I've been wanting this feature for quite some time, but have yet to propose it for fear of being flamed (thanks Kuba, for taking the potential heat) and for lack of a quality proposal. I'm not sure votes is the right criterion to use. I also suspect that many feel that our go to What are the most common pitfalls awaiting new users? is the de facto FAQ. In my opinion, this document is an essential resource that has become a frightfully oppressive destination to any new users pointed in its direction.
I would propose that if we go the faq route, we establish a set of criteria for identifying such Q&As. Such as:
- The question is singular, in that it does contain a group of sub-parts which may not be relevant to one who searches for the question title.
- The question text is clear and concise and where appropriate, contains a minimal (non)working example
- The answer(s) meet the same criteria of clarity.
- The question and the answer have been received favorably by the community (X votes)
- There is a demonstrated need (multiple questions asked about the topic)
The more I think about it, the more I wonder if the "What are the most common..." question shouldn't serve as a starting point for generating the faq. What if folks who contributed there were to create a self-answered Q&A to be the point source for a FAQ?
An alternative which might use the current structure without adding yet another tag is to incorporate FAQ type questions into the wiki. Short Q&A could go into the wiki description itself, and more thorough answers could be linked. One benefit would be that the information is already indexed because it falls under a specific tag; however one (big?) disadvantage would be the lack of rep someone would receive for doing what could amount to being a large chunk of work to get the FAQ established.
Obviously, this is not an answer, but a set of thoughts too long for the comment section.