimes it would be nice to be able to reference a specific part of a page so one's audience doesn't have to search around. ...
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Wrong cursor in editing help page on Bare URLs section

On the editing help page if a section is expandable mouse cursor displayed as a hand in collapsed state so clicking on the section body expand the section: Non-expandable section has normal ...
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Suggestion for the help center/tour

I'm a fairly new user, and as such I made sure to read the help center and take the tour. Since doing that and spending more time on the exchanges I've found more features that actually aren't ...
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Help page for watching tags is out of date [duplicate]

The help center has a page on managing favorite and ignored tags: https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/interesting-topics However the interface and some of the terminology around this feature changed ...
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Auto-comment on new users first(?) post to recommend tour, help, and on-topic pages

So I've found that among the many stack exchanges I frequent, there are many new users (yay!). When I was first on the Stack Exchange site, I was greatly helped by a user (@ColleenV, if memory serves ...
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On privileges vote up page, badges should link to the badge page

Near the end of the privileges, vote up page, there is a mention of five voting-related badges. On the page, the badges are not clickable. It would be nice if they were clickable and link to the ...
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Is there a way to be notified of new or edited help articles in order to help to translate them?

Yesterday gbianchi posted on Meta Stack Overflow en Español a post about how could we help translating a help article that looks to be new. The related help article was announced on an answer posted ...
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The TOS and footer refer to different CC BY-SA license versions [duplicate]

As previously reported, the TOS links to version 4, but the footer and Help Centre to version 3. The TOS should I think say the version number in the text as well, rather than only in the link. In ...
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Can the “attribution required” link please be removed from the footer and help page?

The footer of all SE sites links to a blog post called Attribution Required. It is also linked to in the Help Centre. As has been covered previously, this so-called requirement to give attribution in ...
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Please update “theory of moderation” links in light of the new blog post

The user page listing moderators (example) links to the blog post "A Theory of Moderation" from 2009. This post has now been augmented with Our Theory of Moderation, Re-visited. In the interests of ...
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Help center still has the guidance about old Favorite tags

It has been a while Favorite tags were added Big Brother eye changed to Watched tags and some user interface improvements were added. ('Favorite Tags' is now 'Tag Watching') Our faq ...
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Editing help sometimes mysteriously lacks LaTeX information

On some sites, e.g. https://meta.stackexchange.com/editing-help, there is help for LaTeX, and on some sites LaTeX information is mysteriously absent with no explanation. Why? This can lead a user (...
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Implications of the Help Center: “Plagiarism doesn't matter unless it's an answer”

When you actually read what's written in the Help Center, it strongly implies that only answers need to give attribution (see added emphasis): Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no ...
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Misleading texts on Help Center page about Close Votes

The Help Center page Cast Close And Reopen Votes contains some texts which are (probably because of changes in the flagging system) a little bit misleading: Note that once you gain the reputation ...
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Wrong icon for image upload button on some sites

On some sites, e.g. on SO "How to formatting" help section contains wrong icon for upload an image tool button: Here is on MSE image contains actual version:
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Create a page for useful links? [duplicate]

A lot of the time, it's handy to use outside resources to post information relevant to a question or answer, like SQL Fiddle or Pastebin. On the one hand, link rot is a consideration, but would it ...
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Add to help/privileges/comment link explaining why comments need higher reputation than answers

The question “Why do I need 50 reputation to comment?”  was raised many times (see duplicates of Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead? ). It will be useful on Comment ...
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Making /help/on-topic easier to find

Stack Exchange has many sites with similar themes, such as Math Stack Exchange vs MathOverflow or Super User vs Ask Ubuntu. I find it fairly difficult to find what is relevant on a particular Stack ...
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List of canonical answers for site/exchange-wide concerns?

There are multiple answers on Meta that I believe should either be folded into a FAQ, or are of general-enough usefulness that they should show up for new users (askers or answerers). Little things ...
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Make magic links to help sections consistent

As per Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments, currently, some help link require the help/ prefix while some don't: [ask], [answer], [mcve], [tour] don't require it. [help/on-topic], [...
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Missing pins for some help pages on localized sites

On enSO there are pinned links at help center (just showing part of them to demonstrate what I'm talking about). But on esSO there are none of them. On ruSO only one is present (near Code of Conduct)...
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Do not use `code formatting` for the number of days on the Roomba help center page

On the Help Center page about Roomba (the script that automatically deletes 'abandoned' bad questions), code formatting is used a couple of times. While it's OK (at least in my book) to use this for ...
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The illustration for the code of conduct is broken

In the illustration accompanying the code of conduct, the part with the lady in the wheelchair is broken: The fill of her top is not aligned with the outline. Also it breaks the style of the image, ...
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Help specific to child meta sites should be more easily discovered

I recently spent about half an hour trying to determine why I wasn't getting reputation for an upvoted question I asked on a child meta site. Let me give a bit of background. I posted a question to ...
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Private Beta link on the help > asking page [duplicate]

I was perusing the help pages of GIS to make sure that my next question is on-topic for their site and I noticed something that was rather odd for a graduated site, a link that says How to Ask ...
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Help page for automatic deletion doesn't explain the rationale for deleting those questions, neither does it explain how to get them undeleted

When users come across their own question that was automatically deleted, they are given a link to the help page on what criteria cause a question to be deleted by the Community user. However, that ...
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The contact form directs answer-banned users to an article on question bans

If an answer-banned user tries to use the contact form, they are supposed to select "My question or answer was denied". Doing so brings up text that speaks exclusively of question bans: Users who ...
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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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Can we address the pile on of comments in our help section?

We've come under public scrutiny for not being welcoming at times and actually being hostile on Stack Overflow. This screenshot is one post of many. While these points pertain mostly to Stack ...
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Reference to the search bar position needs to be updated [duplicate]

Every site's help center says the following in How do I search?: Enter search terms in the search box that appears in the upper right corner of every page, and press Enter. The search box is no ...
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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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Documentation inconsistency with new top bar and search box [duplicate]

According to /help/searching, the way to search is Enter search terms in the search box that appears in the upper right corner of every page However, the search box in the new top bar is in the ...
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Update help center article on search to reflect the new position of the search box

The page /help/searching says: Enter search terms in the search box that appears in the upper right corner of every page But the box is not there.
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Reduce ads privilege is not shown on some sites

On some sites of network page "Reduce Ads" is not shown on the list (~/help/privileges) page. Also page with privilege (~/help/privileges/reduced-ads) is absent and redirects me to privilege list (~/...
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Your answer is in another castle Part 2: can we stop the confusion about NAA flags and posts that tackle a different question from the one posted?

DISCLAIMER: This is not yet another post trying to discuss what NAA posts are and / or answers to different questions are NAA. What this post is trying to do is to find a way to stop people for having ...
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Inconsistency between help/editing and help/privileges/edit

help/privileges/edit discourages trivial edits: Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged - try to make the post significantly better when you edit, correcting all problems that you observe. help/...
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Can we clarify the 'Delete an answer' criteria?

https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/trusted-user When should I vote to delete an answer? You may vote to delete answers in the following cases: The answer is extremely low ...
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Do we need two help links in the top bar?

Last year the help button was removed from the top bar for users with review priviledge and appears in the current community menu: According to this post entire help section is returned to top ...
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What's the difference between the help-center and help-center-proposed tags?

I found out in this question, that edits to the Help Center shall be posted in a meta. It also says "Make sure it's tagged help-center". While posting such a suggestion, I could see there are both a ...