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Dealing with questions that could do with some HowToAskQuestionsOnJavaRanch love

 
Martijn Verburg
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Hi all,

This is a great community and I pretty much intend to stay and help out as much as possible (and of course learn a good deal myself!). Having responded to a fair number of topics in the last week or so I've noticed that 80% of the questions really could do with some of the points raised by the HowToAskQuestionsOnJavaRanch FAQ.

What's the std/polite way to deal with this? A PM to the user or just a mention of the link as part of a reply post? I guess I'm trying to avoid being the pedantic Gramps on the porch at the Ranch

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I'll also be adding the link to my sig shortly
 
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Yea, the FAQ's cover a lot, but if everyone Searched First, the Ranch would have a lot less traffic, and I'd be out of a virtual job.
My personal policy is if I can answer the question as-is, I'll just let the "infraction" slide. We don't need to scare off potential contributors by being the Java version of the Grammar Nazi
If there's some gaping holes in the scenario, like the poster mentions an exception but doesn't include the stack trace or tells a long story with no code to back it up, I'll link the relevant portion of the FAQ with a friendly reminder that the better question they ask, the more help we can be.
And, as always, Be Nice.
 
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Thanks Joe, that seems a pretty sensible way to deal with it. Right, back to Today's Topics I go!
 
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