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http://stackexchange.com is devoid of anything that explains what the SE platform is. While it does show hot questions for logged out users, there's nothing, except in the title bar, that explains

  1. that SE is a Q/A network
  2. that SE is community-driven
  3. that new sites can be proposed at A51

At the very least, these 3 things should exist on the about page (along with some other information), which shouldn't redirect to the management page.

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google doesn't say on its home page that it's a search engine =) –  Andreas Bonini Nov 8 '10 at 6:33
    
It does say Search, just like SE says: Ask Question –  Ivo Flipse Nov 8 '10 at 7:31
    
@Kop My point is that if new users stumble across SE (through friends, Twitter, etc.) and weren't pointed to a specific site, they wouldn't understand what SE is. Everyone knows what Google is. –  waiwai933 Nov 8 '10 at 16:03
    
@Ivo I'm not talkin about the sites themselves, but the SE homepage. There's no "Ask Question" link there. –  waiwai933 Nov 8 '10 at 16:04
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The first few times you go to stackexchange.com, you see the following:

What is this?

Stack Exchange is a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites. We highlight and aggregate the best recent content from our entire network here. Log in to create tag sets to view questions on subjects that interest you.

Wish we had Q&A on a different topic? Help us create new Q&A sites through the open, democratic process at Area 51. For more information, check out the blog or read more about us.

But right now we don't really see stackexchange.com as the entrance point to the network. Most people will find out about Stack Exchange by visiting one of the actual Q&A sites, and only later realize that it's part of a larger network. Putting it another way, if I were telling someone about Stack Exchange, I wouldn't send them to stackexchange.com, I'd send them to Stack Overflow, or Gaming, or Cooking, etc.

StackExchange.com is more for power users of the network, to give them tools to manage all of the sites they're interested in with the Hot Questions page and Tag Sets, or track their placement in the Reputation Leagues.


Edit

Joel also wrote a very nice about page a few weeks ago.

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