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A Few Tips On Posting Messages. Or: How To Get More (And Better) Responses Answered

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1) Make your title meaningful. A lot of people don't have the time to read every message and will just skip over titles that don't make sense - you missed out on someone that might be able to help. As you can see from the title of this thread, it can be pretty long.
. All-caps and lots of exclamation points are counter-productive. I have Zachninme's No K'n* script set to block more than three !s.
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2) If you are having a problem or asking a question, give as much info as possible. Too much is better than not enough. If a responder has to ask a question, it's just that much longer before you get an answer.
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3) If your message is directed at a particular group of people, post in an appropriate group. Some members may not cruise the All forum. It will show up in the All forum automatically, so you get two posts for the price of one.
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4) Spell-check. Learn it; live it. Firefox has a built-in spell-checker that works very well and it's free. Google "free spell checker" for others. You don't have to be perfect, but at least make an effort.
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. Hope this helps. I encourage you to add other tips.
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  • 20080609 - moved to Community:help:FAQs. Added some formatting and link to Zachninme's No K'n* script. Got rid of abbreviations (thanks zieak).

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NachoMahma (author)2008-12-11

. I just use the one built into Firefox. I haven't run into many words it couldn't handle.

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Mr. Rig It (author)2007-09-14

Yep. Right on target. Good post.

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zieak (author)2007-09-14

Try to keep abbreviations to a minimum. Nobody finds "You are.." difficult to read. Some people look for the acronym in "U R" though.

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Brennn10 (author)2007-09-14

Well put! I like your first point about a meaningful title. I am more attracted to descriptive, and meaningful titles. I am usually drawn away from posts like "HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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Goodhart (author)Brennn102007-09-14

At the same time it should be efficient. Concise yet informitive. Not like one like: "I really could use some help with my HS phys science project that is due like tomorrow."

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Goodhart (author)2007-09-13

Something I found out the hard way: Asking if others have used "new technology" the day after it is available to engineers (and not yet to the public) is kind of useless.

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Hoyt (author)2007-08-10

You might add: Us common sense when picking your forum Nom de plume. Nobody is going to take someone named Poopiepants or YourMombitesit very seriously.

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