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The main "tour" link says:

This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat.

While we're happy that SE is not a forum, new users can be put off by this fact. And it's not even a fact: We do have chat! It's in the chat room, but the entire page makes no mention of this brilliant sideshow.

Please mention the awesome chat in the tour.

Some sites suffer from poor meta participation. It was pointed out that meta is not mentioned in the tour either - and with the new top bar, its link is not even visible without clicking into a menu.

Please mention the meta site in the tour. Include a link to the excellent meta about page.

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    The tour is that for beginners - to introduce them to the Stack Exchange site they are on. Confusing them with "meta" and "chat" is counter productive. Adding more information about other sites detracts from the function of this page. – Oded Jan 3 '14 at 15:22
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    I wonder if they were left out because new users can't use those features yet (5 rep needed for Meta, 20 rep needed for chat). I think you also get "achievement" notifications for those, which probably explain them. – Josh Darnell Jan 3 '14 at 15:26
  • @jadarnel27: That's a very good point! – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Jan 3 '14 at 15:58
  • @Oded Would it be possible to incorporate some form of tutorial system that continues to give non-invasive advice to newly registered users until they reach 100 rep? It could even be an opt-out thing. I realize that mentioning meta and chat is not really the purpose of the tour/about but I feel their absence there does affect participation on a lot of new beta. It may not be that critical for chat, but it is especially important for meta. – called2voyage Jan 14 '14 at 22:16

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