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Every Stack Exchange site has the same six buttons along the top banner:
- Ask Question
I've been a regular on SE some time now, and I've seen countless instances where a new user was exhorted to visit the Help Center, to learn more about site norms, what is on-topic, how to ask a question, etc. I've left some of those comments myself.
As I was doing this for the umpteenth time today, I started wondering: Why isn't a link to the Help Center more prominently displayed? In order for newcomers to find it, they would need to click on an odd-looking chat bubble icon.
(I realize that a link to the Help Center also shows up once a user clicks the Ask Question button, but, by then, I think most newer users are focused on their question, and not so interested in interrupting their train of thought to go tour the Help Center.)
I also realize this would not be a panacea – we will always have users who will ask questions first, and then learn more about the site later. Still, I wonder if we aren't putting more work on ourselves than necessary by making the Help Center so well-hidden in the first place, particularly since we'd like everyone to read all the material there that explains what makes this place so unique.
Would a seventh button across the top of all the sites be an improvement? I'd like to find a way to make a link to the Help Center a bit more prominent and easier to find.