Aug 28, 2014 10:05 AM|AidyF|LINK
> 2. I get this error, please help it's urgeeeeeeent. no details.
Think yourself lucky you *get* an error :D
A lot of the above comes down to moderation I guess, how much time and resources are available for it, and what the "culture" of moderation is....sometimes it is very relaxed and hands-off, sometimes more rigid. I'm guess the style here is more relaxed.
I appreciate your frustrations, a lot of what you say frustrates me too, and no doubt others. Not a lot you can do really. What generally tends to make me go for Alt-F4 are where questioners show zero academic ability, as if you don't have academic ability
you are wasting your time trying to be a programmer. If you can't google an error message, or google "how to send email from asp.net" then you might as well be asking "how do I get a job more suited to my abilities". Then there are the people who don't want
to learn, they just want you to do their job\homework. At the end of the day, though, it's up to us if we want to answer a question or not. If you want to help that person doing a student management system that is obviously homework, or someone who posts
their requirement that has clearly come from a job spec they are getting paid to do, then that's up to you. If you don't then that's cool too.
An official, concise list of FAQs that can be dished out, or maybe auto-posted (especially with certain keywords in the post like email, gmail, pdf, interop, "back button", "not of the required format" and so on) would be handy - especially if it contained
not only help and sample code for common issues, but info regarding how you can diagnose your own issues via browser tools, debugging in Visual Studio etc. Templates for questions might work too, with explicit sections for "if you get an error message paste
it here", "paste here exactly the line of code that throws the error", "Enter the steps you have already taken to resolve the issue", "If the solution involves a third party object are you only interested in free solutions?", "Are you looking to implement
this via ajax for form submissions?" - maybe even a dropdown that lets the asker select their experience level, like "Student needing help with coursework", "Developer looking for someone to do my work for me", "Professional developer but stuck on this issue...yes
I've turned it off and on again, yes I've googled it" The exact wording might need some minor tweaking, but you get the gist :)
I like the comment system as I think questions with no answers are more likely to get help, and I'm sometimes loathe to post simply asking for more information as it means the thread is going to get less attention over all. Being able to comment, or post
but mark the post as "don't consider this an answer" would help.