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My first could describe a call or a fell, in two ways,
And it sounds like a way of going fast in olden times.

My second could describe a paper or a cloud, in two ways,
And docked it's almost my first, but not in truth.

My whole is used to know what's important,
Like for instance a featured SE post.

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This is an incomplete answer. I think the word may be:

Highlight

My first could describe a call or a fell, in two ways,
And it sounds like a way of going fast in olden times.

High - You can describe a phone call as just saying hi (high). You can describe someone's fall or a tree fell as being high. As @humn stated, Hie could be a term for going fast in olden times.

OP edit: the adjective "high" can mean high-pitched (as a call/shout can be) or high altitude (as a fell/mountain can be).

My second could describe a paper or a cloud, in two ways,
And docked it's almost my first, but not in truth.

Light You can describe paper and cloud as being light (lightweight). A cloud is visible because of sunlight scattering particles through tiny droplets the atmosphere.

OP edit: the adjective "light" can mean light-coloured (like white paper and white clouds) or lightweight (again like paper and clouds which don't weigh much).

My whole is used to know what's important,
Like for instance a featured SE post.

Highlight means to emphasize or make prominent. You could say that a featured post is highlighted to get more views.

At time of posting, the current featured post is amusingly:

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh nice! I was looking for a word like that. I still have no clue for the "And docked..." line. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Williamson Sep 29 at 19:49
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    $\begingroup$ Correct answer! But you need to work on the explanations for lines 1-2, 4, and the "in two ways" in 3. Also there's a double meaning of the last line, although it's more of an easter egg than really necessary for the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 29 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ Line 2 now solved thanks to @humn. Note that it says "a fell" not "a fall". For the double meaning of the last line, look at the currently featured posts :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 29 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ I could use a hint... Or help from the exchange to figure out line 4. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Williamson Sep 30 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ For line 4, think of cryptic crosswords for help interpreting "docked". For lines 1 and 3, "in two ways" refers to two different (adjectival) meanings of the relevant word - what can it be used to describe? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 30 at 16:16

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