Now that we're in public beta, it might be a good time to think about expanding parts of the help center. For example the what's on topic page isn't as helpful to new users as it can be.

Additionally, the text here:

(The above section was adapted from MetaFilter’s FAQ.)

that suggests that at some point, it should be edited.

So my question is how are pages in the help center made\edited?


Well, we now have mods. And also building a faq. The faq can theoretically point to the help center, but then the help center should be updated.

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    $\begingroup$ @TuringTux Agreed. As Aurora said in his answer, moderators can edit certain things in the tour. All these things would wait, I presume, until we have [Moderators Pro Tempore].(cseducators.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/75/…). $\endgroup$
    – ItamarG3
    Jun 16, 2017 at 8:45
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    $\begingroup$ @TuringTux I don't think it matters that much. But it might be useful for removing noise $\endgroup$
    – ItamarG3
    Jun 16, 2017 at 11:40

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So my question is how are pages in the help center made/edited?

Moderators can edit:

The rest of the help center, including What types of questions should I avoid asking?, are not editable by moderators. It may be possible to ask the Community Managers to change this if there is a very compelling reason, but I've other pages in the help center changed per-site.

On a slight tangential note, moderators can also add up to three custom 'off-topic' closure reasons. They're often used for particularly common questions that aren't on-topic for a site, such as Stack Overflow's:

This question was caused by a problem that can no longer be reproduced or a simple typographical error. While similar questions may be on-topic here, this one was resolved in a manner unlikely to help future readers. This can often be avoided by identifying and closely inspecting the shortest program necessary to reproduce the problem before posting.

On to how the pages can be changed on this site:

  1. Once the Moderators Pro Tempore are selected, a discussion can be started on what to add to the help center. Typically, it helps to have some sort of draft/proposal to work from, rather than just a big thread asking for everything that could possibly be listed.

  2. Once a consensus is reached, the pages can be edited as necessary. If it's not working out, the pages can always be revised by moderators—it's not a final document, set in stone forever!

  • $\begingroup$ Ok. Then we'll just have to wait until mods pro tempore are selected :) $\endgroup$
    – ItamarG3
    Jun 14, 2017 at 14:12

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