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The policy of editing out “noise” should be proactively explained and more easily referred to and justified

Across the network, but especially on Stack Overflow, it's considered important to edit questions and answers to remove noise. Of course I agree with this policy; it's part of what keeps the sites ...
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Featured questions in FAQ list [duplicate]

I just noticed on the sidebar of Meta that featured questions are displayed twice - once in the "Featured" block and again in the "Frequently Asked" block. The featured questions ...
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Guidance for "me too"ers (answerers / commenters and upvoters)

On Web Applications SE we have a lot of short questions that get lots of views and "a lot" of "me too" or alike answers, comments and upvotes. Regarding me too upvotes, from ...
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Add anchors to Winter Bash FAQ [closed]

It would be nice to be able to link to specific questions (with their answers) in the Winter Bash FAQ. Especially this year, as the banner image takes almost the entire screen (on my MacBook Pro 13&...
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We talk a lot about offensive usernames

Today we had the following question posted: What is SE policy regarding potentially offensive screen names? The specific user mentioned had already been taken care of, but the question is asking about ...
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Make the Featuredly Asked Questions into only Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at the sidebar right now on the main page, or look at my screenshot here: Do you notice anything weird? And how about now? As the space for FAQ posts in the sidebar is limited to only 10 ...
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Are 'featured' questions also 'FAQ's? [duplicate]

On the homepage of Meta Stack Exchange, some community faqs are shown on the right sidebar. However, apparently it also shows featured questions. Before deciding if this is a bug, should featured ...
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Make "The Comprehensive Formatting Test" into its own FAQ post

In the Formatting Sandbox there is one excellent answer, The Comprehensive Formatting Test. This answer gives examples of all known uses of markdown that are currently supported. Whilst the answer isn'...
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Improve accuracy in the reasons for suspension

From a FAQ answer here on Meta (emphasis mine): When an account is suspended [...] The user page will have a visual reminder that the account is in timed suspension. It will also include a brief ...
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Why does the `FAQ for Stack Exchange Sites` appear in the unanswered tab?

When I opened the 'Unanswered' tab on the side, as shown below, the first question that shows up is the FAQ. Why is it there? Why isn't it removed from the 'Unanswered' tab?
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Can we process the [faq-proposed] questions?

This Meta site has a tag called faq-proposed for people to propose questions being added to the FAQ. The tag currently has 130 questions, many of which are now years old. I believe that lots of these ...
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Why is it that the new pronouns FAQ was relatively well received with a positive score, but the post for clarifications about it has a negative score?

As of November 23, 2019, What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns? has a (217 − 132 =) +85 score and Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ has a (267 − 599 =) −332 score. I ...
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What exactly is the difference between the old and the new FAQ?

Since SE saw it fit to do what (for a regular user) would be considered "vandalizing" and deleted the original FAQ, I'm unable to ascertain the differences between the old and the new one. Can ...
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Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ

Over the past week we've been busy reviewing our previous FAQ to directly address concerns over pronoun usage. We tried to anticipate likely questions, but… missed the mark a bit. Inspired by the ...
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A Pronominal Proposal

The recent Code of Conduct change and, more specifically, the associated FAQ (now deleted; Wayback Machine copy here) have not gone down well. (For the avoidance of doubt, linking to those does not ...
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How should I deal with the new CoC as non-native English speaker?

I'm not a native English speaker. And I'm on the autistic spectrum. In the last few weeks, I did watch the events around the termination of Monica Cellio unfold. I said nothing. I did read about the ...
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Please post here your site's useful lists of canonical posts, potential duplicate targets, faq, etc [closed]

Please post here your site's master list of basics that are used to refer participants to. The name is not the most important thing! It might be called potential duplicate targets, reference list, ...
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What's the best way to compose very long answers?

In the process of writing very long answers, whether on meta sites or main sites, what is the best way to format content for future visitors? For the record, I am not talking about the validity of ...
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Questions with opinion-based answers put on hold [duplicate]

I have seen related questions been asked on this forum, but none of them actually reached the point I would like to be clarified. From my perspective, every single non-math/logic question is opinion-...
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Sandboxing the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites to make it international

The content was taken from the rev. 233 of FAQ for Stack Exchange sites to test an idea shared on a comment to my answer to Help develop the site and community knowledge base in your language. The ...
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What's the best way to propose edits to the banning FAQ here on MSE?

In general, faq posts here on MSE are community-curated, which means that as the system changes, posts can become outdated until members of the community bother to edit them. (This was something that ...
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Should we add Web Applications to "Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange sites do I post on?"?

Web Applications has an increasing number of questions about automating tasks in Google apps like Gmail, Docs, Slides but mostly in Sheets. This is done by using Google Apps Script which is a SaaS ...
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Ignore CW status of FAQ posts here on MSE when users edit the post

Questions tagged faq are semi-official and should contain reliable and high quality content. However, here on Meta Stack Exchange, as per policy, all of them are also marked as Community Wiki, which ...
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Add non-programming related examples to 'How to write a good title' FAQ on MSE

I recently came across the post How do I write a good title?. While it was a good post, I'm having a hard time understanding how the examples they gave are relevant (first five 'good questions'): ...
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Why does the meta post about recent changes have 9 answers instead of one?

I'm talking about this post. Because all users will still be able to edit that one answer, I don't see why introduce confusion (albeit momentary, but still avoidable) with sorting by votes, recent ...
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Are there best practices for individual sites to use their per-site-meta [faq] tag?

A question arose in Literature chat recently about the use of the meta FAQ tag, what goes in there, and how best to curate it. After looking into this, we realized that there doesn't really exist any ...
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What are the most common non-universal rules across all Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

I often find myself not using some of the trickier parts of Stack Exchange, like recommending edits to people's answers, because I participate in a lot of Stack Exchange sites, and they all have ...
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FAQ for specific Stack Exchange (meta) sites?

See FAQ for Stack Exchange sites That question and its answers are generic for all Stack Exchange sites and covers FAQ for all communities. Unlike that question, this question is asking about having ...
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Starting Out and FAQs

I use Stack Exchange for pretty much everything at this point. When I'm asked to learn a new technology or interested in a new skill, I'll often see if there's a Stack Exchange site for that and try ...
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Please add a link to the protected question faq post to the privilege page in help center

So we have this great faq post: What is a “protected” or "highly active" question? Here is the entirety of the help center page of the privilege for protected questions: ###Protect ...
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Is there a FAQ that can be accessed from the Android mobile app? [duplicate]

I was recently referred to What is the etiquette for modifying posts? where Jeff refers to creating an FAQ. Does it exist, and is it accessible from an Android smartphone's Stack Exchange app?
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Is the FAQ accessible by a link on the sites (besides MSE)?

Is there a direct link to the FAQ anywhere consistent on all of the sites? Either the main MSE FAQ or the individual site FAQs (which generally link back to MSE's). Places I have looked (using SO and ...
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Why does this question show up in the Frequently Asked Questions list if it isn't tagged [faq]? [duplicate]

Currently, the Frequently Asked Questions list on the Meta homepage looks like this: But the very first question on that list isn't tagged with faq at all! Is this a bug, or can questions ...
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When does a FAQ cease to be a FAQ?

When I was looking at the edits in the FAQ, I noticed a few questions were deleted. Why are questions removed from the FAQ list? How is that decision arrived at? Even if it is not as frequently viewed ...
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Issue with FAQs Do we need a new sandbox areas for novice use

If for instance you look at the help page To learn about formatting your post on Stack Exchange: Read our formatting help Read How do I format my code blocks? Experiment for yourself ...
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FAQ answer rankings need help

All too often, I read a faq question, only to find that the answers (and the comments) yield a babbling confusion of conflicting voices. As a question, it's great. As a source of the definitive answer ...
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FAQ sidebar for per site metas

Meta Stack Exchange has a nice side bar over when you are on the main page (the one you hit when you go to the 'meta' link, not the 'questions' tab). It's great. You can see there is a 'faq' ...
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Why are FAQ posts community wiki?

I've recently started up a community FAQ over at Code Golf, basically copy/pasting the SO one. It contained this excerpt: Flag for a moderator to mark community wiki. Any FAQ post not yet ...
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What is the process for reporting or assessing potentially dubious questions? [duplicate]

This is a meta question and personally, I think the answer should be on the footer of EVERY PAGE. What is the process I ought to follow if I feel a question is of a dubious or unethical nature? I ...
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Are the rules of SO tagging syntax written up somewhere?

Just wondering, and can't find it via a search: is there a thread or FAQ or such on the site explaining the (obviously, very few) rules to how tagging structure works? We want to implement a tagging ...
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why in the stackoverflow 2014 data dump, the files of meta.stackoverflow began on 2009-06

I checked the meta.stackoverflow, the earliest post should be on Aug-05 2008. However, in the stackoverflow 2014 data dump, the files of meta.stackoverflow began on 2009-06. So where is the data in ...
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Do you have to follow instructions on Meta but not the FAQ?

I asked this question, while it's not a great question, the FAQ didn't say anything about it. Then a user said that this topic is discussed on meta and topics like mine will be closed. I didn't read ...
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Add link to faq within error/warning message

I wanted to get the boater hat and I wished there was a link to the FAQ in the error messages warning me that I was approaching my limit of votes per day and therefore would not be able to wear that ...
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Preventing asking unusual questions on Meta?

I have seen three programming questions today so far. I am sure these will be deleted soon. I have sometimes commented on these with Wrong site man, please do read the FAQ. So, My first question: Why ...
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What is the proper procedure for cleaning up a community FAQ?

I've been in the process of going through some of our community FAQs and cleaning them up, as well as reorganizing the index to make it easier to find relevant topics. In an effort to get users the ...
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Should we kill off [*-faq] tags? [closed]

For earlier discussion on this sort of thing: sql-faq tag being propagated: this (June 2012) has led to sql-faq being removed. https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/68647/setting-up-a-faq-for-the-...
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FAQ link still visible under "Off Topic" close vote description [duplicate]

Under the "Close" dialog as well as the explanation below a closed question: Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to relate to programming or software development within the scope defined in ...
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Is there a MarkDown shortcut for the Help Center like there was [faq] for the FAQ?

In the limited markdown (for comments and chat, e.g.) we always had [faq] to link to the FAQ. Now that the FAQ has been changed to Help Center, do we have new syntax for this?
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What happened to the "Votes work differently on meta" part of the FAQ?

There used to be a part of the FAQ explaining how votes on meta were different. Often the first comment on a question from a new meta user that was getting downvotes would be a link to that part of ...
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Errors in Faq-Request info [closed]

This : It should be "Your question[s]" "from the functions" does this even make sense phrased like that in this enumeration? I know this is minor, but it's teasing my OCD. Also note that I'm ...
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