I know this might need to be a feature request on Meta.SE but I wanted to know if there might already be some option to do this.

I'm thinking of how we can have information available for new (and not-so-new) users straight from the main page (because as previously established, most new users don't look at the Help Center).

I think there are several Meta posts that are crucial for new users to understand this community and how and what kind of questions we answer. There is the all-famous Friends, We Are Not Philosophers post, but others such as the recent Formal Logic post (there might be a better one answered in the past but it's got good voting ratio).

If we can put several links in a banner on the main page, in such a way that it's screaming "read me" (think like HNQ but in a bigger text and higher in the panel) it might help new users to better understand how this site works (and hopefully prevent unwarranted questions that floods our Queues).


  1. We need mod input to understand if it's even possible.

  2. We need to decide if we want it.

  3. If those 2 requirements are met, we need to choose which posts will show up there.

  • I don't think there is a possibility for the main site, but only the FAQ-tag for the meta (which does something similar to your request). Would you like to propose a different set of FAQ-questions?
    – Philip Klöcking Mod
    Apr 1, 2021 at 10:14
  • @PhilipKlöcking: I'm sure it's possible for mods to edit the sidebar. It's done on med SE to warn people from posting personal (medical) questions etc. Law SE also has a smaller warning IIRC. Apr 1, 2021 at 15:34
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    @PhilipKlöcking my point is to try and make sure that users who don't look at the FAQ (probably a big percentage of new users) would have it right in their face. Apr 1, 2021 at 16:28

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It is not possible to pin questions from the main site, but there are two mechanisms to "pin" questions from the meta site in a way that makes the visible on the main site (at least in desktop browsers):

  1. Adding the tag to the question. Only moderators can do this. The tag is automatically removed after some time, i.e. roughly one month..
  2. By creating an "event" with a start and end date. The event is described in a meta question, so you essentially get a link to that meta question. Only moderators can create events and "events" can last longer than a month. For example, on Literature Stack Exchange (where I am a moderator), reading challenges are "events" that last for two months.

Fizz's comment mentions editing the sidebar, but as far as I know, this requires intervention by a CM; I am not aware of a mechanism that is available to moderators.

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