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The Help Center page titled "Our model" doesn't describe … our model

The Help page whose title is "Our Model" (but whose URL slug is /help/stackexchange) is currently a random grab bag of policies, formatting help, and random questions. I was hoping that a ...
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Generalize the DMCA Takedown Help Center page

All SE sites have a /help/dmca-takedown page. Right now, it's very specific in both the title and the content regarding DMCA takedown requests. However, it would be helpful if it was generalized to ...
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Update Help Center page about necessary spam flags to delete a post

The Help Center article about the privilege to flag posts still refers to the old situation where 6 flags were needed: What happens when I flag something as spam or rude/abusive? The spam and rude/...
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Explain reasons for accepting an answer in Help Center

A new user on an SE site indicated in the comments that one of the answers to their posted question was best. I left a comment encouraging them to accept that answer, and gave a link to this help ...
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Punctuation mark is missing in Digital Millennium Copyright Act help page

The first paragraph is missing a punctuation mark in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedowns help page. Could you please add the necessary punctuation? In plain text: The Digital ...
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What is the purpose of limiting access to edit help center pages?

As far as I know the number of help center pages available to edit by moderators is very limited: What parts of the help center can site moderators edit? Moreover, I (as a moderator of ruSO) can't ...
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Out-of-date screenshot on "Why is the system asking me to wait a day or more before asking another question?" Help Center page

The beginning of the Help Center page "Why is the system asking me to wait a day or more before asking another question?" currently looks like this: Could that screenshot be updated? It's......
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The established-user help page image should be updated

If you go to the /help/privileges/established-user help page on any SE website, you will see this screenshot: This is quite outdated. Now that the vote button is standard, this screenshot should be ...
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Per-site inauthentic usage policy links to MSE for referencing standards (as opposed to per-site pages)

I've picked two sites here - Magento and Aviation as examples. Each site, linked from the per-site CoC, has an inauthentic usage policy. At the end of the policy, it has a link to referencing ...
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Why are Stack Exchange sites too complicated to understand? [closed]

There isn't any way I can get around in any of the Stack Exchange site. Do sites demand technical background and more professionalism?
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Do we do more than "frown on" plagiarism?

I just realized that How to reference material written by others reads as follows: Plagiarism - posting the work of others with no indication that it is not your own - is frowned on by our community, ...
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Unable to translate buttons on attempt to edit help center root page

Moderators can edit some help pages. For instance root one. There're two buttons in edit mode (Save changes, Cancel) that don't have source strings in Traducir to translate:
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Please add the last update date to each page in the Help Center

Some help pages are site-specific. In particular, on non-English sites, the content of help pages is written (translated) obviously later than the original sources. To detect outdated pages (for ...
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On sites where the reduced ads privilege page is suppressed, the page still shows in help center search results

Since 2013 the Help Center search includes privilege pages. The search results seem to be network-wide, with site url placeholders. The shared search index is an issue for the reduced ads privilege, ...
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What does this mean? "If you attempt to circumvent these restrictions, you...put the use of the site by your co-workers in serious jeopardy. "

In the Help Center, under 'Why have I been limited to one question per week?', there's a section: 'Can I request that this block be lifted, or to allow more questions per week?'. The second half of it ...
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Missing full stop in help center for answer bans

I've seen a bug on the page Why are answers no longer being accepted from my account?. The one part of this page is: The only way to end a posting block is to positively contribute to the site; ...
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Empty help section Staging Ground except Stack Overflow

There's empty section Staging Ground on Help Center for any site exception Stack Overflow: Should this section be removed at all if not available for current site yet?
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Add a help-center link to "In need of moderator intervention" in the question flagging menu

In the flagging menu (see bottom for reference), almost every single category has a link to a clarifying help center entry. The only exceptions are: Duplicates (which has a comprehensive submenu ...
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Help center page on what questions are on-topic here still says to ask Teams questions on Meta Stack Overflow

In response to the 2022 dissociation of Teams from the main Stack Overflow site, in February 2023, the community there moved to change the scope of their meta to no longer allow Teams questions. All ...
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Is there a general recommendation regarding the extent of quoted text in an answer?

Is there a help article, FAQ or previous posts having a general recommendation regarding the proportional length of quoted content in an answer? This is not about tags wikis having copy/pasted content ...
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Which sites have customized their help center homepage?

I have some ideas for the homepage of the Web Applications SE Help Center; before I start writing the draft I would like to learn from the experiences of other sites. I remember have seeing posts here ...
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Please update /help/referencing on all sites to reflect the Stack Exchange policy that machine-generated text requires attribution

On December 12, 2022, animuson clarified that the rules surrounding plagarism on the Stack Exchange Network apply to all content not created by the poster, even if the work is otherwise not ...
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When should I add a tag onto a question? [duplicate]

I most likely will be downvoted for this question, but I am confused on this matter. If a question (for example, not in real life) about Harry Potter that mentions Ronald Weasley and has relations to ...
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Two menu items in the top bar redirect to the same page

The "About Us" and "Business" options in the "Help Center and other resources" menu from the top bar of all the sites are redirecting to the same page: https://...
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Add to the /help/searching pages that is:q and is:a exist as short forms of the is:question and is:answer operators [duplicate]

In the "Miscellaneous Operators" section of the /help/searching pages, it says: is:question narrows results down to just questions, and is:answer returns only answers But I don't see it ...
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Can I really discuss the validity of closure of my question here?

As per the official help center page on reopening questions, it states 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 the ...
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Can local Stack Exchange communities set policies that result in exceptions to SE rules in the Help Center pages? [duplicate]

Background For the last eight years users over at Worldbuilding, we have been debating about whether or not it's acceptable to ask questions that result in list answers. To be clear, these are ...
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Enhance help on uploading images

On sites where images are helpful to answer a question such as Gardening and Landscaping or Home Improvement new users regularly try and upload images that are greater than the 2 Mb image limit. They ...
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Licensing text at the bottom of the page links to Stack Overflow regardless on which site you are on

At the bottom of every page, on the right side of the footer there is the text that goes like this: Site design / logo © 2022 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under CC BY-SA. rev 2022....
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Change the help center privilege page text for "flag posts" to "flag posts and comments"

The help center page on privileges says "flag posts", but that privilege also includes the privilege to flag comments. I propose changing the text to say "flag posts and comments". ...
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Clarify what "standard flags" means on "What is Flagging?"

One of the canned responses for a declined flag is: Using standard flags helps us prioritize problems and resolve them faster. Please familiarize yourself with the list of standard flags: see What is ...
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Change screenshots in /help/privileges/reduced-ads [duplicate]

In /help/privileges/reduced-ads, the screenshots seemed to be old. Please update them such that they match with how they currently appear. Even the instructions need some improvement I suppose. Under ...
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Help Center page search results appear to be outdated by the tag email change

I see that email notifications for tag subscriptions was recently removed, but when I search the Help Center on various sites, the search results still indicate "email" as a possibility, ...
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Please make the revision history of help center articles public

Please make the revision history of help center articles public to all users. When a non-moderator tries to access the revision history of a help center article (example), this is shown: I really don'...
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The /help/staff page inconsistently uses "label", "marker", and "tag" to describe what denotes staff

In /help/staff, this is mentioned: How can I identify a staff member? Staff fall into one of two categories, with different indicators: General staff - these staff members represent the bulk of our ...
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Add link to Help Center article about moderators in the moderators tab on the /users page

The moderators tab on the /users page has some information and links about moderating/moderators on Stack Exchange. I think it would make sense to add a link to the main Help Center article about ...
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The Help Center is missing detail concerning Low Quality review queues not on per-site metas

Further to this question, this FAQ post states: Low Quality Posts does not exist on per-site metas However, this detail is absent from the Help Center section entitled What are review queues?: (...
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Let's improve the "How do I ask a good question?" page

I did find this question, but I have a bunch of suggestions. Also yes, some of this is from my post over on AU Meta I think the "How do I ask a good question?" Help Center page could use ...
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Tags not rendered in preview while editing Help Center pages

Moderators are able to edit the Help Center page What topics can I ask about here? on their site. This uses the standard post editor, but it does not render tag links (e.g. [tag:support]) in the ...
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History page for Help Center articles is titled "Revisions to unknown"

Similar to Election: Questionnaire history is titled "Revisions to unknown", the history page for the Help Center articles editable by moderators, for example What topics can I ask about ...
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What license do the help center articles that are editable by moderators fall under?

I was looking at the text of the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, which is the license used by posts on the SE network. Specifically, I noted the phrase that... You must give appropriate credit, provide a link ...
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Please can we document how tags and wild cards interact in the help center?

While writing this question I noticed we don't actually document how tags and wildcards interact. As per the help pages we document them separately: To search within specific tag(s), enter them in ...
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Can we preserve the right alignment of usercards in the recently awarded lists of badges [duplicate]

I was browsing the list of recently awarded Necromancer badges and noticed that some of the usercards where aligned to the left, instead of to the right. It is obvious that these usercards don't fit ...
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Help center page on closed questions still incorrectly indicates that feedback on closure is private, when as of recently, it's no longer so

The /help/closed-questions page on every site says: If your question is closed, you will receive private feedback on the reason why it was closed. However, following this change to the close notices,...
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Can we format "How do I search?" similar to the "Markdown Editing Help"?

There are a lot of excellent articles in the help center, albeit some being structured more convenient than others. Take for example the Markdown Editing Help. Each h2 level is a hyperlink to its own ...
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Privilege page, tracker, and notifications still indicate that 1,000 reputation is required to see vote counts here, even though it was lowered to 100

Just today, the system was changed so that only 100 reputation is required to view vote counts here on Meta Stack Exchange. However, the privilege pages here and here still continue to indicate that 1,...
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Ambiguous word use in the "create posts" privilege help center page

In the help center page for question bans, the first thing said is a quote from the blog (emphasis mine): Asking questions is a privilege, not a right. However, in the help center page for the "...
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"Create posts" privilege page lists incorrect minimum character length (in "About me" summary) required for expanded usercard to be shown

When the expanded user cards privilege was made universal, the minimum summary comment length was reduced from 28 characters down to 6 in 2020. However, the create posts page in the help center still ...
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Markdown formatting problems in the Help Center article "How do I search?"

In the Help Center article How do I search?, there seem to be a few Markdown formatting problems: In the section "Boolean Operators", the subheading "OR operator" is not rendered ...
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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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