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I just noticed that when not logged in, I have "sign up" and "log in" links on top:

Not sure how long it's like this however both link to http://stackoverflow.com/users/login.

As I understand it's by design (?) two have to links with different words point to the same page, I think we better remove the "sign up" as it's just confusing. (unless it will point to http://stackoverflow.com/users/login#create-account which indeed give the user option to create new account in one step)

This happens on all sites, except Meta.

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Welp, I think this has been answered. Some ninja editing there, Oded. –  Richard J. Ross III Apr 25 '13 at 19:59
    
@Richard where? –  Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 19:59
    
Oded's 'by design' edit. Interfaces like that are actually quite common on other websites, IIRC Reddit is similar. –  Richard J. Ross III Apr 25 '13 at 20:00
    
@Richard I asked "why" and still can't see any reasonable reason hence the feature request asking to remove "sign up". If Oded won't explain will flag so it's at least tagged correctly as status-declined. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 20:02
    
I've brought this up to Jeremy's attention, as he can give a better answer than a simple bydesign. –  Oded Apr 25 '13 at 20:04
    
@Oded thanks! :) –  Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 20:05
    
Presumably, new users will get confused when they can't find a 'sign up' link, and established users will feel weird if they don't have a 'log in' link. –  Hannele Apr 25 '13 at 20:07
    
@Hannele clicking "sign up" and landing on "log in" is more confusing and more severe as they will think something is broken. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 20:09
    
@ShaWizDowArd we are redesigning the landing page in the next couple of weeks, and it will be tabbed with sign up and login tabs –  Jeremy T Apr 25 '13 at 21:20
    
@Jeremy two tabs with the exact same contents? –  Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 21:32
    
@ShaWizDowArd Not exactly the same. The copy will be slightly different. There's just not much of a difference, actually. We decided against an onboarding process, so we really just need you to put your Google/Facebook login in or sign up for a stack exchange account... –  Jeremy T Apr 25 '13 at 23:30
    
@Jeremy well, as long as it's clear how to proceed I'm all for it, though "sign up" leading to login form is somewhat confusing . –  Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 23:55

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Having both 'sign up' and 'log in' can be less confusing to people new to the site. If someone has never signed up or registered for the site, 'log in' doesn't seem like the place to sign up for an account. But also, it would not be intuitive that 'sign up' is where to go to log in. So even though both links point to the same page, having both links at the top of the page solves more problems than it causes.

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This is basically our thinking. –  Jeremy T Apr 25 '13 at 20:20
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Disagree, unless the "sign up" will explain more clearly how to really sign up e.g. click "login with Stack Exchange" then click "click here to sign up" then fill your details. @JeremyTunnell no way to add such a message somehow? –  Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 21:21

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