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Re: How to ask questions the smart way.

by cacharbe (Curate)
on Sep 10, 2001 at 19:33 UTC ( #111491=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How to ask questions the smart way.

I think this also needs a successor "How to write useful answers".

  • 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...)


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