Every now and then we see a clarification and minor change of the scope of Crypto.SE here on Meta, e.g. our resolution on side-channel considerations being on-topic as well as explicitly clarifying on cryptocurrencies. This has brought me the following idea:

Let's actually put the help-center into the hands of the community!

More concretely this means:

  • You suggest one replacement of the current content on one of the editable resources in an answer.
  • The answer gets voted on, depending on whether people want to see this idea (+1), don't have a strong feeling (+0) or actively dislike the idea (-1).
  • After one month, on the third of September, the vote results are tallied and implemented.
  • Updates need to reach at least +6 as a score to be even considered (to show they have community support).
  • Conflicts will be resolved via intelligent merging by the mods or an extra Meta Q&A.

What can be updated?

  • Each paragraph of the On-Topic page (separately).
  • New paragraphs can also be added to the On-Topic page.
  • The short description displayed at the top of the Tour and at the top of the page when not logged in.
  • The bullet points on the Tour (both are separate contents).
  • The introduction to the Help Center (which is empty for us, but set on e.g. Bitcoin.SE).

What do answers have to contain?

  • A title / TL;DR for quick identification.
  • A naming of the resource to be added / updated.
  • The new content (ideally with changes being highlighted if they are somewhat minor).
  • A rationale / motivation for the update.
  • $\begingroup$ I have put the example question out-of-scope because apparently we can only choose from 4 system-picked ones (?). // There won't be default answers because that would get way too big. $\endgroup$
    – SEJPM
    Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ If you mean the example questions on the site tour, they have to be short (400 chars or less, I think) and have at least two short answers. And there are also limitations on what formatting the question and answers can contain. Back when I last brought it up, we only had two eligible questions, so four is an improvement. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 9:38
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    $\begingroup$ Looks like the community either a) is fine with the help center exactly as it is, b) doesn't really care all that much and/or c) is too busy to think of any good suggestions. (For me, personally, it's pretty much a little bit of each.) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 13:10


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