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What about having a category in Meta for documentation about the platform?

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I keep learning about the hard work that has been done in Codidact over time. There are many little things that are known by the veterans, but may not be easy to understand for the newcomers like me.

For example, yesterday I learnt that the Table of contents below a question shows by default if there are at least 5 answers, but it can be configured by community.

These little pieces of information are worth writing down somewhere. For this, what about having a Documentation of the platform in a format of just a post (no need for a Q&A pair, like in the Resources category of Languages & Linguistics) for example with a Category here in Meta?

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It sounds like you want indexed documentation, not a FAQ. Olin Lathrop‭ 5 months ago

@Olin Lathrop you are right, updated. Also, I noticed categories can consist in just a post, no need to Q&A, so I also included that in. fedorqui‭ 5 months ago

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This is an interesting idea. We have help, but only moderators can edit it. We want documentation about the platform (as opposed to how our network or particular communities operate) to end up in the help that is part of the platform repository and seeded to all new communities -- but not everything has to start and end there.

I can see community-edited documentation filling a useful role between "you just have to know" and the formal help. New help topics could even emerge from it, community-curated first and thus not requiring as much time from platform developers to create. Meanwhile, other community-curated documentation that doesn't rise to the level of help would have a place (though members of other communities would have to know to come to Meta to find it, so it's both more and less visible than help).

If we do this, we should use wiki posts, which are like articles but (almost) anybody can edit and there's no voting.

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To help finding it, there could be a link to it in the help. celtschk‭ 5 months ago

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