I like this site and this community, and I have some time to spare.

What are the things that I can do to help improve the site?


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There is a bunch of things that can always be done:

  • Answer unanswered questions.
  • If your rep allows it, you can help review posts.
  • Participate in the on going development of the site by contributing questions, answers & votes to meta.

If that's not enough, here is a list of things that can be done as part of housekeeping:

  • Fix the posts that have a high potential of link rot.
  • With the same philosophy, we should review the usage of links such as bit.ly. While these are nice for short URLs, the target of these links can be changed, redirecting users to inappropriate sites after some time.
  • Clean up the software-engineering tag.
  • Improve posts by using \$\LaTeX\$/MathJax.
  • Identify collections of questions that should be closed as duplicates, or for which a "canonical question" can be authored and used as a duplicate target (see here for a recent example of this process in action).

This list should be updated when new stuff comes up :)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Regarding links to dead sites, can't it a) be detected automatically (or at least flagged automatically) and b) relink to Internet Archive (wayback machine) automatically? (automatically = from code) \$\endgroup\$
    – Pablo H
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 11:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ As far as I know, there is no automatic way to do that. Based on my recent venturing in replacing links to gpwiki, there is no way to know if there is an archive on web.archive.org, nor which version is the right one, as there may be many and not all of them are "legit". Someone on SO meta has made a post about this. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 12:09

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