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I'm sure I'm missing something simple here, but I can't figure out how to submit a question to the Ask HN section of the Hacker News website. How do I do this?

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  1. Click the submit link at the top of the page.
  2. Log in, if necessary.
  3. Fill out the form.

Note to start an "Ask HN:" discussion, you must fill out the form in a special way:

  1. Start title with "Ask HN:"
  2. Enter your question as the rest of the title field.
  3. Leave the URL field blank.
  4. Optionally put a more detailed explanation of your question in the text field. This will appear at the top if someone views your submission.
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There's a Submit link in the header - or just head over to this link directly --> http://news.ycombinator.com/submit with "Ask HN:" prefixed to the title

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  • Image is missing, with an error message. Feb 24, 2015 at 3:38
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    @MiguelAngelo thanks for letting me know, fixed Feb 24, 2015 at 3:46
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It's worth pointing out that Hacker News doesn't have any "sections" per se. It's just something that people put at the front of the subject.

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    I think the question author is referring to this page/section: news.ycombinator.com/ask Dec 13, 2019 at 17:20
  • @GabeKopley, That page shows all posts without urls. You don't need prefix Ask HN:/Tell HN:.
    – Pacerier
    Nov 1, 2023 at 4:14

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