Related: "We're no longer accepting" message should not be hosted on meta

The helpcenter has an entry for the question ban message. It still links to the meta page for further details. Besides that, the question ban message still links to the old page.

Now that we have the helpcenter, could the following changes be implemented?

  • Link to the help center instead of the meta post
  • Remove the link to the meta post from the help center, and instead incorporate its contents into the helpcenter itself
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    That'd also help lower the amount of posts from people who are sent to Meta because of that message in the first place.
    – slhck
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 5:56
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    – yannis
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 9:06
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    A help center page makes a lot more sense as a target for the question-ban link than a question here. The Q/A structure alone isn't the easiest to parse for someone looking for a quick answer as to why they were banned and what to do about it. There's a reason why that question had to be locked after accumulating 11 bad answers, 207 deleted comments, and 42 flags. Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 16:27
  • @BradLarson: as well as spawning countless dupes and OT programming qs on meta. Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 16:29
  • @Manishearth - Shog does seem to indicate that there aren't a lot of off topic questions here related to the ban message: meta.stackexchange.com/a/177542/135615 , but if we can reduce this and provide better clarity by directing people to the help center, I'm all for it. Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 16:34
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    This is a good idea. We have a bit of a backlog regarding help center stuff at the moment, but rest assured we will get to it soon!
    – Laura
    Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 19:03
  • @Laura: Yay! You have the gratitude of Meta for years to come :) Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 19:07
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    @Laura Post that as an answer, can't bounty a comment.
    – yannis
    Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 19:52

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This is a Good Idea with a lot of support, so it's on our to-do list. We have quite a few little changes we're still working on, but I will update here when this one is complete.

Edit: This is status-partially-completed completed. The Help Center article has been expanded and no longer links to MSO. The link in the error messages has also been changed.


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