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The help center is the special area of the site that contains the most basic information about the scope and mechanics of the site

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The "How To Ask" page is misleading

The "How To Ask" page linked from the Ask Question page appears to have been copied wholesale from SO. It is very Q&A centric: We’d love to help you. But not every question on Code Golf gets ...
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Can we get a custom Tour page?

This feature request is related to PPCG not being a Q&A site. The most important part of the onboarding experience for new users (especially those who don't arrive via other sites from the ...
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Clarifying "serious contender" in the help center

The help center says: All solutions to challenges should: Correctly implement the required specification. Be a serious contender for the winning criteria in use. For example, an entry to ...
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A Better Help Center

This question is somewhat in response to The one limiting stat for us still being in beta where the consensus seemed to be that question quality was the main issue. I definitely agree. I believe that ...
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Relax the requirements for "crazy formatting" on the /tour example question

On Programming Puzzles and Code Golf, the answers to most of our questions look like this: Some language, 1234 characters asdfunicorn+1(&&%^#$)/-9x9[{}] ...
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Can we revisit our policy on answers that are not serious contenders?

Currently we have a policy that all answers must be serious contenders, or they are subject to deletion. This can be found in help/on-topic: Be a serious contender for the winning criteria in use. ...
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Tour page summary - we're not a Q&A site

Here's what our Tour page says right now: Code Golf Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for programming puzzle enthusiasts and code golfers. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack ...
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Meta privileges help page inconsistency

There appears to be an inconsistency on our Meta privileges page in the Help Center! The unflappable dev Chris Jester-Young and our benevolent overlords in the SE Community Team have lowered PPCG's ...
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Lack of obviousness about how to use this site [duplicate]

The problem is hardly unique to this SE site, but for people new to the site there is fundamental knowledge that isn't obvious. For instance, the "tour" page doesn't mention that questions must be ...
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Inaccurate tour [duplicate]

The introductory tour to the site has a bunch of inaccurate description copied from the standard template. Among the oddities are Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. We're not ...
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Should we change the question on the Tour page?

The Tour is a page shown to new users, intended as a quick introduction to the site. As part of this, there's an example question shown to the user: The current question, Triangle Area Side Side Side,...
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Let's rewrite the help center's on-topic page

Related: A Better Help Center Our current help center is lacking in a number of ways (see the linked post for more details). Therefore, this is a Community Wiki post meant for collaboratively editing ...
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Make "About" page more site specific [duplicate]

https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/about doesn't describe what the site is about. It should have a link and a short quote  from https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/faq Code golf is a special type ...
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How can we improve our help center?

Improving our Tour page and our help center pages has been long in the works, in particular our Asking and Answering pages. Some already existing posts about this are: The "How To Ask" page ...
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Add to Sandbox or How to Ask

Users are constantly asking for clarification of programming puzzles. In an attempt to help new users create good challenges, I asked this question on Meta PPCG: Things to consider when creating a ...
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Help the Help Center [duplicate]

When I read through the help center recently, I was surprised how little some of the pages were related to this site, one example being How to not be a spammer, which looks like it comes from Stack ...
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