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This has been bugging me for a long time. What does the word faq1 mean, anyway? It hangs in my throat like an errant syllable from the Aflac duck, and I think the term is completely undiscoverable to a new user.

Changing the link name to help

(or New users read this or Read Me or pretty much anything except faaaak)

...would make the link more discoverable, and perhaps increase the chances that a new user might actually read it before someone tells them to "Read the faq."

Instead of "Frequently Asked Questions" (does anyone actually ask these??), the page should be titled, "How This Site Works."

1. Yes, I do know what the word actually means.

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Maybe "WTF" would encourage more people to click. –  Al E. Jun 24 '11 at 19:19

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I have had all of these thoughts before, myself. Not just about SE sites, but in general. I eventually came to the conclusion that the use of "faq" to mean "help" or "new users click here" has become a fairly well established convention in our society in spite of the literal meaning of the term "frequently asked questions."

So, I'm not opposed to this request, but I also don't think it'll result in any significant change in the number of new users — or old users — who read that information, or in users' behavior across the network.

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Are you talking about renaming the FAQ tab on the main page, or about how the FAQ page isn't a FAQ since the real FAQ is the ? Whatever, I fully support your war on FAQs.

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1) Nope. 2) lolwut? –  Robert Harvey Jun 24 '11 at 19:32

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