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Some things to think about/do before you post (this applies to most of the forums on the site)
Keep in mind, this is to help you get your questions across clearly so we can better help you:
- Before you post, do a search in the appropriate forum for your problem. You may find the solution in a previous thread. The value of this is that there may already be several replies with good information on your question.
- If the solution to your problem is not found in a previous thread, then start a new thread in the appropriate forum. Do -NOT- start a thread in one forum, then cross post in another forum in an effort to increase your chances for a quick reply. If you mistakenly post in the wrong forum, don't worry. The mods will be more than happy to move your post to the appropriate forum.
- After you have typed out your question, please take advantage of the preview feature to correct any spelling/grammatical/punctuation errors. Re-read your post three or four times and try to make it as clear and concise as you possibly can. The better we can understand what you're trying to get help with, the quicker we can help you. If it's difficult to explain the problem in words, attach a screenshot if at all possible.
- Do not be rude with those who are trying to help you. Everyone gets a little frustrated, sometimes even quite a bit frustrated, when they have a computer problem that they don't understand and can't solve. We've all been there, and we'll all be there many times in the future. It's part of owning a computer. Just be patient with us, and eventually, your problem will get solved. Posting another message within a short interval, whining that "nobody wants to help me," will not improve your results. Everyone loses their cool at one time or another when they're frustrated, but if it happens enough, you'll find that most people won't even want to try to help you.
- Make use of the links at the top of the forums. If you read through the links and the FAQs, and still can't find the answer to your question, we'll be more than happy to help you. If you post a simple question that's plainly answered in one of the links at the top of the forum, you'll more than likely get a prompt answer of "read the FAQ" and that'll be the end of that. If you make an effort to help yourself by doing this, we'll be more enthusiastic about helping you solve your problem. Those links are at the top of the forums for a reason. Site members have spent their time putting together the FAQs and links to better help you. Make use of them.
- A simple "thanks" is all most people will ask for if their solution worked for you.
---From a post by Carrie
last modified: 2007-08-25 08:47:05