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|Author:||twigletmac [ Fri May 16, 2003 6:17 am ]|
|Post subject:||Before Post Read: General Posting Guidelines|
I'm posting these as general guidelines for users to refer to when posting on the devnet forums. These are not rules, you will not get banned for not following them but you will probably be pointed towards them on a regular basis if you totally ignore them.
GUIDELINES FOR ASKING QUESTIONS
Start Here: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
In a nutshell:
GUIDELINES FOR ANSWERING QUESTIONS
It's always good to remember that it's not just how you ask a question that is important - how you answer a question should be thought out too.
I DISAGREE/THINK THERE'S SOMETHING MISSING
This is the first draft of forum guidelines, if you disagree with them, think my wording's a bit off or have any other comments, please PM me (twigletmac) and I'll take a view on it. Likewise if you think I've missed something off.
|Author:||jason [ Wed Jun 18, 2003 9:00 am ]|
|Post subject:||Why Ask Questions in Public?|
Note, please read this, it's very important, and very true.
Bill Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes wrote:
God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things.
Right now I am so far behind I will never die.
I, like many other people with technical expertise in some topic, regularly read various Usenet newsgroups and mailing lists and try to answer questions for which I know the answer. However, I am also extremely busy with a large number of projects, often including improving the very software that people are asking questions about, and I've found that taking some time to help other people sometimes has the regrettable tendency to add to my total level of pending work. This is sometimes hard for me to deal with, and I'd like to ask for your help in solving this problem.
The problem generally takes the following form: Someone posts a question about something I know something about. I respond in the newsgroup or on the mailing list with some suggestions or possibly some questions. In response, the person mails me directly (rather than responding in the newsgroup or mailing list) with the answers and with other questions. Occasionally the problem takes another, related form: I post about a topic, someone who has a question about that topic reads my posts and thinks I sound knowledgable, and they send me e-mail asking me questions.
I understand why people do this. Often they view newsgroups and mailing lists as giant, impersonal places and want to get out of them as soon as they can, and as soon as they find someone who can answer their questions, they latch on to that person and want to interact with them directly. I'm sure that they don't understand that this behavior causes problems for the person of whom they're asking questions.
Unfortunately, it does cause problems at least for me. I receive several hundred e-mail messages a day, including messages that are critical to my job and must be responded to quickly. It's already difficult for me to keep up with all of them, and these additional questions add to the load. Please remember that I'm not being paid to give technical support, and I may have only had a few moments inbetween other projects to post the public message you saw. Now, once you've sent me e-mail, I feel some obligation to answer it, it adds to the (often long) list of unanswered messages in my inbox that I feel guilty about, and in general it tends to add stress to my life.
Even worse, by mailing me directly rather than answering your question in public you have robbed yourself of many other valuable resources: all of the other readers of the newsgroup or mailing list. I'm almost never the sole technical expert on whatever topic you need help with, but by mailing me directly you've put all of the onus of answering your question on me personally. You haven't given those of us who can answer your question the opportunity to share the load among us and provide better (and peer-reviewed!) answers.
By asking questions in private, you've also robbed those people who come after you with the same question of benefiting from the answer that you receive. Newsgroups are archived, and frequently mailing lists are as well. Many people search those archives for answers to their questions before they ask. The more questions and answers we can get into those archives, the more the general searchable base of knowledge grows for everyone else working in the same area.
So please, unless you have a question that only I can answer for some reason, ask it in public on a newsgroup or mailing list. I'm more likely to be in a question-answering mood when I encounter your question, you're giving more people the chance to help you, you're helping all the people who come after you that have the same question, and you won't be contributing to the problem that many of us have in keeping up with our private e-mail. You're even likely to get a better answer, and could spark a discussion of your problem that would give far more information than you would have gotten out of any one individual.
Thank you for making it easier to help you with your problem.
This article was originally found here:
It was graciously put into the public domain.
Two other good links include:
Why Questions Go Unanswered
How to Report Bugs Effectively
|Author:||jason [ Sun Sep 21, 2003 7:34 pm ]|
Before posting, look here:
Tutorials Section on these Forums
|Author:||twigletmac [ Mon Oct 20, 2003 2:46 am ]|
|Post subject:||PHP Version and Configuration|
When you post it is almost always useful for you to provide some basic information about how PHP is setup. The following code snippet (provided by JAM) when run will display information which would be useful for you to provide in your question. This will enable us to help you better.
echo 'PHP Version: '.phpversion()."\n";
echo 'Display Errors: '.(ini_get('display_errors') == '1' ? 'On' : 'Off')."\n";
echo 'Error Level: '.(ini_get('error_reporting') == '2047' ? 'E_ALL' : 'Not E_ALL')."\n";
echo 'Register Globals: '.(ini_get('register_globals') == '' ? 'Off' : 'On')."\n";
PHP Version: 4.3.4RC2-dev
Display Errors: On
Error Level: E_ALL
Register Globals: Off
|Author:||m3mn0n [ Fri Mar 19, 2004 11:20 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Before Post Read: General Posting Guidelines|
In a nutshell:
These are by far the most important, and I'd like to stress that fact since I've not been seeing many people do research before posting.
Please help us help you better.
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