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Ok so here is our java posting manual part 1:
  • Make sure you are posting in the correct forum. Remember java != javascript.
  • Use specific, meaningful subject-oriented headers for your posts (Preferably short).
  • Be specific about your problem. Post the error or stacktrace if available.
  • Post your own attempts at solving the problem using code tags if code is available. For JSP code use HTML code tags.
  • Don't ask people to reply by email or follow up questions using private messages.
  • It does not hurt to be polite. Also acknowledge when you are helped. Someone else might want to know if the solution given you helped you.
Having said all that, do not be afraid to ask questions. The key is to try to be as truthful and accurate as possible in your questions and to show that you are willing to put in as much effort as the people you want to help you are putting.
Good luck in posting your questions.
Nov 30 '06 #1
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Here is the second and final part of our java forum posting guidelines
dealing with responding to questions posted in this forum.
  • Be patient with learners (I detest the word newbie).Remember we are all learning one thing or another.
  • Always try to assist the OP in solving their problems in such a manner that they also benefit from the exercise.
  • Do not hesitate to point out better methods or technologies (if available) than the ones being used by the OP.
  • Do not offer programming help through emails or private messages. Help offered on the forum is better because it benefits everyone else facing similar problems.
  • Always post post code (even one line of it) inside code tags.
I hope with these we can make thescripts a valuable source of help for programmers. Finally let me thank everyone giving help in this forum. You are doing a great job guys all of you.
Dec 14 '06 #2

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[list][*]Always try to assist the OP in solving their problems in such a manner that they also benefit from the exercise.[*]Do not hesitate to point out better methods or technologies (if available) than the ones being used by the OP.
Just to clarify, OP means Original Poster i.e. the person with the problem originally.

Also, I'd like to clarify that when a person asks for help, they want help in understanding the problem. Posting the completed program code, writing any part of the code for that person, and anything beyond explaining concepts or useful tools does not help that person learn and, thus, violates the first quoted rule. I know that I'm here to help, not to aid people in cheating on their homework.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't try and write the solution yourself. i've found that I can help someone a lot better and help them understand the ideas if I have a thorough understanding of the program, and you can't get more thorough than having completed. Just don't give them the answer - help them to discover the answer on their own.
Dec 14 '06 #3

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Just to clarify, OP means Original Poster i.e. the person with the problem originally.

Also, I'd like to clarify that when a person asks for help, they want help in understanding the problem. Posting the completed program code, writing any part of the code for that person, and anything beyond explaining concepts or useful tools does not help that person learn and, thus, violates the first quoted rule. I know that I'm here to help, not to aid people in cheating on their homework.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't try and write the solution yourself. i've found that I can help someone a lot better and help them understand the ideas if I have a thorough understanding of the program, and you can't get more thorough than having completed. Just don't give them the answer - help them to discover the answer on their own.
Thanks Ganon for explaining better. You are guys are a great help.
Dec 14 '06 #4

Atli
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Hi

Not trying to be a pain but I've always found the best way to learn is to study code made by others.
I'd acctually prefer a code snippet over a concept explanation any day of the week.

Not that I want ppl writing my code for me... where's the fun in that :)


Just to clarify, OP means Original Poster i.e. the person with the problem originally.

Also, I'd like to clarify that when a person asks for help, they want help in understanding the problem. Posting the completed program code, writing any part of the code for that person, and anything beyond explaining concepts or useful tools does not help that person learn and, thus, violates the first quoted rule. I know that I'm here to help, not to aid people in cheating on their homework.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't try and write the solution yourself. i've found that I can help someone a lot better and help them understand the ideas if I have a thorough understanding of the program, and you can't get more thorough than having completed. Just don't give them the answer - help them to discover the answer on their own.
Jan 19 '07 #5

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Please note that these guidelines are now superseded by the guidelines given in the Posting Guidelines FAQ

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