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Old 04-02-2009, 08:59 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Gentle Reminder: Ask Questions ONCE, Wait for replies!


Gentlepeople...

Please ask a question once, then wait at least 24 hours for a response to accumulate. "No matter how urgent it is, it will wait 'til morning."

When you ask, please be specific about what you ask. Write your question such that someone can reasonably arrive at one interpretation of "what is the best answer that would give this person what he needs to know?" If all that someone can do is to write back to say, "huh?" ... you've just wasted time and bandwidth and you still don't have the answer you seek.

It's okay that you really do not know, "technically," what is the answer you're looking for... and, it's okay if English is not your first language. But, when you ask any question to anyone, you do know "how to recognize 'the answer that you need' when you see it." Therefore, describe that answer.

Be careful of the so-called "XY Problem," where you ask question "X" because you presently think that "X" is the solution to my real issue, which is "Y." There may well be a dramatically better solution to your true problem, "Z", which you could not have thought of.

Finally: search for existing answers, before you ask again.

Remember that "a thread will become a resource." Other people will search, and when they do, they will find your thread. If you are careful, both when you ask a question and when you respond, the thread will be useful for many years to come.

Thanks!

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Old 04-02-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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Good reading: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
 
Old 04-02-2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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What if you never get any replies

Anyway, I've had a recent problem and when I Google it, my threads are like the first relevant results that comes up lol
 
Old 04-02-2009, 10:26 AM   #4
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Quote:
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What if you never get any replies
at lease two options:

1. Do some googling and post a reply to your thread stating a) what you learned, and b) what you don't understand.

2. Think if you can restate the question from some other viewpoint. If it qualifies as a truly different question, then put in a new thread. (but in general don't start new threads on the same basic topic.

Keep in mind that the lack of response can mean:

a. everyone is busy

b. no one can understand the question

c. no one knows the answer
 
  


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