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Questions tagged [help]

For questions about how help and information is provided to users

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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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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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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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Correcting editing-help#code

Here, in the Preformatted Text section, the sentence : Indent four spaces to create an block of preformatted text Should be Indent four spaces to create a block of preformatted text
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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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When in a specific SE site, could there be an easy way to see that site's manifesto?

A significant part of traffic on any SE site consists of people (often newbies) asking questions which are outside the scope of the site, which are then closed for being "off-topic". Unfortunately, it ...
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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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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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Documenting the “search by asking”

In mSO it was recently pointed out that the suggested duplicates and related sometimes provide way better results than the normal search. It was previously discussed in meta, too, but there were no ...
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Top bar privileges link?

I think that a link for privileges should be put into the new top bar. It's really useful for new people. Maybe under 'help' would be a good place for it.
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Add a “ Provide context for links” section to the “How to ask” site

I think it would be a good idea to also have a "Provide context for links" section at How to ask, like the one on How to answer. Provide context for links A link to a potential solution is ...
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Syntax highlight for code - 4 clicks until I find the documentation

Very often, I mix Java/SQL/XML code and I'd like to help Code Prettify to assess what type of code I'm writing, as it's not good in guessing mixed code. I didn't even know until asking this question, ...
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Update the syntax highlighting help with current meta links

The syntax highlighting help links to Changes to syntax highlighting, a locked thread focused on presenting a new feature and not of general interest today. It also links “one of the supported ...
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Consistency in the help menu

In the main sites, the help menu looks like this: However, when we get to Meta, the menu turns into this: The "Back to (Main Site)" link is on the top, and we have four menu items now. My first ...
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Improve text on Closed Questions on /help

I learned today that /help just launched for Stack Overflow. I have a suggestion for an improvement to the copy on one of the subsections. There's a heading that says Question Closed and below it: ...
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What is “Total number of votes for 'N' answer” in “Deleted Recent Answers”?

What is "Total number of votes for 'N' answer" in "Deleted Recent Answers"? What I tried : Help 1 Help 2 I am able to view this page by below shown in image
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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 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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What can we do to increase awareness of Community Wiki mode?

I don't think I'm atypical of newer SE users in that, while I have seen incidental mention of "Community Wiki", I had to come here to find out what it actually meant (beyond the basic concept of wiki, ...
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Small discrepancy in Advanced Search help in Firefox

In Firefox (currently running 25.0.1), When you click on the Advanced Search Tips on the right-hand side of the display after you have searched for something, you get the following for the url search ...
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Please update/fix markdown help for comment-replies

Please update/fix the markdown help page for the usage of comment @username This markdown help page is the one linked to when you click on "advanced help" when entering a comment/question/answer. I ...
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Should some frozen questions link to other stack exchanges?

I'm looking in particular at this question: How can you program if you're blind?. I get the reason the question is frozen, but it seems like the note should link to a place people could ask ...
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Possible improvement for badges would like your thoughts

At the moment the badges page lists the names of the badges and a one sentence explanation of the badges. This is often ambiguous and I for one have been awarded badges when I did not expect it (just ...
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iOS app should direct users to helpful status when the site is totally down

There is already a request to have read-only mode shown to users of the iOS app when the site is read-only. I'd like to also request that the app actually direct users to the canonical / official ...
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Should the Help Center include a definition of a “question”

The Help Center includes definitions on what type of questions should be posted and what makes a good question. However, there is no definition on how a proper question is formulated. I'm referring ...