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Pre-2017 meta links remain broken in 2020

Back in 2017, SE changed their meta URL hierarchy, so their URLs are no longer meta.site.stackexchange.com, but rather site.meta.stackexchange.com. While the Community user did a good job fixing all ...
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“Reputation is entirely optional” is not true for editing

On the /help/whats-reputation page (e.g.) it says this: The three most important activities on Meta Stack Exchange are Asking, Answering and Editing - none of which require any reputation at all! ...
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Shorten the FAQ on being downvoted to make it more friendly to new users

Suggestion I suggest shortening this particular FAQ Answer significantly: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/121351/718637 and also to shorten the FAQ itself. Reasons I feel that particular answer ...
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Links under “Help” are broken for guest users

Almost all links in the Help Center (network-wide) are broken when one's not logged in. Some examples to try: (use Incognito, or the like) https://stackoverflow.com/help/how-to-ask https://...
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Say in the Help Center that casting the first “close as duplicate” vote triggers an automatic comment with the close-voter's name

When a user casts the first "close as duplicate" vote on a question, an automatic comment saying "Does this answer your question? [duplicate-link]" is posted with the name of the close-voting user ...
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Why is the Association Bonus not showing up as privilege in the Help Center?

Why is qualifying for the association bonus (at 200 reputation) not mentioned in the privileges list in the Help Center?
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Why is it not easy to find the help center on the mobile versions?

I found other posts that suggest making the help center easier to find but they're quite different. For example, this one and this one are discussing the full version. This one is quite old and was ...
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Fix misuse of code formatting in “Comment everywhere” privilege documentation

The "comment everywhere" privilege documentation refers to the "add a comment" link using code formatting. This may mislead people into thinking that code formatting should be used for English quotes,...
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Consider generalizing the “what browsers do we support?” page

A new page was recently added to the help center. From my testing on a few sites in the network, all of them state: Stack Overflow supports the last two stable versions of major browsers (emphasis ...
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When was “What browsers do we support” added in help center?

This is just out of curiousity and can be considered trivial. I visit help center regularly to link some articles to new users. This is the first time I saw What browsers do we support under our model....
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Update help for “finding interesting topics”

The help page on finding interesting topics is hopelessly outdated. Please update it (and potentially others) to not mention the now removed subscription feature, explain custom filters, explain how ...
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Improve description of “comment everywhere” privilege

The Comment everywhere privilege description in many (all?) of the sites currently says (boldface added): Please note that you can always comment on your own posts, and any part of your questions. ...
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Issue with “Advanced search options” help page link in the “What is a locked post?” help page

In the end of the What is a locked post? help page of every Stack Exchange site, there is a link Advanced search options, which is redirecting to the "How do I search?" help page. The "Advanced ...
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Flair section link can be updated in the flair help page

In the end of the current What is Flair? help page, there is a link to the profile settings page as https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/edit/current. Which is pointing to edit profile page then we ...
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What to do about getting downvotes on one site for meta posts on another?

Recently I had a query regarding the validity of the functioning of the Academia Stack Exchange site. Since then, I have had three questions downvoted on Stack Overflow. This seems to be a rather ...
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Help center pages for bounties still refer to “Featured” tab

The "Featured" tab on the homepage recently had its name changed to "Bountied". However, the help center page for bounties still refers to it as the "Featured" tab: The bountied question will ...
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Is the Help Center content identical on all sites in the Stack Exchange network?

Excluding the Stack Overflow Jobs section on the Stack Overflow website, the main page of the Help Center appears to be identical on all of the non-meta sites I frequent on the Stack Exchange network. ...
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“Edit your question to provide status and progress updates” means what?

In the Help Center on the What should I do if no one answers my question? page there is some advice which I think appears in the Help Center of every site: To get better answers, you may need to ...
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Inconsistency with the Images section in formatting help page

There is some inconsistency with Images section in the formatting help page over Stack Exchange sites. In Stack Overflow help page, there is an old image icon is displaying in the Images section. ...
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Improve site name in “What is meta?” Help Center article

Today, I posted a comment linking to the Help Center article What is "meta"? How does it work? on Ask Different. I noticed that the Meta site was called 'Meta Ask Different', which is wrong; it's 'Ask ...
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Update Help Center page about spam/abusive flags

The Help Center page about the Flag Posts privilege currently states: What happens when I flag something as spam or abusive? The spam and abusive flags are designed to automatically eliminate ...
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Are there any statistics on how often a search in the Help Center ends in “0 Results”

I saw an MSO post (10k only) where the user tried to search for their issue in the Help center. Their search term didn't return any results which shows them this page: Before I'm proposing a ...
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Move Lifejacket and Lifeboat to Answer Badges section in Help Center

The new blog post Adios to Unfriendly Badges: Ahoy, Lifejacket and Lifeboat mentions the new badges Lifejacket and Lifeboat are answer badges, but they are listed on the Help Center page under ...
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Add anchors to privilege pages

Now and then I want to support a Meta answer with a link to information about a certain privilege from the Help Center. However, some detail pages are actually about a group of related privileges and ...
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Please update the text in help for “User was Removed” reputation changes

Before May 25, 2019 - The help on all sites doesn't cover three things well enough IMO. https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/user-was-removed It doesn't acknowledge that in some cases - community ...
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Can someone please fix the link in the 'access to moderator tools' privilege page?

I was discussing deletion privileges with someone when I noticed that help/privileges/moderator-tools includes an unformatted link: Can the page be updated so the link reads as the actual title of ...
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How to merge two different Stack Exchange accounts?

I know that a similar question (How to merge two different Stack Overflow accounts?) was asked a lot of times, but the answer to all of them was the same: visit the help centre page on merging ...
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Add “Anonymous feedback stats” back to the description of the 10k privilege

I just saw this status-completed request which I think should be reverted. As you may be able to see here, those with 10k+ can access the "Post Feedback" tool. However, the privilege page doesn't ...
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Help has non-HTTPS links in it

Pages within the help center have many non-HTTPS links on them. Many of the ones to questions seem to have been updated, but there are non-HTTPS links to the Stack Overflow blog on Don't Ask, links ...
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foo.com is sketchy; “How to Format” and help should use HTTPS links in examples

In the “How to Format” bar that shows when editing the body of a question or editing an answer, there is this example for how to format: <http://foo.com> [foo](http://foo.com) <a href="http:/...
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Site analytics does not show Duck Duck Go as a referring site anymore, Help Center text should be changed

Got the site analytics privilege recently at SO, and the privilege page in the Help Center says: There are a few oddities in the data: • DuckDuckGo shows up as a referring site and not a ...
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Meta question that has an answer in help center

From time to time I see questions on ruSO meta (I think that any other metas have the same situation) when user asks something about site, and there is an answer in help center. What should we do in ...
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The help center and sidebar on Meta don't indicate that site-specific questions are off-topic

On this site, we routinely get questions that are about one specific site. Oftentimes, it happens that users search for things related to their meta question, and end up discovering our site. After ...
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Help center “contact” page refers to old top bar “help” link

On the /contact page of sites, the introduction still refers to the old top bar which had a "help" button: If you have a question about a Stack Exchange site, the best place to ask is on Meta ...
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My questions keep getting closed; how do I improve? [duplicate]

Often when I ask a question it gets closed, but I don't understand what makes it too broad or off-topic and people aren't explaining it in comments. I'm getting frustrated; I want to contribute ...
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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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