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James Barnett39,199 Points
How to ask good questions on the forum
Use a Descriptive Title
Help!!! I'm stuck with CSS on a code challenge
Build a simple website > Code Challenge: Using Classes - Step 2/3
Keep it Short
5 to 10 words is usually a good length for a title.
A descriptive yet to the point title, allows people to read it at a glance while looking through the list of posts.
Give a Link to the Culprit
- If you have having an issue with a code challenge / quiz / video post a link to that
- Mention at what point you ran into trouble
- What step on the code challenge
- What time index during the video
- Which question on the quiz
Show Us Your Code
- If it's PHP use a PHP Playground
- If you are using Ruby, Ruby Fiddle
- If none of that applies, post your code in the forum, identing each line of code 4 spaces
Never used codepen.io before?
Here's a step-by-step guide to creating working examples using codepen
Remember to cateorgize your post
Use Markdown Formatting
Markdown can format:
- (Un)ordered Lists
There's a Markdown Cheatsheet below the text field where you post on the forum.
Amit BijlaniTreehouse Guest Teacher
Thanks James! This is really helpful for everyone. Will see if we can make this post into a sticky.
James Barnett39,199 Points
As much as I love writing about using codepen.io 5 times a day ...
Making this a sticky would rock :)
There seriously needs to be some consistency in the titles. I have been trying to use a generalised approach with titles such as 'Business: I need help regarding x y z' or 'WordPress: Customising the loop to do bibbady bobbady boo'. But this approach is much much better. +1 for this to be sticky like Marmite.
Alex Hedley16,378 Points
Could there be a button added to the code challenge page(s) that says "stuck, need help?" Click on it and it creates a new post in the forum prefilling the above details? Or opens the forum with the given tags that relate to that specific challenge?
Ben JakubenTreehouse Teacher
Great post and great ideas, everyone! Keep them coming as we want this to evolve around everyone's needs!
bill burles3,788 Points
I actually disagree.
Whilst a perfectly formatted and titled post in an ideal world is great to me being this picky stops the natural flow of forums.
I'm on lots of forums social networking etc and often quickly write something, comment etc. If i have to consult the guide each time to make sure i have formatted it 100% or i get flamed i will go elsewhere to somewhere more chilled.
If a post needs this much info maybe its time to look again at the structure of this forum as personally it doesnt work well for me.
If it was an official support desk then yes you need all that but not for a forum.
crap how do i tag this reply..
I agree with Bill. While I think it's great to have tips for asking good questions, I think this is far too strict (dare I say obsessive) and it's unrealistic to expect everyone to adhere to these 'rules' precisely.
I suggest more relaxed tips such as...
- Be specific
- Post your code
I have a dumb question...I can't seem to figure out how to categorize my posting. There is only a spot for one category when I make a question. I see that people have multiple categories...so what am I missing?