However, if I go to Blender (where I have not registered), these two links are nowhere to be found!
No about or help here.
And we all know how often people look at a website's footer.
I mean, when was the last time you saw that footer?
If users had more of an opportunity to see the well-organized and important information on those pages before they were prompted to register for an account, we would see an improvement in the quality of posts and participation by new users.
I propose that these links be made more visible to new visitors who don't yet have a profile so they can get a better understanding of the website before being prompted to register for it.
Personally, I think that placing them next to "sign up" and "login" would be great, but increasing their visibility at all would be an improvement.