What should be in the FAQ?

Answers should refer either to a global issue (e.g. language issue, formatting issue of the FAQ itself) or to just a unit of information, so that voting and editing is easy.

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The FAQ should contain a paragraph about other resources:

Have you tried the following online resources before posing the question?


I would like to have completely separate FAQ pages in German and English and a language choice button at the top of the page.


One of the most important points is, the FAQ has to clarify what is on-topic and what is off-topic. Until that is done, closing questions as off-topic is rather arbitrary.

Please compare the FAQ of some established sites like SO, SF or EL&U with that of sites in Beta like our.

German Language and Usage - Stack Exchange is for students having questions about German, expert speakers of German wanting to discuss the finer points of the language and translation questions from any language to German.

is a good start, but I think it needs improvement.


A paragraph on the used language:

We welcome questions in English or German. Do not be surprised if your question is edited to improve the language.


It should point out clear and direct the mechanism of this page:

  • one question
  • many answers to this question
  • comments only for clarification

This is a thing I usually comment on new user that writes a follow-up question as answer. And while writing this answer, I realized I can point to the reworked tour-page.

Lets check the pages:

So I'd like to recommend to integrate the tour information into "our model" - because I assume the help section is the compendium of any helping topic.

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