good post! Perhaps it is time for us to write a sticky, and to also include such basic things? I'm always amazed that people sometimes don't do a basic Google search for the info. Mellis, what do you think?
What about this:
Before you post:
- Read through current and past posts in the forum to see if your question has already been answered.
- Check the Arduino.cc troubleshooting guide to see if your question is answered there.
- Search with Google to see if your question has been answered. For Arduino with an LCD, for example, try (without the quotes) "Arduino + LCD"
- For information on interfacing specific parts or on software issues, include the part number or issue. For example: "Arduino Parallax GPS" or "Arduino software serial". If your search item is two words, like "software serial", enclose it in quotes for better results.
- Use Google to search the forum. As the forum search is limited, use Google to search the Arduino domain name.
Example: Google "inurl:arduino.cc + LCD".
- One post is enough. Please don't double-post to separate parts of the forum. Don't worry, we'll see your question.
After you post:
- If your questions brings about new knowledge, it is appropriate to share that knowledge with the community. This can be done easily by opening an account in the Arduino wiki, called the "Playground". Arduino is a collective effort. Make yourself part of the collective.
- Please be patient and polite. The forum is a volunteer effort that supports the open-source Arduino community. There are no "Arduino employees", everyone who answers your question is a volunteer.
- We are happy to help you with student assignments, but not to do your assignment for you! Many of us in the forum are instructors ourselves, and we wouldn't want you to miss the learning experience.
PS: maybe this, once collectively revised, could be at the top of the forum page, so people do actually read it? Sometimes people don't read stickys