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Introducing a brand new, consolidated, Help Center

UPDATE: This is now live on all Stack Exchange sites. You can access it at /help or by clicking the "help" link in the top nav or footer of any page. We can all agree that Stack Exchange is a ...
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A guide to moderating chat

Chat is an offshoot of the main site, and using it is a privilege users earn early on during their time here. Chat is our place for: Real-time collaboration Meeting fellow members of the ...
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Where's the summary of your own suggested edits?

Where can I find my pending/approved/rejected suggested edits? (a bit like the Flagging Summary page)
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Toward a philosophy of Chat

TL;DR: The Problem This keeps happening in chat: Surprise at flags on vulgar messages. Language that would invariably get your comments deleted on the main site occasionally gets flagged and deleted ...
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What advice would you give beginners joining a Stack Exchange site?

Here's my reason for this question: I'm fairly new to these sites and have had good and bad experiences. I've seen very useful answers to my questions and I think I have helped some people with my ...
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Can we have a markdown help button for comments?

I've been reading discussions about editing and previewing comments. Why do I want this? If I get wrong some of the syntax in a comment, it becomes infuriating to try to guess at it, when the only ...
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SEDE FAQ - small discrepancy - update day

According to this http://data.stackexchange.com/help, SEDE is updated every Monday morning around 3:00 UTC. However, it is showing that it was last updated around Sunday morning around 3:00 UTC. And I ...
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How does the system guide new users?

There are several questions here on meta about "How to guide new users" and in particular "How to educate new users about accepting answers" (see 1, 2, 3, 4). A common approach seems to be to comment ...
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Advanced search help should be available by the search box

At SO I'd like to use the advanced search but I can't find the proper advanced search page with help (seems to be hidden somewhere). I would be happy if you put a small icon (like question mark) to ...
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Add code search syntax to search tips

After Search just code we now have a way to search code, so something like code:"-->" searches for the infamous --> "operator". (Protip: it's not an operator, it's two) Could this be added to ...
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Give the “about” and “help” pages a more prominent location for anonymous users

It seems to me that two of the most helpful pages for introducing new visitors to the StackExchange network and methodology are the respective about and help pages of any StackExchange site. However, ...
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Addition to faq or /ask: Stick around

I think this should be added to the faq and/or on the /ask page: Advice to stick around for about 15 minutes after posting. Often this is the time when the fate of a question (or answer) is decided (...
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Help>Merge is asking for something impossible

From https://meta.stackoverflow.com/help/user-merge: If you have lost access to your duplicate account, please click here to fill out the form. If you click, you see this: If someone has lost ...
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Collapse/show more does not work in chat faq when linked to a specific section

If I go to this page: https://chat.stackexchange.com/faq I can see show more under each section. After expanding I can then also choose to collapse the section back. For example, if I look at "How do ...
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Add help link to FAQ

For some reason there is not a link to help in the FAQ. I think a link to it should be added to the What if I need more help? section of the FAQ on every Stack Exchange site. The said section ...
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Do we need the here's-how-it-works-banner on the help center for experienced users?

In the new Help Center, we have a banner which is the same as the banner we already had on the homepage for users that weren't logged in. This is the homepage: And this is the help center: I'm going ...
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Is there some way to better explain the operation of *overflow to new users?

I have noticed that as more new users are finding and using StackOverflow, there are more questions which do not get flagged as being answered, even though there are sometimes multiple working answers....
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Could the <kbd> tag be added to the editing help?

I happen to like the <kbd> tag for showing when keys should be pressed, but I can never remember it on the very few occasions that it would actually be useful. Having it in the help file would ...
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How should this 15 year old poster be helped? [duplicate]

I am concerned about how the poster of this question has been treated. The guy is 15, and has been treated appallingly. Is this how our SO community wants to be seen? His questions as stated don't ...
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How can I write better questions? / Get more answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to review? Can we agree on a review 'policy'? Agreed Duplicate Can we agree on a review 'policy'? This is a proposed reference question / help page / ...
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I'm having problems finding answers and my posts are getting marked duplicate, what do I do?

Question: What problems exist in the search engine user interface? Question: What procedure should I follow when using search to avoid problems in the search UI? NOT a feature / change request I ...
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Add “what's this?” links to “user was removed” and “serial upvoting” in reputation history

Another day, another user confused by one of these contextless messages. Losing rep is scary and without a good explanation these users end up both confused and asking yet another duplicate question ...
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Is there a way to prevent Stack Overflow from becoming a code generator?

Stack Overflow is actually a great source of sharing and helping each others. It's even a addiction in some way... but a good one as a developer. But I think there is maybe a dark side effect: the ...
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Can we auto-show commenting help for new users? [duplicate]

I'm seeing a lot of new users on StackOverflow who are replying to me in comments after a question, either without mentioning my @handle, or by using my handle without the at-symbol, or who put a ...
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MathJax website is Shutting Down? From where we now getting support? [duplicate]

SE network mandates a programing language called MathJax, to format chemistry or math equations. The left click on MathJax processed text shows the following icons: . Fig 1. MathJax processed text ...
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Why is SE so disingenuous about its purpose?

The comment to an ELU meta-question states the aim of StackExchange is not just to offer help to the person asking the immediate question, but to build a high quality repository of good questions ...
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Make “how to tag” actually helpful for new users

When you ask a new question (or edit one whithout having the edit privilege) and edit the tag field, a help box with the following appears on the right: How to Tag A tag is a keyword or label ...
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How to inform people to be considerate because OP has mental health disorders

I have been having a lot of trouble on SO lately because I suffer from an array of mental health conditions. I am open about my conditions and don't mind telling people. But I can imagine the backlash ...
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Note on “What should I do when someone answers my question?” page that upvoting requires 15 reputation

The help page What should I do when someone answers my question? says: The first thing you should do when someone answers your question is vote on it, like any other user does. However, new users (...
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Provide more in-line guidance to suggested edit reviewers

In relation with What guidance should be given when edits are rejected?, it occurs to me that we aren't providing much guidance to reviewers regarding when they should approve edits. “Approve edits ...
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What's the most useful thing to say/link to when a user doesn't escape inputs in their example? (or other common pitfalls)

It's not too uncommon to see poor code examples in questions where a user hasn't escaped their user inputs in one way or another. For Example: mysql_query("INSERT INTO foo VALUES ($_POST['bar'], $...
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Could an in page table of contents and/or anchors be added to the legal pages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please add deep-linking to stackexchange.com/legal sections I referred to the legal pages occasionally already, specifically the trademark guidance for Stack Apps to provide ...
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How do I “Show total up and down vote counts” since I'm at 1K rep? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Confused about the thing you get at 1000 rep. I'm supposed to be able to see the total up/down votes, but I'm way above 1K rep and I still don't see any of these. So how do I ...
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Add a “before you ask” section to tag wikis

Quite often, I'd like to comment on a question with some "before asking a question about tag you should..." direct link. For example, to point out that the OP should try to use a debugger first. ...
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Automatic bounty award rules - please fix the help to leave no open questions

I read the rules of implicit bounty award in the help: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with at ...
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What is the ``` (3 x backquote) markdown used for?

I looked over https://meta.stackoverflow.com/editing-help#code but could not find what the Github-style code block markdown is used for on SE websites. I see that they generate a <code> element ...
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Add tag referencing to Editing Help page

I've seen questions that have properly-styled links to tags on their respective SE site (see this question for an example), but I have no idea how to do this myself. Should these instructions be ...
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Rewarding a positive user experience

In my place of employment, if someone goes above and beyond to help you, you can nominate them for an award. That award comes with a plaque, as well as a bonus check. It really promotes a positive ...
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Add information about backticks to comment help

I suggest to add information about backticks to the comment help. They can be used to mark code in comments too (in case some one does not know ;o)). Update: Uh, I should go to bed.... it's already ...
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How to cancel a flagged post? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cancel misclicked flags While reading the question that was downvoted to -3 I decided to flag it. By that time the question got edited and answers got provided already. Can ...
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Should unearnable Badges been shown under unearned?

Should unearnable Badges been shown under unearned? [Beta] Actively participated in the private beta (if the site is not anymore beta) [Precognitive] Followed the Area 51 proposal for this site ...
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How can I re-ask a question from a different Stack Exchange site?

How can I ask a question on Super User if I have already asked it on Stack Overflow?
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How to go to question list from a question on unsaved StackExchange site? [duplicate]

I typically like to browse through various Stack Exhange sites in which I'm not registered yet. And at times I want to see list of questions after I read one question on that site. Tapping on the site ...
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How do I log in to my account?

I use stack overflow a lot and I used to have an account. I never really logged in or anything, I would just fill in the form at the bottom that asked for my name an email. I recently reset my ...
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Can't comment on account newly created [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do comments work? How do I add a comment to an answer? I cannot insert a comment on https://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/24690/30071 . I realise that this is probably due ...