RE: Misc.: How to ask questions the smart way

Subject: RE: Misc.: How to ask questions the smart way
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: "CEL" <copyediting-l -at- listserv -dot- indiana -dot- edu>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 10:50:12 -0800

Thanks for posting a most excellent reference! I agree with everything
that Eric Raymond says.

I would like to add to his rules:

If you do your homework and see a solution that *you think might* work,
but doesn't apply *exactly* to your problem, and you try it and it
*doesn't* work, don't post a reply that simply says "It doesn't work for
me." No solution works for all problems! And posting that it "doesn't
work for me" lacks information; *prove* that you had *exactly* the same
problem and applied *exactly* the same solution.


Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
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