We already have the ability to have certain links auto-expand in comments as per Add data.SE style "magic links" to comments.

Can the new about pages also be added using the [about] format since they are an awesome reference to point new users to along with the FAQ?

What should the link text be? "About $sitename"? "about page"? Something else?

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    test: what are you talking tour? :) failed
    – gnat
    Jan 17, 2013 at 6:20
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    I really hope the new quickstart pages will have an auto-expand keyword from the get-go.
    – J. Steen
    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:04
  • @J.Steen So far I see it deployed to most sites, but there is not auto-expand yet. Jan 17, 2013 at 7:40
  • I'll settle for "get-go" being "within a week or two". ;)
    – J. Steen
    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:41
  • @J. Steen: You mean "within 6 to 8 weeks". Jan 17, 2013 at 8:13
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn It's been so long since I saw it that I had forgotten about that meme.
    – J. Steen
    Jan 17, 2013 at 9:36
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    @J. Steen: Don't be silly. 6 to 8 weeks isn't that long. Jan 17, 2013 at 9:54
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn Ba-dump tish.
    – J. Steen
    Jan 17, 2013 at 10:05
  • @balpha: As for what the link should be, what's wrong with just linkifying the word "about"? That'll match [faq].
    – ale
    Feb 12, 2013 at 21:07
  • @AlEverett Might be a bit weird in the reading flow, since "about" isn't a noun. I don't have strong opinions on this, but I'd like to hear from the people who would be using this feature a lot.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Feb 12, 2013 at 21:32
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    @balpha: It could easily be expressed by simply sending someone to look at the tour page and the faq for example. Feb 12, 2013 at 22:41
  • @JonEgerton Then post an answer.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Feb 13, 2013 at 8:12
  • This has been status-complete-ed, but I'm missing the pictures mentioned in the bounty ... I really want to see those sloths! Feb 20, 2013 at 10:12
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    @JoachimSauer: ok, hang on then... Feb 20, 2013 at 10:15
  • About time! :) Feb 20, 2013 at 11:41

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I think just having the link as [about] would be fine - this would lead to the comment to the user reading:

"...Please check out the [FAQ] and the [About] page on how to get the most out of the site..."

which would appear as:

"...Please check out the FAQ and the About page on how to get the most out of the site..."

It reads ok.

EDIT: The wished for Sloth pics: (afraid I'm not up to hand drawing, so t'interweb will have to provide instead). Anyone else fancy a go?

Pics from here:

A sloth

Another sloth

And lastly (from here:


Sloth in a Onesie

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    Looks like nobody's objecting to this, hence so be it!
    – balpha StaffMod
    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:06
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    @balpha So is tour working yet? Awesome work! Thank you, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:35
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    @balpha Oh, I just found this thread. “About” would be completely useless to me, I don't think I'd ever want it. “questions and answers site” is what I use often. I'm telling people to read the /about page for a reason, not because it's called “about”, but because of what it explains. Feb 25, 2013 at 13:26
  • @Gilles, I see what you mean, but its quite restrictive in how it could be used. Maybe, if it was to be the case, then we could have a standard comment insert function to give the usual canned,"Welcome, see these links" message. (I type some variation on this several times a day at present.) Feb 25, 2013 at 14:20

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