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  • $\begingroup$ tsuyoshi, why did you create this question ? is this part of the FAQ ? if so, why not just add it in there ? $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2010 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: (1) The FAQ page is already too crowded. I think that putting too many things makes it hard to maintain. (2) I wanted to include the boilerplate message in the question. I cannot do this in the FAQ page. $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2010 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ then maybe add a link from there to here ? $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2010 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: That is fine, but I believe that the faq tag is exactly for that purpose. If the consensus is that we should consider a question as an FAQ, moderators can add the faq tag and the list of questions tagged as faq serves as the list of FAQ. That is how things are supposed to work as I understand it. $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2010 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ these are not exclusive. The reason we had a single "question" was so that there was a single place to list questions. I don't think the question itself is that clustered. $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2010 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: Added a link from there to here. BTW, it seems like we should have used chat for this! (I cannot participate in a chat right now, sorry.) $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2010 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ indeed. that would have been a good use of chat. $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2010 at 17:26

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