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I've been dragging my feet on this as much as the rest of us, but we really need to get around to writing our Help Center articles. I last asked about this over a year ago, and whilst there were some suggestions, I didn't follow through with them *ahem*.

Over the next few weeks, we're going to sort out what should be on each Help Center page. If it needs to be changed at a later date, a new question can be opened to discuss specific changes, but we need something there to guide new users that isn't buried in 200 pages of Meta.

To start us off, I've put together something using stuff from the following pages:

Some ideas for things to add:

  • A list of on-topic things and off-topic things (e.g. Colossus v.s. iPhone X)
  • Further reading links
  • A rule of thumb for guessing whether something's on-topic, and what to do if you're not sure (Hint: Meta)
  • I still have no idea how this process is supposed to work. Having said that, I'll get some sleep and try to do a writeup. – Raffzahn Sep 9 '18 at 3:19
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    @Raffzahn That makes two of us, then. – wizzwizz4 Sep 9 '18 at 12:10
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  • If you've updated this and I haven't noticed (I won't notice), please post a comment with @wizzwizz4 in it so I can copy the new version to the Help Center. – wizzwizz4 Sep 9 '18 at 12:11
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    There seem to be a lot of design and history (of such computer systems) questions here, as well. – JdeBP Oct 4 '18 at 11:11
  • @JdeBP Do you want to edit the answer to include those? Then let me know so I can copy it across to the actual /help/on-topic page. – wizzwizz4 Oct 4 '18 at 15:45

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