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Asking questions effectively is an art. Everytime you don't get satisfying answers to your questions, you should first ask yourself whether you could improve the way you asked them.

  • ShowSomeEffort
  • SearchFirst
  • CarefullyChooseOneForum
  • EaseUp
  • PatienceIsAVirtue
  • UseAMeaningfulSubjectLine
  • NotACodeMill
  • DoYourOwnHomework
  • SearchingForSolutionsHasRepercussions
  • TellTheDetails
  • AvoidRedHerrings
  • IsolateTheProblem
  • PostRealCode
  • UseOneThreadPerQuestion
  • UseRealWords
  • KeepItDown
  • UseCodeTags (and DontWriteLongLines)
  • UseTheForumNotEmail
  • RespectYourCoranchersPrivacy
  • HowToCopyEnvironmentVariables
  • QuoteYourSources
  • BeForthrightWhenCrossPostingToOtherSites
  • NoNeedToSaySorry
  • SayThanks
  • ItDoesntWorkIsUseless
  • FixAllCompilerErrorsBeforeRunningTheApplication
  • PostTextNotScreenshots
  • YourRanchSignature

  • The flipside of asking questions, of course, is answering them. Here are some things to keep in mind when posting answers: HowToAnswerQuestionsOnJavaRanch

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  • has a lot of tips similar to the above, with elaborate explanations.

  • Note: Do not send Java questions to the authors of these documents! If you do, they will flame you and you will deserve it.
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