I think this also needs a successor "How to write useful answers".
in reply to How to ask questions the smart way.
- Listen (Read) intently
- Test your Code, or mark it as untested
- If you want to foster a community, don't be a prick.
- RTFM is nice, RTFM or STFW with links is better
- Be informative, remember, archives are eternal.
- A well written response might become a S result on TFW, or, to quote "What we do in life, echoes in eternity" --Maximus, Gladiator
( Aside: Of course, sometimes I, too, become frustrated at an ignorant post, and lean more toward "At my signal, unleash hell")
I'm by no means suggesting a level of hand holding greater than now occurs (well, maybe a bit), but I think we can show others what is expected of them if we lead by example. Besides, responses that are dense with information and solid (read: Tested) examples begin to create a repository of highly useful, and crossed referenced material, and isn't that what we are after?
( Aside: Hmm, new discussion node there...A count of the number of internal nodes referencing a particular node. This might be a good quick reference on a particular nodes usefulness, excluding manpages, etc...)