Getting Started with Stale Articles

As your product and company evolve, it's often difficult to keep your docs evolving at the same pace.

By marking articles as stale inside HelpDocs, your team knows exactly what needs updating even if they don’t have all the information they need right then to update it.

Once you update a stale article, it'll automatically remove the stale status. You can also do this from the content table.

When should I mark an article as stale?

Think of stale articles as a way of setting you and your team a reminder that some information needs updating. This can be particularly useful for meetings or updating sprints. 

You might want to set an article as stale if:

  1. A customer notices something is outdated
  2. You're an engineer changing or removing of a feature that article refers to
  3. You manage article writers and you'd like some information to be updated
  4. You know the information is outdated but don't yet have all the information to update it

How do I know if an article is stale?

Stale articles will show up in the content table with a yellow background rather than a blue one. They'll also have a Stale badge with the option to mark an article as fresh.

When you click on a stale article, it'll show a message above the editor with information about why it's stale and an option to keep it stale when you press save.

To learn more about marking an article as stale, head over to Marking an Article as Stale.

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