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[How To] How can a new user better help the community when asking a question.

peregrineperegrine MVP
edited November 2013 in Tutorials
  • Aside from providing the exact version number of vanilla (not latest version since that provides nothing informative),a good description of problem, an infomative title (the title should reflect the gist of the problem - not just Help! problem!)

  • if you ask a question, ask it when you plan to remain on line for more than a minute . In that way you can get an interactive response to fill in necessary gaps. Questions asked and then followed up by OP weeks later instead of the same day - lose momentum

  • Follow up with a response when you ask a question and get a reply.

  • If multiple suggestions are made, please identify what suggestion you used to solve your problem in your follow up. It will help the community and add some credence to the suggestion, and help future people looking at the discussion. In addition to the decorum of thanking the responders for help - you can also click on awesome or insightful its a nice touch (or click so to speak)

Be aware if you ask a question in the question category. You will sometimes be asked "Did this Answer your question".

By responding yes the answer will be moved to the top and easy to view. However, in a long flow of multiple correct sequential answers, the whole rhythm of the discussion will be thrown off and impossible to follow because it is all out of sequence.

There are two schools of thought:
- best answers to top of discussion is preferred even if the context is totally out of sequence.
- answers in chronological order are easier to view and a proper wrapup by the op at the end is better.

I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.


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