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I saw it several time in the last time, that new users receive a comment Welcome to TeX.SX but without linking to the welcome page. Is there a reason for that? It thick it’s nice to just say hello, but guiding new users to the welcome page would be even more helpful …

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    i've been one of the commenters who has said "welcome" without a link. discussion here in meta has fairly often mentioned that at least some people feel that the link is "too much". perhaps inadvisedly, i reacted with the conclusion that no welcome is impolite, so better a "reduced" one than none at all. i'm willing to be persuaded otherwise. – barbara beeton Aug 31 '15 at 18:36
  • Ok … I missed the discussion about that a link is too much … in my opinion it is not :-) – Tobi Aug 31 '15 at 18:41
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    I am also one of the users not providing a link. Many users just ask one single question, the welcome page is huge. Seeing the page i imagine a comic character looking up an indefinitely high wall not being able to get in. We are enough helpers to deal with missing code-markup, spelling and asking for clarification. If the user stays and asks more questions, the OP will notice how the site works. Same for helpers. – Johannes_B Aug 31 '15 at 19:05
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    I'm also one of the (sometimes) no linkers. Many times the link seems a bit passive-agressive. And sometimes people add the link even on perfect MWE questions, which then makes the user confused. – Alan Munn Aug 31 '15 at 19:07
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    It feels like not a welcome page but a customs controller reading you the visa application. Hence I basically started punching it in manually without the link. – percusse Sep 1 '15 at 11:17
  • @percusse: Good point :-) – Tobi Sep 1 '15 at 17:14

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