The last section in the Stack Overflow official FAQ, https://stackoverflow.com/faq#what-about, currently links to a search of the questions tagged . I think it would be more helpful if instead it linked to the FAQ index. This is a much more organized list and would be more helpful to a new user.

EDIT: Since each meta-site has its own separate FAQ tag, it may be more useful to link each site to a search of its FAQ-tagged meta-questions, as well as have a link to the FAQ index. Since the index is entitled "FAQ for Stack Exchange sites", it's applicable to all sites. Mostly I would like to see this page linked on the official FAQ because:

  • It is community edited (isn't that the whole idea of SE?)
  • It is far easier to update (probably because of that last one)
  • It is, literally, the most often asked questions on MSO.

I'd argue that is far more generally useful than The Massive Index. Yes, if you want to sit down and read all about Stack Exchange the Index is a good start - but if you're just looking for an answer to a specific question, searching the is much quicker.

I do it all the time when answering support questions. Whereas, I think the last time I opened The FAQ was to look for an obsolete entry that I thought was hiding there and needed to be removed (but someone beat me to it).

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    Plus, sorting the faq search by votes gives you the index post at the top anyway. – Adam Lear Jun 22 '12 at 1:23

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