A guide to Posting in Help
It's been pointed out that the help section can be a scary place to post in. People get tired of the same questions over and over again and they get tired of people telling them to use the search function when they did and etc. It came up that there should be a guide to posting in help, so here it is. The first part is on asking questions in help and the second is on answering questions in help.!
Posts that break DragCave Forum Rules
or the DragCave Terms of Service
may be deleted at any time without warning or explanation.Asking
Whether you joined the site and forum five seconds ago or two years ago, the FAQ
is the first place to start in looking for your answer. I update date it pretty regularly with questions I see floating about often in the help section.
If you don't see the answer in there, the next step is to search the help forum for your answer. The FAQ has a guide to using the search feature, to help cut down on pages of random search queries. The Help section is also kept clean and small, so it's not that hard to just peek at the titles of the threads to see if your question has already been asked.
If you still don't see your answer, it's time to ask, either in the Tiny Little Questions thread
or creating your own topic. When creating your own topic, make sure that the title of your thread is informative and gives users some idea as to what you're asking. This way, if someone else has the same question later, they can use the search function and more easily find your thread and their answer, and when people are browsing help to see what questions they can answer, they'll know right away or not if there's a chance they can answer your question.
If something new comes up in your question or problem and no one has posted in your topic yet, please edit rather than double posting. The edit button is found near the top of all your posts. If your question has not been answered 24 hours later, then you may bump your topic up. Fortunately, people are pretty good at quickly answering questions in the help section, so it's rare that you'll need to bump your topic.
Once your question has been answered, it is perfectly fine to thank those who helped you. It helps me know that it's okay to close your question as answered. Topics get closed so that they can be cleaned out automatically (for a smaller help section to make it easier to find answers) and so that users with the same question can easily read through the topic to find their answer. If you have another question, it's perfectly fine to create a new topic for it, especially if your previous topic has been closed.
If you have lots of questions and need more help figuring out this game and the forum, you may want to look into getting a mentor
. They can give you more attention and individual help. Yes, it's fine to post your questions here in help, and if you feel more comfortable doing that, please don't feel afraid to. Just know that there are mentors out there who can spend lots of time giving you good information on this game.
Near the top of all posts is a report button. If another user is being rude to you or snapping at you, please report them to let a moderator deal with it, and then ignore them.Answering
Please keep in mind that answering questions in the help section is completely voluntary. If a question annoys or frustrates you, walk away from it. As per board rules
, politeness is a must. It's not a very welcoming environment to come try to ask a question and get snapped at. Name calling, sighing that a topic has been answered before, calling a question stupid, and etc. would all be considered rudeness.
Tone is hard to tell over the internet. While you may not mean to come off as rude and are simply being blunt instead or may not mean to come off as condescending, that is in the eye of the beholder. We can't read body language or hear your tone, so it's always a good idea to read back over your post as if it were someone else answering your question. Would you be okay with having that answer directed at you? If not, you should re-write it a bit. If so, it's probably fine to post. Don't be afraid to sticky a smiley in your post, either, as they can help in place of body language.
Questions often do come up more than once in help before the topic is cleaned out, and so it's important that when a person searches through a topic to find their answer, they don't have to wade through spam. If you don't know the answer to a question, move on rather than posting. Saying that you have no idea doesn't help answer the question and it doesn't help people searching the topic for their answer.
If the topic is about a problem or glitch, it's okay to say "I'm also experiencing this", but please try to keep these replies down to just a few people. This way we know that this is a common problem, and we don't create a thread with ten pages of people just re-stating they have the same problem.
Chatting is spam and doesn't help answer questions. Please take chatting to PMs, the CPA thread in games, or the IRC. Chatting in a thread also makes it harder for users to come in and see what the question is, if it's been answered yet, or if a new problem has arisen.
It's great that so many people want to answer questions! However, in help, we often have the problem of ten people repeating the same answer over and over again. Piling the same answers upon each other spam the topic, make it harder to see if there's more to be expanded upon in someone else's answer, and can make people bog through many replies of the same thing. I understand being ninja'd (having someone else answer the question before you do without your knowledge), as I've been ninja'd quite a few times, but if you look back on the topic and see that someone answered before you did and you're adding no new information, please delete your answer.
Now, if you see a question has been answered already, but you have more information to add, please do so. It may help answer future questions users may come up with or have.
I know that sometimes duplicate topics and even spam topics pop up in help. While it is fine for one person to post a link to the original topic, posting "duplicate" or "spam" or even "reported" is also spam and can also start drama. If a topic needs to be closed for whatever reason, please just report it to a moderator and let us do our jobs. In the case of drama, it's easy for things to get out of hand, and posting to "tell off a troll" or whatnot usually just starts more drama.
Reporting can also be used for answered questions. If you notice that an OP has gotten their answer, it also helps to report the thread as answered so I can close it.This post has been edited by SockPuppet Strangler on Dec 15 2012, 10:54 PM