How to Get Your Question Answered in 10 Easy Steps

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Danls92, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Danls92

    Danls92 Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    Here area couple thoughts to help people get a response to their questions.

    Please rep if you feel this deserves it

    1) Post a descriptive title.
    OMG HELP!!!!11!! doesn't let anybody know what you actually need, and they will more than likely skip over it. Everybody has their strength in a certain area, and if they see that you need help with something they are good at, they are more likely to look at your question.

    2) Give Details
    There are dozens of threads with people saying something like "My iPod doesn't work." Make sure to tells us everything that could be relevant. That includes:

    - Firmware Version
    - iTunes Version
    - Operating System
    - Any error messages/ wierd sounds you are getting
    - When the problem started
    - If it started after you did something

    3) Use Proper Grammar
    Nothing turns people off from reading a post more than not being able to tell what you are saying. While abreviations are ok, make sure that it is easily readable. If people give up reading before the end of your post, they will more than likely not answer your question.

    4) Use Paragraphs
    One huge block of text is almost as hard as people that insist on ignoring punctuation and using numbers in their words. Space out you are saying, and make sure that it is readable.

    5) Be Concise
    While giving details is good, giving too many is bad. For instance, we don't care what you ate for breakfast, how much your brother can bench, or if your dog just barked the alphabet. Make sure that everything in your post is related to your thread.

    6) Search!
    Before you post anything, search. This will not only answer your question, but it will also keep you from getting 20 comments that all say "you should have searched."

    7) Post in the Correct Sub-forum
    Before you make a thread, look through all of sub-forums and decide which one it best fits into. Be as specific as you possibly can. A post about ROMs in the Themes forum will only lead to flaming.

    8)Don't be Demanding
    Another thing that turns people off from helping you is if you demand their help. Keep in mind that you are asking these people to take the time to help you out, you should be polite and appreciative. Don't flame if somebody gives you the wrong answer, they were just trying to help.

    9)Be Knowledgeable About the Topic
    You should have at least a little knowledge about the problem, that way when people answer your question, you understand what they are saying. For instance, if you have a SSH problem, make sure you know how to use SSH.

    10) Be Patient
    This isn't a chat room, it is a forum. Sometimes it takes time. Don't expect to refresh the page and have 100 posts. If you post at an odd hour, or during school hours make sure you wait a while. Don't bump your post ever minute, and don't flame people for not responding, it will only make them less likely to help you out.
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  2. skyline_-

    skyline_- New Member

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    hai.

    nicely.

    done.
  3. ZombieKiller

    ZombieKiller Banned

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    And as always... this will not be read...

    Really really nice though, it will help some people out.
  4. xM45x

    xM45x New Member

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    Great job. As the guy who posted above me said, this is great but will probably go unread by major noobies. Any ways good job and HOPEFULLY this will go read
  5. Manic Nimrod

    Manic Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    Number 6 should be number 1
  6. Danls92

    Danls92 Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    You guys think this deserves a sticky?
  7. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    Yes, but not in this subforum. It doesn't feel like it should be in this subforum for some reason. Maybe Mods, but I don't know. Just leave it here, imo.
  8. Apple Guy

    Apple Guy Well-Known Member

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    Sticky it!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Whosthatrandom

    Whosthatrandom New Member

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    11) Be female and attractive

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  10. inatightspot

    inatightspot New Member

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    If it's a question, use this ---> ? in the title.
    at present -ziphone 16gb 1.1.4 jailbreak!!!!!!
    - is actually a question/request on this forum.

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