All about long-form content Articles.

Written by Loren Alldrin
Updated over a week ago

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Applies to: Enterprise

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Stack Overflow Enterprise (SOE) users can create long-form content Articles in addition to questions. Articles are a stand-alone content type suitable for sharing knowledge that may not fit the traditional Q&A format. Articles show up in search results alongside questions. Articles share many features with questions and answers, including upvoting, commenting, adding to a Collection, and more.

Create an Article

To create an Article, click on the Articles link in the left-hand menu. Click Create a new Article to go to the Article creation page.

Give your Article an informative title, and pick from one of the four Article types. Article types give your team members a general idea of the type of content within the Article:

  • Knowledge Article

  • Announcement

  • How-To Guide

  • Policy

Pick at least one content tag to classify your Article. You can add up to four tags.

Add the main content of the Article. Try copy-pasting existing documents you have on other platforms right into the editor to save time and automatically convert them into the Markdown format. Upload images, use lists, add code snippets, and much more. If you link to questions on your team within the Article, those questions will also be listed on the sidebar to the right of your Article’s content.

Articles have the same auto-save feature as Q&A posts. SOE automatically saves a draft of your Article after 45 seconds. This allows you to pause adding or editing an Article and resume at a later time.

When you’re done writing your Article, click Save. Your Article will become visible in the Articles list and search results.

Link to Sections within Articles

Heading Links are auto-generated anchor IDs and links for headings (levels H1-H6). This feature allows linking directly to specific sections of an Article for quick navigation in long-form content. SOE adds heading links automatically for any H1-H6 heading, indicating the links with visual cues in the Article as shown below.

Give Feedback on an Article

Once your Article is published, other users can provide feedback to the author and editor(s) of the Article. This allows users to highlight its usefulness, similar to upvoting on questions.

To mark an Article as useful, click the upvote button.

To provide feedback to the author of the Article, click the pencil and note (feedback) button.

Clicking the feedback button will show the "Provide feedback" box.

Select the type of feedback you're providing from the following options:

  • Out of date

  • Incorrect

  • Needing more detail or context

Use the text box to add additional details about your feedback.

Once you click Submit feedback, SOE will notify the author so they can address the feedback as needed.

Feedback is only visible to the author and editor(s) of the Article. If they click on the feedback notification, or edit the Article, they’ll see the feedback in the right sidebar. Clicking any checkmark resolves that feedback item.

Article authors also receive reputation points for upvotes on Articles, just like for Q&A posts.

Grant Article Edit Permission to Other Users

On the main site, the Article author and moderators can always edit an Article and view and address feedback. In a private Team, the author and any Team admin have these editing permissions. To grant editing permissions to additional users, click Permission settings when creating or editing an Article. Search for users to grant them editing permissions.

Organize Articles

In addition to the main Articles page, users can find Articles through searches. Users can also add Articles to a SOE Collection in the same way they add questions and answers.

While viewing an Article, add it to a Collection with the link in the right sidebar. You can also add multiple Articles to a Collection at the same time from inside the Collection itself.

Filter and Find Articles

From the Articles page, you can filter and sort the results by the following options:

  • Name

  • Author

  • All Articles, your Articles, or Articles you can edit

  • Sort by newest or recently edited

You can also find other Articles of the same type by using the following search terms in the regular search system:

  • [knowledge-article] is:article

  • [how-to-guide] is:article

  • [announcement] is:article

  • [policy] is:article

Searching by tags includes Articles alongside questions and answers in the search results. Tag summary pages also show Articles along with Q&A content.

Delete an Article

You can delete an Article you've written to permanently remove it. To delete an Article, view the Article then click Edit. Click Delete, and confirm that you wish to delete the Article.

NOTE: We recommend saving the deleted Article's ID in case you need to recover its content in the future. You can find the Article's ID in the URL when viewing or editing the Article (for example: https://[your_site]/articles/edit/1234 is article ID 1234).

Recover Content from a Deleted Article

When you delete an Article, SOE permanently makes that Article inaccessible—but it doesn't remove it from the database. You can still access the deleted Article's revision history, which allows you to see its content. You can then copy and paste the Article's content to a new Article.

To see an Article's revision history, you need the Article's ID. If you didn't save the Article ID before deletion, it may exist in your browser's history. If you can't find it in your browser history, see if someone in your company has recently accessed the Article and can provide you the URL.

Once you have the Article ID, you can access the revisions page of the Article by putting the Article ID into this URL: https://[your_site]/posts/[article_ID]/revisions. The Article's revision page will appear. It lists all versions of the Article, starting with the most-recent (highest-numbered) version.

If your Article has no revisions, copy all the content from the top of the page (version 1). Paste the content into a new Article, and format as needed.

If your Article has multiple versions, click Side-by-side to show the latest version (and no inline changes) on the right side of the screen. Select and copy the content from the desired version, which is usually the latest version at the top of the page. Paste the content into a new Article, and format as needed.

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