I'm looking for some documentation on the moderation tools. I am aware of the tools page, and I can see the various 'edit' and 'synonyms' links when I explore the site.

However, I really don't want to just poke around and break something. I've seen a number of times where a user with new tag edits will start bumping all kinds of old questions to the front page for little grammar fixes, and I don't want to force a mod to go back into the database and undo something I screwed up. Where can I read up on when and how to use these abilities?

I feel like I'm learning how to use a terminal all over again. I'm staring at a blinking prompt, wondering what to type. man [letters] produces interesting things for some values of [letters], and those are all reasonably well documented, but that doesn't mean I know how to use the computer. To learn the terminal, it's easy enough to set up a VM and poke around until something good or bad happens, but E&R isn't a VM. It's a live system that affects a lot of people.


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Well, we are trying to make the tools self documenting. Which tools in particular did you need guidance on, what do you think those pages should say on them to help you?

  • \$\begingroup\$ The tools themselves are essentially self-documenting. Read the caption, type in the box, click the button. Pretty standard stuff. However, for an example, I noticed that [max] and [msp] are separate tags, when they should be [max-msp], except for the [msp]+[msp430] questions. What tools do I use for this modification? When do I use the other options? How should I monitor tag creation, and what should I do when I see something wrong? I need a 'big picture' guide to the tools. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 20, 2011 at 1:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @reem I suggest the E&R chat room as a starting point chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/15 \$\endgroup\$ Jan 20, 2011 at 6:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @reemrevnivek, Yes, please feel free to come by the E&R chat room and let the other mods help you feel your way around. As @jeff has pointed out, the chat room can be a good place to come get help and guidance. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Jan 21, 2011 at 18:59

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