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Questions tagged [help-center]

For issues regarding the help center of Stack Exchange.

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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?

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 ...
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Update page about “Talk In Chat” privilege in Help Centers

This question says edits to the Help Center shall be posted in a meta, so here you go. On the Talk In Chat page, under Where is chat?, it says a link can be found in the "top left corner of the page"....
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Privilege icons are missing from the help center

Privilege icons are not shown on the help/privilege and help/privilege/{privilegeName} pages. There should be icons like this moderation privilege icon: When inspecting the code on the privilege ...
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The /help/how-to-answer on all sites should include information about reading existing answers and suggesting that new answers add information

I'm not aware of any site that would permit many people to post the same or very similar answers to a question. I thought that this was rather obvious, but there's no place in the Help Center to point ...
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Update the help page for editing your account credentials

The screenshots and explanation on the "Edit Credentials" have not been updated to match the new user pages. This seems to be the case network-wide. Could these images be updated to reflect the ...
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“How to not be a spammer” help page contains badly-rendered HTTP link on all sites

See the image below. The link to the Meta post is not in HTTPS on all sites (including SO, SU, SF, AU), at this page: https://*.stackexchange.com/help/promotion As I tweaked in the F12 Developer ...
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FAQ about links in the profile [duplicate]

Related, but no longer reproducible: Link not working in profile description Background I created a new account for my bot on Stack Overflow, when I noticed that none of the links in the "about me" ...
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Choosing option to close own answered question? [duplicate]

I want to close my question, as it is answered, because I think my question is solved with given answer so which options must I choose from the below to close a question? Which option is suitable? ...
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Searching by value: A bit more documentation needed?

There are a lot of different search options when it comes to values like score, views and number of answers: Different options applied to the score operator. score:n to search for posts with a score ...
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Edit the MSE help page about automatic deletion to remove a criterion that is not enabled here

The help page here on MSE about the roomba says that abandoned questions older than 365 days are deleted in certain cases as RemoveAbandonedQuestions. While this is true on main Q&A sites, as per ...
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Could we make the Help Centers easier to find? [duplicate]

Every Stack Exchange site has the same six buttons along the top banner: Questions Tags Users Badges Unanswered Ask Question I've been a regular on SE some time now, and I've seen countless ...
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Make distinction between Meta Stack Exchange vs Meta Stack Overflow more prominent

Problem There are some questions about differences between MSO* and MSE**. However, this information is confusing and not instantly processable. Some of the questions/answers are pretty detailed, ...
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Who reads the help center?

Are there any statistics on how many people read the documentation in the help center? Are new community members reading the help center, or is it mostly members who already have Stack Exchange ...
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Weird wording in the help documentation for answering questions

I was reading the help documentation on how to write good answers and came across this (emphasis mine) Pay it forward Saying “thanks” is appreciated, but it doesn’t answer the question. ...
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Contents block overlaps document body in help page

Opening comment formatting help page from the comment section leads to a page body overlapped with the contents block. Steps to reproduce (if using direct link is not good enough): Click "Add a ...
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Add detailed help for Stack Snippets to the editor's “Code” section and the advanced help

Stack Snippets are markedly under-documented. Please update the "Code" section of the help you get when you click the (?) icon in the editor, as well as the advanced help, to provide detailed ...
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Is user's reputation one of criteria for keeping their votes after account deletion?

Under some conditions, a user's votes may be preserved after account deletion. These conditions are described in a meta post by Shog9 and in the Help Center. And they are described differently, so a ...
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Add info about time to acceptance into the /accepted-answer page in the help centre

If someone wants to know what the time limit is for acceptances, they need to come here and search in the faq. That's suboptimal - not everyone even knows about the existence of main meta, and this ...
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Navigation sidebar in helpcenter suddenly disappears

I noticed that the sidebar on the help center page about formatting suddenly disappears when scrolling down while a quote is displayed at the top. See for example on Stack Overflow, though the issue ...
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Update the privileges section in the Help Center

The privileges section in the help center should be updated with recent change in the privilege threshold. There was a change in privilege thresholds on 3 September 2017. The new change implemented ...
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Update the help center to indicate Stack Overflow Careers questions are off-topic

Currently the What topics can I ask about here? page on Meta Stack Exchange says: If your question is about: Stack Overflow Careers (Employers). Questions for Stack Overflow Jobs should go ...
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Evaluating the traits of an ideal moderator

The term "ideal moderator" is used in the help center of every site which says: The ideal moderator does as little as possible, but those little actions may be powerful, visible, and highly ...