Guidelines for posting requests for help - UPDATED!
Guidelines for Posting Requests for Help
GIDForums is pleased to provide these forums to help you understand programming techniques and correct programming problems. Following these guidelines will help you post good questions with enough information that we can understand your request and where your problem might be.
You do not have to give us a long explanation about being a noob -- we already know. A little background in your experience is nice (like how far you've come in your learning), but don't apologize for being new to this stuff. We all started out that way.
1: When asking questions about code you need to post some code. We cannot help you if you show us nothing you've attempted. Posting just your assignment/problem description is likely to get a few snide comments and nothing more. You've also wasted at least half a day while someone decides to post a message asking what you've done. Save time -- post code.
When posting code, to help us read and understand your posts please
2: Be sure to explain fully:
3: Use the Preview Post button before Submitting. You can make sure your post looks the way you want it to look, check spelling, check readability, code is formatted, etc.
4: Be sure to list any restrictions you are under.
If you don't, you may get a lot of help explaining how to solve the problem with an array when you were specifically instructed not to use arrays. This wastes everyone's time, including yours. Only you know your limitations.
5: Use an appropriate title for your post.
Something likeAnd please don't use "urgent", "need help fast", or similar statements in your title. It's not going to get you help any faster and it's annoying -- like we have nothing better to do... Well, we don't, but that's not the point...
6: Do not start new threads on the same topic. Keep replying to the original thread.
7: Do not start a new question on an existing thread unless you are the original poster. New posters should start a new thread unless your question is directly related to the discussion in progress.
8: Don't bump your thread. Most of us have lives outside of the forum so bumping your post after an hour or two is not appropriate. Sometimes it may take up to a day for the right person to read your post. We've got quite a few good people reading your posts, all voluntary, and they do so when they are able. So bumping is unnecessary. If someone can help, someone will help.
9: Do not use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS! This is considered shouting and is rude. So is large sections of bold to make your post stand out. bold and italic are used to emphasize points, not indicate you are in dire need and we have to help you NOW
10: Limit your smileys. You don't need a smiley on each line (let alone 2 or 3 per line). Use them to enhance your post, not make your post cute.
Last edited by cable_guy_67 : 19-May-2006 at 03:12. Reason: Updates from WaltP
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