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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Please add LaTeX examples on the FAQ of sites that have it

This feature request is with respect to this question How do I write equations on Math.SE? To be truthful, I had no idea how those equations worked or what LaTeX is until I searched on SE sites and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Search is broken in the “How to Ask”

If you happen to get to the "How to Ask" page (not to be confused with help/how-to-ask), you'll notice a search box. If you try a search, nothing much happens: This happens even when you search for ...
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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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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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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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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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Can we have “new functionality” icons?

The meta site produces a bunch of great suggestions, many of which get implemented. Take the narcissism question, for example... Can "user profile views" NOT include narcissism please? My ...
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Hyperlink to not-so-relevant Microsoft KB article in SO How to Ask section needs to be removed [closed]

In the How to Ask section of SO, under the heading Related on the right sidebar, there is a link to a not-so-relevant Microsoft KB article. Link in question: How to ask a question This article does ...
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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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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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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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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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Getting a vote up by someone on the same network considered “a sock puppet”?

I am an intern at a company where a colleague knows my Stack Overflow account and he just upvoted a question of mine. I was wondering whether this is considered a "sock puppet". I told him not to ...
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Not allowed to ask a question even though I have not posted anything [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't Post Question - Status Incorrect Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: users with less than 125 reputation can only post questions every 20 ...
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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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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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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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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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stuckoverhelp/stuckoverflaw

I just ran into this site (http://stuck.include-once.org/) via comment on the main site via this question. I know its not a SE site, it just seems bad taste Are we now encouraging 3rd party sites to ...
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Include SSCCE.ORG contents in an instruction page somewhere [duplicate]

It's not a question, just a suggestion: moderators, can you put the contents of http://sscce.org/ into stackoverflow and introduce them as law such as how to ask questions?
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How can I start being a useful member of this community? [duplicate]

I understand that the rules are very strict, and should be as such, so how can I start off successfully and become a useful member of the community? The advice of experienced members would be welcome....
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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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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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Help center for closed questions is/will-be outdated

Since the "brand new, consolidated" help center has already been out on all sites in Stack Exchange network since June 5, 2013, and the new closing reasons are about to be launched this week, I'd like ...
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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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Portuguese Stack Overflow help page had mixed English and Portuguese

I went to the Portuguese Stack Overflow help page, and saw this: There are various pieces of English that should be translated into Portuguese. I don't speak Portuguese, so I don't know what it ...
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Should “Asking help” (in the guidance box on the question form page) be phrased better?

"Asking help" (the phrasing for the link at the bottom of the guidance box that comes up when one is typing a question title on any SE site) is poorly phrased. Better would be: help with asking I ...
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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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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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Add help link to site header

I think a link to help should be added to the site headers on all of the Stack Exchange sites. This would make it easier to find, and could prevent a lot of users from asking questions that are ...