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This page lists the good practices while using Ask Fedora:

Please feel free to add more points to the list. If you need to discuss something with the forum moderators, give feedback at Ask Fedora, or find us at #ask-fedora-ops on Freenode!

Purpose

Ask Fedora is set up to help users when they run into trouble while using their Fedora system. It is not meant to be a forum where we tutor users on Linux/Fedora/web development/blah blah. For these common questions, you need to Google, read your man pages and the plethora of blogs/howtos that the internet is full of.

List

  • Search before you post: Search the interweb and then Ask Fedora itself before posting your question.
  • If you have more than one question, post them separately: Do not write a post that says “many Fedora questions” and ask them all together. You’re to ask each question separately.
  • Frame a question: It's Ask Fedora after all.
  • Write English: At the moment, we do not have support for different languages in Ask Fedora. It's a feature that will be added in the future. Please write complete words and not SMS lingo here ("please", not "PLS"). This is not messaging, there is no shortage of space. Please use single, correct punctuations. "!!!" doesn't mean anything.
  • Ask good questions: Here’s a great post that tells you how to ask good questions
  • Provide information about to help people help you better: People can't help you if you do not provide specific information on the issue you face. Some commands and logs that you should look for information to provide with your questions:
    • lsusb: Information on USB devices
    • lspci: Information on PCI devices
    • dmesg: Kernel messages
    • uname -a: Current running kernel
    • /var/log/Xorg.0.log: X server errors, for example when you don't get a display on boot
    • /var/log/messages: Kernel and more common errors
    • ~/.xsession-errors: User session errors
    • /var/log/pm-suspend.log: Suspend/resume logs
    • Google: All of the above logs and commands can be learned from the internet.
  • Use the tools: When you want to post information along with your question, please use the tools, such as quoting, code snippet etc. If folks can’t read your questions, they cannot answer them.
  • Use correct tags: Make use of existing tags instead of adding new ones. This increases the visibility of your question. Remember that tags are without spaces, so “fedora16″ is not the same as “fedora 16″. The latter actually breaks up into two separate tabs “fedora” and “16″ which is illogical.
  • Is that an answer?: Only post answers when you're providing a solution to the asked question. For everything else, comment on the appropriate question/answer. Having a thread of conversation as answers just confuses people looking for information. Use comments. Only post an answer when you have one.
  • Go through the sticky posts!
  • Subscribe to questions you ask/answer/comment: A lot of answered questions are not marked so because the original asker hasn’t cared to follow up!
  • Reward your helpers: This is most important. Mark answers as correct, vote up a good question, vote down a bad one, comment for queries. This will make it a better, more knowledgeable forum. Use your votes!. Do not rename the question to add a "Solved" tag. Just pick the answer you like as the correct one instead.
  • If you see someone not using the forum correctly, point it out: Comment telling the person what he’s doing wrong. I periodically make corrections to posts, but it isn’t really enjoyable.
  • Do not take offence at being down voted: Down voting implies that someone doesn't think your answer is good enough, or complete. This isn't personal at all. What this actually means is that you have the opportunity to learn something new. Please do not take offence if your answer is down voted. It's how the forum is designed to work.
  • Last but not least be polite and refrain from ranting: Ranting makes people not want to help you. There isn't anything else to it. If you're polite, folks will want to help you.

Page owner

Ankur Sinha 'FranciscoD'