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While doing first post reviews, I sometimes find that the user didn't learn to use the toolbar just above the text field they write to. I didn't find any better help topic than those on editting and on Markdown/HTML formatting, but these tools are not explained there (doing the same by code might suffice for programmers on SO, but not for us). There is a similar question on meta.SO, but it focused on code formatting and the answers didn't link to any useful source.

What to do? I usually just say that there's such a toolbar, but I don't know a good source to link and whole manual is too long for a comment.

  • I have asked for creating a help topic for absolute basics of editing on meta: meta.stackexchange.com/q/213106/202747. If there already is something like that, I expect to get a link for it in an answer. If I get some answer for this question there, I'll forward it here ASAP. – Pavel Dec 21 '13 at 23:10
  • So the community on meta.SO is generally inimical to the idea of having such a resource :-( – Pavel Dec 22 '13 at 11:18
  • You could write up your own guide here on meta, if you want. – fredsbend Dec 23 '13 at 20:20
  • I hesitate whether to do it or not. 3 upvotes right now is a mild signal we want it, but I don't have time to do it myself now. I'll see in the first half of January; if the upvoting will continue and anyone else won't write this, I'll make it myself. – Pavel Dec 24 '13 at 20:38

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