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Should we amend the help text to expand on proof-reading?

I think the answer is Yes, we should expand the help text, and this is my proposal... The "on-topic" Help page currently has three principal parts: What topics can I ask about here? What ...
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How can the Tour screenshot be updated to reflect current standards for questions (and answers)?

The Tour page describes editing others' questions and answers, but it doesn't mention one of the most important editing functions: editing your own post, especially to incorporate suggestions in the ...
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Should we update our site's policy against helping programmers choose names to use in their software?

I wholeheartedly agree with the rule that excludes requests for 'naming, including naming programming variables/classes' from this site, and I do not think that it should be changed. However, I do ...
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Can I ask for help in lyrics for songs?

EL&U is not a transcription service, bluntly, but in the past we have entertained questions which ask about phonological phenomena and accents that can be demonstrated in a clip, e.g. Is D-...
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Should we update our site's policy against helping programmers choose names to use in their software?

I think the principle we should use is that an EL&U question must be about the English language and/or its usage. As a programmer myself, I understand that picking a name is sometimes a linguistic ...
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Where did the help pages go?

There's one link in the site switcher dropdown: And one under the ? menu (now shown to all users): And one in the footer: And here’s the link (since the app doesn’t have a direct way to get there): ...
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Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post

I've looked at your recently deleted posts and there's very few that were deleted as spam or abusive - in general, you average about 1-2 per day from what I can tell, which isn't a lot, and far fewer ...
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Should we update our site's policy against helping programmers choose names to use in their software?

Q: Should we update our site’s policy against helping programmers choose names to use in their software? (my) A: No, there’s too much resistance here; I imagine it wouldn’t be worth the trouble to ...
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Move "dont ask" list out of the "do ask" help page

There is a difference between "What topics shouldn't I ask about?" and "What types of question shouldn't I ask?" The first covers the subject matter; the second the actual questions which are asked. ...
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Should the split infinitive in "How to not be a spammer" be corrected or is it fine as is?

They would have different meanings How to not be a spammer On this page I would expect to see advice for how to avoid being a spammer. How not to be a spammer On this page I would expect to ...
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Should the split infinitive in "How to not be a spammer" be corrected or is it fine as is?

If it aint broke then don't (try to) fix it say the Americans and they are absolutely right. "How to not be a spammer" deals with how somebody should take care to not be a spammer. "How not to be" ...
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Should the split infinitive in "How to not be a spammer" be corrected or is it fine as is?

You have two questions here: Is “how to not be” grammatical?, and predicated on (1), how can that wording be changed in the help center? How to not be ungrammatical For a fuller analysis of the ...
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Writing a better help page on "How do I write a good answer" [updated]

How do I write a good answer? Thanks for taking the time to contribute an answer. It’s because of helpful peers like yourself that we’re able to learn together as a community. Here are a few tips on ...

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