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Topic: Proposed "sticky" : How to use this forum (Read 4 times) previous topic - next topic

Nick Gammon

Feb 13, 2013, 12:19 am Last Edit: Feb 14, 2013, 03:08 am by Nick Gammon Reason: 1
I get a personal message every few days asking "how do I even post a question on the forum"? Plus we have the usual assortment of cross-postings, code not in code tags, etc. I propose a "tutorial" sticky along the following lines:

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How to use this forum

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[url=http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,148850.0.html]How to use this forum[/url]


That's awesome Nick, now we just need a way to enforce that newbies actually read it before posting.
Like the scroll down & click acknowledge that software licenses make you check off.
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Jack Christensen

Like the scroll down & click acknowledge that software licenses make you check off.

And we know that everyone always reads those! :D (Sorry, could not help myself.)

Absolute bang-up, above-and-beyond job, Nick! I'm all for it. At least we could give the clueless a link to it.

BTW, I got one of those messages in the last day or so. Couldn't believe it, so I decided to just ignore it.
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Looks well though out and if it can get people to read and understand before posting all the better. I tend to ignore meaningless subject headings and common questions that could be answered with a little searching unless I'm really not busy.

Be polite

A little courtesy and politeness goes a long way. Even if you think a question has been asked before, or you don't see the point of it, try to answer politely. Remember a lot of the posters with high post counts see the same questions every day, and they may get a bit terse if you appear not to have tried very hard to help yourself in the first place.

This cuts both ways though as some people reply in a flippant manner that does not become an official support forum.


Well done Nick.
I would add one more piece of advice.

If you do not understand the answer then google the words you do not understand. If you are still stuck then ask again explaining what you didn't understand about the answer. Try not to say you didn't understand any of it, be specific.

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