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« Thread started on: Oct 15th, 2006, 3:57pm »

How to Get Help

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Most importantly, do not post a message subject: "HELP!!!!"

What is your question? Does it concern colors, logic, creating an EXE, file operations, radio buttons? Who knows? Next week, will you be able to find a reply to your post, what topic thread will you search for? If you search for "HELP!!!!" (with or without the exclamation points), you will find hundreds of posts by similar people who don't know how to include a descriptive subject!

Your subject should include a topic:
	Input From a File
Sort an Array
Image Animation
Files for Output
Serial Communications
Custom Colors
Passwords
ad infinitum...

If your subject is short, but descriptive, anyone can look at the topic and decide if they can help you, or find a resource which may help you. If a user wants to search the forum posts, they can narrow in on the topic they are seeking. If a user wants to point new user to a topic, they can find the topic and post the URL for the new user. You will receive more help by telling people what you're looking for!

In most municipalities, it is illegal to yell "FIRE!" in a crowded theater or auditorium, when no such danger exists. Such irresponsible behavior can create panic and lead to bodily injury, even death! Yelling "HELP!" in the forum is not exactly life threatening, it is simply inconsiderate of other users. Your post may elicit an answer for you, but will it assist other users?

The reply or discussion of your post may be exactly what a new user is seeking, but they'll never find it; how many times have you searched specifically for "HELP!"? Why would anyone else?

When you use a descriptive subject, you are adding to the resource files which can be searched by everyone. If you never post a tip, never write an article for the newsletters or the Articles and Tutorials board, you have at least contributed to the community by providing a post which can be found by the search engine.

Doesn't being helpful and useful give you a warm and fuzzy feeling?

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« Reply #1 on: Oct 15th, 2006, 5:19pm »

Couldnt have said it better myself. grin
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 16th, 2006, 05:47am »

Hopefully more people will follow this, since most forums and usenet groups are suffering from undescriptive subjects cry
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 21st, 2006, 4:11pm »

also i just thought of something, if you title a post HELP! then you might have like alot of people saying stuff like the info Welo just told us. then, newcomers might look at the first page and not actually get to the answer to the post.
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 21st, 2006, 4:31pm »

Most moderate to large communities, but few rural communities, have excellent hospital emergency rooms where I can get first class treatment in the event I shoot myself in the head.

I don't feel inclined to test their resources, simply because they exist. I prefer to use my head instead of shooting myself.
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 15th, 2011, 09:49am »

Sometimes the people who know alot wont help you anyway. They stick their little head in the sky and tell you go and do it the hard way. Sometimes a simple answerr is all some one may need. And to be put down and not get an answer is a usual thing. I use Linux and find it is the case on Ubuntu forums. I am a member on several forums..this is not the only one.
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