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As far as I know, this isn't something that's ever really been talked about. We've got a potentially extremely useful resource on Puzzling Meta: the tag. But I'm not sure how we should use it. Documenting tips, information, puzzle requirements, what-to-do/what-not-to-do questions, etc. could potentially all belong here. Tools and resources we want in a shared way that may not be as suited for being on-site resources. Site policy, important past discussions, etc.

It's a broad topic, but it's, again, potentially extremely valuable as a resource. I've asked a Meta SE question about how the Meta FAQ should be used, but ultimately, it's up to you all.

(How) should we set up and use this resource?

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Let's use it for ... well, frequently asked questions! Sorry, that probably sounds trite. To put it another way, here's the question all active PSE users should be asking themselves for this post:

Which meta posts do I need to link to most frequently?

Whether it's to educate newer users in site policies or to teach/remind ourselves about them, I'm sure we all have some meta.PSE posts that we link to much more often than others. I've attempted a list and a rough categorisation below, but will be coming back to edit and improve it as I think of more.


Close reasons - useful for helping people understand why their question was closed.

What (Not) To Do posts - useful for helping people to make better puzzles.

Official site policies - just important to know, and help explain why certain actions were taken.

Unofficial site policies - more things that are important to know, and frequently asked about.

Fortnightly topic challenges - again, frequently asked about by people unfamiliar with them.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm also tempted to suggest Is it time for us to disallow challenge-only questions?, on the grounds that "What was this scope dispute / TMBMP / Great Puzzling War I keep hearing about?" is a frequently asked question :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 15 '17 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ "What is TSL / The Sphinx's Lair?" (To clarify, this is a followup on someone else's comment (humn?) elsewhere, that we reference TSL in answers somewhat frequently but people don't necessarily know what that is, and it generally lacks any indication of what it means or how to find it) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 22 '17 at 0:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio When referring people to chat who aren't already familiar with it, I always try to provide a link. You can actually do this automatically just by putting [chat] in a comment, though I usually prefer to link directly to the chatroom. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 22 '17 at 0:33

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