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This page lists the good practices while using Askfedora:

Please feel free to add more points to the list. If you need to discuss something with the forum moderators, give feedback at askfedora, or find us at #ask-fedora-ops on Freenode!


  • Search before you post: Search the interweb and then askfedora itself before posting your question.
  • If you have more than one question, post them separately: Do not write a post that says “many fedora questions” and ask them all together. You’re to ask each question separately.
  • Frame a question: This is most baffling. It’s called ASKfedora, yet most of the queries are not in interrogative form. And yes, questions end in question marks.
  • Ask good questions: Here’s a great post that tells you how to ask good questions
  • Provide information about to help people help you better: People can't help you if you do not provide specific information on the issue you face. Some commands and logs that you should look for information to provide with your questions:
    • lsusb: Information on USB devices
    • lspci: Information on PCI devices
    • dmesg: Kernel messages
    • uname -a: Current running kernel
    • /var/log/Xorg.0.log: X server errors, for example when you don't get a display on boot
    • /var/log/messages: Kernel and more common errors
    • ~/.xsession-errors: User session errors
    • /var/log/pm-suspend.log: Suspend/resume logs
    • Google: All of the above logs and commands can be learnt from the internet.
  • Use the tools: When you want to post information along with your question, please use the tools, such as quoting, code snippet etc. If folks can’t read your questions, they cannot answer them.
  • Use correct tags: Make use of existing tags instead of adding new ones. This increases the visibility of your question. Remember that tags are without spaces, so “fedora16″ is not the same as “fedora 16″. The latter actually breaks up into two separate tabs “fedora” and “16″ which is illogical.
  • Is that an answer?: Only post answers when you're providing a solution to the asked question. For everything else, comment on the appropriate question/answer. Having a thread of conversation as answers just confuses people looking for information. Use comments. Only post an answer when you have one.
  • Go through the sticky posts!
  • Subscribe to questions you ask/answer/comment: A lot of answered questions are not marked so because the original asker hasn’t cared to follow up!
  • Reward your helpers: This is most important. Mark answers as correct, vote up a good question, vote down a bad one, comment for queries. This will make it a better, more knowledgeable forum. Use your votes!. Do not rename the question to add a "Solved" tag. Just pick the answer you like as the correct one instead.
  • If you see someone not using the forum correctly, point it out: Comment telling the person what he’s doing wrong. I periodically make corrections to posts, but it isn’t really enjoyable.
  • Last but not least be polite and refrain from ranting: Ranting makes people not want to help you. There isn't anything else to it. If you're polite, folks will want to help you.

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