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    Sep 2000

    FAQs Usage and Submission Guidelines

    This forum is for FAQs -- Frequently Asked/Answered Questions

    You can submit new FAQs; however, be aware that they need to follow the format as described below. Additionally, this is a fully moderated forum, which means that posts must be approved before they are displayed.

    Also note that questions without answers should not be posted on this forum. Use the non-FAQ forums to post your general questions. Additionally, if an item in the FAQ is not clear, then there are two options.
    1. If you do not know/understand the FAQ item, send a private message (PM) to Sonu, Gabriel, Andreas or myself, asking for clarification on an item and providing a link to it. This is not a means to get answers for your questions, it's just to let us know that there is a "problem".
    2. If you think it's unclear and you know how to make it clearer, just reply to the thread. We will review your answer and most probably just post it straight to the FAQ.

    If you want to add something new to the FAQ, then please follow these guidelines:
    1. The question has to be concise and self-explaining.
    2. Identify the domain the question (and answer) belong to. Like for example "C++ language" or "Richedit" etc. Put this in front of the question in the post's title.
    3. Try to provide a clear answer to the question.
    4. Answers that are short and precise are very welcome. Answers which go into the details and provide a good explanation are nice bonus.

    To submit a new FAQ item, simply click on "Create New Thread" in this forum, post your question and answer and we'll review and post it.

    A big thanks to all who participate!

    P.S. Because it is moderated, this forum will fully support HTML and images.
    Brad! Jones,
    LotsOfSoftware, LLC

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    Sep 2000

    Before you post....

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    Select NEW THREAD () to post a NEW question.

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    Your subject line will impact how well your question is answered. Your subject line should indicate the topic you are asking or commenting about. Here are some suggestions:

    • Be concise.

    • If you can do it in just a few words, ask a question or state the topic of your question.

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    • Don't simply say "help". It is assumed that if you ask a question, you want help.

    • If your subject line isn't concise or doesn't indicate a specific topic, many people will skip your posting.

    Your Posting
    Just as important to your subject line is the posting or question itself.

    • Be concise, however...

    • Make sure you ask a question if you want an answer.

    • Make sure your provide enough details. For example, if you ask a database question, it might be necessary to include the database you are accessing.

    • Make sure your question fits within the category you are posting. Posting a Visual Basic question in the Visual C++ forum will result in a lower chance for an answer.

    • Use real grammer. If you use things like "u r gr8", you are going to be seen as unprofessional. Worse, many of the people who speak English as a second language may not understand what you are saying -- and thus won't be able to response.

    • If you want to make a personal response back to someone, use private messages instead of responding in the public forum. Private Messages can be sent with the PM button.

    Most of the forums will allow you to add an attachment. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. If you are going to include an attachment to your post consider the following:

    • Do you really need an attachment? If providing the attachment doesn't add to your question, then don't include it. Most people won't look at an attachment. If your attachment is a short code listing, then you are better to include the code (or a snippet of your code) in your message rather than as an attached file.

    • What files do you really need to attach? Granted, it is a zip file that you will most likely attach; however, what files do you really need to include? In most cases, you will only need the .h and .cpp files for C++ and VC++ files. In VB you will only need the forms and coding files. If there are files that are not needed, then don't include them. Executable files are typically not needed.

    • Many people use mobile devices. Larger attachments will be avoided because they take too long to download. In general, you should try to keep your attachments under 100k.

    Including Code
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    If you want to create a test post or simply experiment with formatting and posting features, then go to the Testing forum. You can do test posts in that forum.

    A special note about Homework
    We have an FAQ about homework questions. If your question is related to a homework assignment, then read this FAQ. It will help you, help yourself!

    Also feel free to read the F.A.Q.s for the site by clicking the FAQ link.

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    If you have suggestions for changes or updates to this announcement, send a PM to Brad Jones

    Brad! Jones,
    LotsOfSoftware, LLC

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