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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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Who controls the site-specific Help pages for site-specific Meta sites? [duplicate]

Site-specific questions have their own help sites. WHO CAN EDIT THEM? I've recently learned that every site has a "help" site for its own meta site. Here are some examples: https://meta....
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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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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 ...