On meta we have a tag to denote frequently asked questions, it is the moderator only bright red tag known as . This tag provides us the opportunity to group together our agreed community consensuses, allowing us easy access to reference them and an easy way to point new users trying to learn how we work to the many hours of discussion that resulted in us working that way in the first place.

Here is some past reading for some background on where this post is coming from:

Currently, the FAQ tag is underused, containing only nine questions. These are nine very good questions and provide a very good basis to some of the more obvious questions, even though a couple of them are edge cases.

The FAQ tag is linked to directly from the help page, and while the help page is very good, it doesn't detail how or why we do many of the things we do. I once wrote how perplexing it was trying to work out how Arqade works, shortly after starting. I know I'm not alone in these thoughts because many other new users have experienced the same issues.

The purpose of this post is to form community consensus on what exactly should be included and should be approached as follows:

  • Upvote the question if you think grouping all of our community agreed policies should be tagged together to make them easier to find.

  • Downvote the question if you don't think grouping all of our community agreed policies should be tagged together.

  • Post answers detailing the questions on meta you think should be included under this tag, whether that tag be or or a new tag altogether. Detail in your answer why you think the question/answer linked is worthy of inclusion so everybody else can understand.

  • Vote on the answers to agree or disagree that you think that question should be officially backed and enforced as site policy.

  • Do we have a hard limit of answer score (total up - total down) makes community consensus enough so that mods can start faq'ing?
    – Robotnik Mod
    Oct 23 '13 at 8:25
  • I think a deadline/time limit is probably a better way of doing it - probably a week from now, to give everybody a fair chance to see the post and contribute - then probably everything with a positive overall score depending on the number of proposals put forward
    – kalina
    Oct 23 '13 at 8:32
  • Sounds good (15 chars)
    – Robotnik Mod
    Oct 23 '13 at 8:45

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What should be done with out of version questions?

This question reflects community consensus regarding questions that may be considered outdated or obsolete.

Note: The consensus in this 2013 meta post seems to be contradictory to a similar 2010 meta discussion (Outdated Answers Due to Patches). I believe this should supersede that older meta post as it is more recent.


Is programming, in a game, on topic here?

This question and answers reflect the community's opinion on questions about programming in a game.

  • 2
    This doesn't come up often enough to be in the FAQ.
    – au revoir
    Oct 22 '13 at 19:36
  • Perhaps [site-policies] then, as per the instructions in the question
    – Robotnik Mod
    Oct 23 '13 at 8:27

Can better support be added for creating tables, for science?

There are a lot of answers where this method of embedding tables would be handy - I wish I'd known about it when I started out here!


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