If I click on the "feedback" link at the bottom of the math main page, it sends me here. This is also the URL shown when hovering over the link.

Edit: Daniel Fischer suggests this may be by design, as this is how the "feedback" links work on other sites as well.

I had assumed that it would take one to a page with a form in which to leave feedback. Of course, once one knows the purpose of the meta sites, it can be seen as a place that one can leave feedback. However, I can also imagine that a new user might find this behavior somewhat confusing.

It might be better to send users to this page which describes the purpose of the meta sites.

  • $\begingroup$ Seems to be by design, the feedback link on UX leads to its meta. Unix & Linux ditto. $\endgroup$ Feb 19, 2014 at 21:59
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    $\begingroup$ I had assumed that it would take one to a page with a form in which to leave feedback. Once one knows the purpose of the meta sites, it could be seen as a place to leave feedback. However, I can also imagine that a new user would find this behavior confusing. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Feb 19, 2014 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it's not necessarily intuitive. One might consider it leading to a page explaining that feedback is to be left on meta. But that would be an extra click from that page to meta then. Not sure if it would be an improvement. $\endgroup$ Feb 19, 2014 at 22:13
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer: heh... I just suggested that in my edit. :-) $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Feb 19, 2014 at 22:14

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This behavior for the link is indeed .

Meta is the place to leave feedback about the site for the community to vet, so it falls naturally that that is where we want to direct people to give their feedback. That's the part we already know. This also doubles as a means to actually reach the corresponding site's Meta from the footer rather than needing to fly all the way to the page top. Not immediately apparent if your goal is to "Go to Meta", but the name was intended to reach those whose goal is to "Leave feedback".

I don't think throwing them at the help center article directly is too fancy. Especially if a user is already familiar with how the site works, it's extra clicks for no benefit. Ideally we want it so that new users would get a notice of how to find instructions easy enough, but can skip them and head straight to posting their feedback if they know what they're up to.

A new user who ends up on Meta does actually get an informative note about what the site is... sorta. I've indicated it in the following screenshot.

Image of the small banner

I think it's pretty clear from this screenshot that this is terribly insufficient, though - I think that to make the purpose of Meta as a feedback destination, we should look at touching that up over changing the link.

It's off to the side, and with the site's color design, it's not very apparent that this is valuable for a new user to read. It also currently just goes to the main Help Center page, so pointing to the Meta portion you suggested earlier would probably be better. And then making it easier to discover in some way - perhaps a large hero bar similar to the one new users get when viewing the main site. Could definitely use some nice attention to it somehow.

  • $\begingroup$ There used to be a "meta" link at the top of most pages. Although a bit more obscure, there are now two: one in the "StackExchange" menu and one in the "help" menu on the top bar. One of these two is what I use. I know it takes two clicks, but the "feedback" link at the bottom of the page requires that I scroll to the bottom. I wonder how many experienced users use the "feedback" link to get to meta. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Feb 22, 2014 at 1:38
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    $\begingroup$ @robjohn Experienced users click the word meta in the Community Bulletin. :) $\endgroup$
    – user127096
    Feb 24, 2014 at 23:47
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    $\begingroup$ @ thanks; I'll remember that as I become more experienced :-) $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Feb 25, 2014 at 0:06

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