"how to ask a question" guideline to our forums
Thank you for posting in TechNet forum. The online problem solving can be relatively time consuming because it may demand several messages back and force to fully understand the symptom and background, especially at the very beginning. Here are a few suggestions that help you get the best answer to your question as quickly as possible. When You Ask 1. Selecting a good title which summarizes the specific problem you have. It will be the one of the main driving forces for others to want to actually read your item. Choosing a badly-formatted title will drive people away, thinking that since the title is so badly written, so must be the information and the question within the thread. 2. Provide all the necessary information in your initial post. The following information would be very helpful: - Symptom description: Detailed description of the problem. If you receive any error messages, please let us know the exact error WORD BY WORD. - Environment: The system environment, such as your OS/application version, your network topology, and your domain environment, etc. - Any recent relevant configuration change(s): If the issue started to occur after installing any application/updates or changing the configuration, please let us know. - Any additional information. Tell what you have done prior to asking your question. This will help us understand that you've done so far. 3. Write in a clear language. Avoiding spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Don't type IN ALL CAPS, which in most cases is read as shouting and considered rude. 4. Keep with the same thread. Do not refer to a post you made last year, and above all, Please come back. There are hundreds and thousands of posts where we have seen people given great and wonderfully long answers yet no reply from the original poster. 5. Be courteous to reply, even if it's to say. "I've given up" or thanks that worked. (This helps the whole community when you do this, and makes the people who donate time, warm and fuzzies.) When answered Give Positive Feedback. Once you've received a correct answer to your question, either from a Microsoft employee, an MVP, or the community in general, pleases replies that the issue or question has been answered. And if possible mark the solution as answered: This step is important, since it lets other people benefit from your posts. Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.
October 17th, 2011 10:07pm

This note is helpful, I advocate it must become a popup quiz or a "must read" before even posting an issue to the forum. In my experience the forum visitors most often either neglect to provide the error message(s) or chose to abridge it down to so few words it becomes irrelevant to even read it (the most bolding out example would be omitting error numbers - hex or numeric).Arthur My Blog
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October 30th, 2011 8:24pm

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November 26th, 2011 10:04am

My Favorite is #5 !! I hate when people just gave up and never get back to the question !!! like if they won't do that project anymore !!
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December 5th, 2011 5:57pm

Hello, I want to ask a question in this Forum, but i can not select the Integration Service Forum! Why ?
January 21st, 2012 12:44pm

would you please tell me how to post a question? I don't see any button to add a thread or ask a question. It's really frustrating. and here you just gave tips how to write a good question, but not where to click to post the question????? can we start a thread at all?maggie
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March 15th, 2012 6:14pm

Hi Maggie, Please sign in using your account, then click the button of "Ask a question in the forums" on the top-right corner. Challen Fu TechNet Community Support
March 15th, 2012 9:24pm

I agree with Maggie, Maybe the "ask a question in the forums" should have been placed strategically for e.g. in the centre of page, so that when people come to the forums to post a question, it would be handy. Cheers, Dilip
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April 11th, 2012 11:28pm

Thanks!Tight Line Productions
April 16th, 2012 10:48pm

Challen Fu could you explain how to post a question as it is not clear as to how this is done. Thank you
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April 23rd, 2012 5:56am

Thanks for the help! Life saver :)MedFast Urgent Care
May 9th, 2012 6:28pm

ya jason yousef ,,u are telling right ,i also hate such type of peoples...
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June 5th, 2012 9:02am

Absolutely you are right Mr. Challen Fu...Sivamanikanta. P
June 8th, 2012 2:00pm

This rule is apply on every form or for this form only?
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July 13th, 2012 9:44am

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