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I wanted to run an idea up the flag-pole before I implemented it.

I notice I keep coming back to meta to search for links to advise people on best practice for questions and answers.

I had an idea that I would ask a meta-question for an index of the relevant questions (e.g. the two or three meta-q's about references, about images, about potentially offensive topics, and maybe on editing and moderating too?) to help me find the right ones and to stop those questions being repeated

I would then provide a CW answer for people to edit. Almost an informal FAQ.

Then I thought I could just go through and tag the relevant questions with a "best-practice" tag instead.

Do either sound useful to you? Is "best-practice" the best word for it?

An a side-question that probably belongs on English Usage.SE. In Commonwealth English practice/practise and licence/license spellings depend on whether it is a noun/verb. In the US, license is always spelt with an 's'. What about practise?

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  • Progress report: Started to write an FAQ main page. Found @Borror0's question: What makes a good answer?. That seemed like a good way to go, so added a corresponding What makes a good question?. That's enough progress for now. Will continue soon. – Oddthinking Jun 18 '11 at 12:32
  • Progress report: Added another question about scope and then answered it, which, like the above, which summarises a number of different meta-questions, to make the main FAQ page simpler. – Oddthinking Jun 19 '11 at 17:25
  • Progress report: Added a draft Main FAQ page. After the above three questions summarised major parts, the result is far less substantial than I originally invisaged. – Oddthinking Jun 19 '11 at 17:27
  • Progress report: Tagged a number of questions as "proposed-faq" and also with "June-2011-faq-revamp" to help moderators find them. [I anticipate that they will remove that last tag as they decide whether they agree.] Over to you @Borror0 and @Fabian. – Oddthinking Jun 19 '11 at 17:29
  • I've tried to be (a) helpful, and (b) unbiased towards questions that I have either asked or answered, despite them being by far the most interesting ones (!). If I have failed in either of those goals, my apologies. Please be ruthless in your decisions; I can handle it. – Oddthinking Jun 19 '11 at 17:30
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There is the tag that is meant for that, though we haven't consistently applied that one. We should apply that tag to all relevant questions. This is a mod-only tag, so just list the questions here that should have the tag or flag them.

A main FAQ post that would summarize all of the FAQ questions would certainly be useful, there is something like that on Meta.SO.

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  • Confession: I've never fully understood the FAQ tag. I thought it was somehow protected by moderators. They don't appear here nor here. I can volunteer to draft a main FAQ post if you like. – Oddthinking Jun 18 '11 at 10:35
  • It's a tag on the meta site, though it can only be applied to questions by mods. It is meant for exactly what you propose to do. – Mad Scientist Jun 18 '11 at 10:37
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As Fabian said, this is what the FAQ tag is for, but we have been pretty negligent about it. Yesterday, we had only one FAQ-tagged post. We have much more than this.

We'll use this opportunity to play catch up. Edit your question to list the question you think should have the FAQ applied to. We'll take a look at them and apply the FAQ tag when applicable.

In the future, I propose we proceed in the following manner to add the FAQ tag to a question:

  1. Tag the question with
  2. Open a question about it.
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  • Okay. I'll write a proposed FAQ main page, with links to the proposed FAQ questions - more than just a list of questions, I'll try to give it some structure. – Oddthinking Jun 18 '11 at 10:57
  • Hmmm... just came across your question meta.skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/868/… which is taking the wind out of my sails! Half my job is done for me! – Oddthinking Jun 18 '11 at 11:05
  • @Oddthinking: I'm not asking for a "main page" as much as I'm asking for "just list me the question you think need the FAQ tag, so I can apply it." – Borror0 Jun 18 '11 at 18:48
  • understood. Will do. I'm striving for both. – Oddthinking Jun 18 '11 at 22:51

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