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Early on when you ask a question, possibly just the first time, you get presented initially with the "How to Ask" page before you can move on to the Ask a Question page.

Recommend also adding a link to the How to Ask page from Ask a Question, as a reminder and easy way to find that page again if you want to.

Separately, could probably use linking from the FAQ as well.

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+1 I asked the same question in the chat Jeff had started about 'How to Ask' on SF. – Zoredache Oct 21 '10 at 23:55

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OK, I now link to this on Stack Overflow, at least. The /questions/ask page help sidebar now reads:

How to Ask

  • Is your question about programming?
  • We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed.
  • Provide details. Write clearly and simply.
  • If your question is about this website, ask it on meta instead.

asking help »
read the faq »

I'm leery of linking this page on other sites yet because they don't have the How to Ask EULA mode enabled.

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Sweet! That looks great. – Andrew Barber Dec 7 '10 at 10:55
Excellent! Any chance of adding it to the bottom of the "How to Format" box as well? People spend a lot more time with that showing (because they have the question textbox focussed) than the "How to Ask" box (when they have the title textbox focussed). – T.J. Crowder Dec 8 '10 at 10:09

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