These two pages are almost identical:

  1. /help/how-to-ask
  2. /questions/how-to-ask

Except for some little differences. Help center links to 1, the magic link [ask] points to 2. There are "related articles" in the sidebar of 2, but the sidebar of 1 is filled with links to other Help Center articles. There's a search bar in 2, but not in 1.

I vote to close one of these pages as a duplicate of the other.

Same story with answering: one page in Help Center, one linked from [answer] magic link.

  1. /help/how-to-answer
  2. /questions/how-to-answer
  • Test: How to Ask and How to Answer. Yes, both redirect. Embedded search bar has been replaced with a link to /search.
    – user259867
    Jul 15, 2014 at 17:09

2 Answers 2


/questions/how-to-ask will be redirecting to /help/how-to-ask.

/questions/how-to-answer will be redirecting to /help/how-to-answer.

With you in the next build.


Clearly, we need a top-level /how-to-ask page that randomly redirects to one of these existing pages. Then we can just link to that.

...Or we could figure out how to embed that search widget into a normal /help center page, which is the primary reason /questions/how-to-ask is still separate.

Until then, they'll remain slightly different pages with slightly different purposes.

  • I was updating as you answered: same duplication happens with "how to answer". There's no search bar there... Also, the magic link How to Ask can only be posted after the question is asked. Too late to direct to the search bar then.
    – user259867
    Jul 9, 2014 at 21:39
  • I forgot /questions/how-to-answer existed... Yeah, that one should definitely just be a redirect.
    – Shog9
    Jul 9, 2014 at 21:41
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    Seems like "How to embed a search widget into a help center page" would be a good question for Stack Overflow. Jul 10, 2014 at 11:19

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