How to get response in online forums

Jack Vinson post that information acquisition needs context.

This reminds me about some simple rules I throught about some years ago to get the most out of participation in online forums. This was a time before blogs.  And most of the online forums I participated in were for resolution of technical problems:

  1. Be polite. Most people appreciate a “please” and “thank you”.
  2. Be concise. Get to the point, don’t waffle.
  3. Be thorough. State all relevant information such as the steps you’ve taken to resolve your problem.
  4. Respond.

What other guidelines would you adopt?

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