First, this is meant to be a serious thread. Not complaining or a flame war. I thought it might be useful to tell how I help with answering questions. It may help others better answer questions and hopefully others will post on the methods they employ and we can all learn.
Sometimes, just sometimes, I know the answer off the top of my head and can send off the reply quickly. Most of the time not. There are several things I do and tools I've developed to get answers.
1. Google. For example, if someone has an error message, I either search for the whole error or part of it. I try different phrases. Most of the time you can find something relevant. (I find more and more that google's findings are for LinuxQuestions.org
2. Use the search feature here on LQ.
3. Read the manuals. Especially the Red Hat ones. They're the best.
4. Use the man command
5. I created my own page of bookmarks. My public one can be found at
I also have a private one at
(also contains local links)
As you can see, I have the LQ forums I frequent as well as Red Hat manuals and Linux Documentaion Project Guides and relevant HOWTO's readily accessible.
Anyone else have any methods or ideas?