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Tips On How To Post a Question

PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:25 pm
by eric
Hello all,

A couple of key points that I would like to cover for posting a question. By following these simple rules, you will make everyone's lives easier.

If possible, try to take a look through Eric Raymond's, "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way": http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html.

Create a Useful Title
A title like 'Need Help' isn't descriptive and probably won't yield too much help. Try to use something that will be searchable in the future and will be descriptive. This way other's who may know something about your question can potentially help you with an answer.

Make An Effort
Try looking through the FAQs, mailing list archives, or googling to come up with an answer. Let the reader know what you have tried so you are not doubling your effort doing the same thing over and over.

Language
Amongst other things, make a concerted effort to have good spelling and grammer. This will make it easier for other's to read and understand. If English isn't your first language, that's ok, just make the effort. Also, please refrain from using any profanity. Our SPAM filter will catch it and "*beep*" it out thus making your message more difficult to follow. Read over your message. If it doesn't make sense to you, then it likely won't make sense to the person reading it.

Think It Through
Remember to go over your question. Ensure that you have thought it through. Sometimes you need to a step back from the problem for a few minutes and the answer may come to you. Sometimes you will think of something else to try. It allows you to back off of your frustration and desperation for an answer (should it be there). Anyway you look at it, taking a step back is a good thing.

So, keeping all these things in mind, please try to ask a question effectively. These are just the basics. If you are interested in more, please follow the link above. Thanks.

Eric