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How To Ask Smart Questions!

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    This is mostly for tech-related queries, but it can apply to any message base, BBS, or forum.

    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way,
    by Eric Steven Raymond

    Before You Ask...

    Before asking a technical question by e-mail, or in a newsgroup, or on a website chat board, do the following:

    1. Try to find an answer by searching the archives of the forum you plan to post to.

    2. Try to find an answer by searching the Web.

    3. Try to find an answer by reading the manual.

    4. Try to find an answer by reading a FAQ.

    5. Try to find an answer by inspection or experimentation.

    6. Try to find an answer by asking a skilled friend.

    7. If you're a programmer, try to find an answer by reading the source code.

    When you ask your question, display the fact that you have done these things first; this will help establish that you're not being a lazy sponge and wasting people's time. Better yet, display what you have learned from doing these things. We like answering questions for people who have demonstrated they can learn from the answers.

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    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html