Questions tagged [help]

THIS IS NOT A GENERAL TAG FOR ASKING FOR HELP! Use this tag for questions about how help and information is provided to users.

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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 ...
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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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Why is my name different on data.stackexchange.com? [duplicate]

I joined data.stackexchange.com associating with my existing credentials. It is showing a different name for me, like jon.doe11943 What is happening? Why is my name something different?
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What is meta site actually used for? [duplicate]

This might seem stupid, but what actually the meta site does? The chat site is for general discussions that might be off-topic. But what is meta site used for? So that next time when I ask a ...
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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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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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Need a help regarding my issue [duplicate]

Some one has carelessly down voted all my questions. It is too bad to do some one at least without a comment. is there any way to know who did this or what should do not happen this again?
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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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What is the recommended reading list for new SO users? [closed]

I didn't really see much using that search term. In making a number of posts related new user issues I received some good suggestions. Of course what is relevant are the items that go beyond the ...
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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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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 was ...
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Reasons to not answer follow-up questions asked in comments [duplicate]

I'm often helping new users with problems they have while getting started with a particular software. After having solved one problem, it is not unlikely that they run into another problem. The follow-...
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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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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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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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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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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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Old question or answer is out of date and or wrong. New user without edit rights [duplicate]

Following on from the now 2 year old question here: What to do if an out of date question+answers already exists? As a new SO/SE user, frequently Googling & searching on SE sites for answers, ...
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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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Edit post not working [duplicate]

When I am going to any questions on Stack Overflow, that time edit button is appearing as disable. I can't click on it because there is no link of editing. Can you please help me what is the problem?
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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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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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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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Since I have access to chat, why bother to ask questions?

When, why or what are the reasons that motivate you to use the chat instead of the questions? I clearly see the difference between them, but I am sure that different people have different reasons. (...
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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 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 ...
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Why Isn't Editing Help on the FAQ's Section? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add link to /editing-help in FAQ I've seen a couple of requests regarding Add link to /editing-help in FAQ but it apparently only picked up four votes. Is there a good ...
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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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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 ...
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Not to get extra advice in some specific cases

I'm learning PHP. From an old book at my university I first learned procedural PHP and MySQL, and then found out that both were not the "best" way of doing things. So, to keep learning, I start to ...
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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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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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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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Is it appropriate to solicit professional consultation AFTER THE FACT?

I have had one of my questions answered on SE and would like to contact the person who answered to see if they are interested in professional consultation for a related project. In my case, this is ...
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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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tag-wiki editing confusion

It's a bit misleading to see the [tag name] tag has no wiki summary, can you help us create it? from where you are greeted with the tag info, however from here you are stuck and there is no way to ...
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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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Different Usernames on stackexchange.com and data.stackexchange.com.. Is it a Bug? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why am I jon.doe when logging into Data Explorer? Okay, The problem is when I log into stackexcange network and its network websites, My username is Alphamale. Which is ...
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help section about inline code [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Improve backticks help text Could the Help be better? (code section) I don't like reading walls of text when I'm looking for something that should not be difficult to ...
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How I missed seeing the help link for Markdown formatting when asking a question

*Note: I edited the title to more accurately match the final disposition of this question. Still leaving it around for any others who might be as clueless as I was. It's a big world. There is a non-...
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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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Flag Posts help section is out of date [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: "Flag posts" privilege page out of sync with recent updates The information on https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/flag-posts is out of date and does not contain ...
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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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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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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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I want to know all SO's vote types, Who can provide it for me?

I feel the design of SO's vote types is very clever and smart, in How do I audit my reputation?, Jeff showed us some vote types, but only part of them. I want to know all vote types, May be it will ...
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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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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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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 minutes; try again ...
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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 (...