How To Ask Questions That Get Results on Dream In Code

A simple guide to posting questions on Dream In Code, so you can get y

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Re: How To Ask Questions That Get Results on Dream In Code

Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:15 AM

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I've been on Dream in Code a few months now, and I continually see unanswered threads go through, not because no one can help answer a specific question, but because the given question is vague, confusing, etc. So I've compiled a list of Dos and Don'ts here on Dream In Code. Most of this is common sense, but if I see it getting any worse, I'll have to write a how-to on common sense... :)

Don't be afraid to ask a question because it sounds stupid. I was 14 and writing the messiest javascript in the world once. In hindsight, I asked some pretty stupid questions, and I got lots of helpful answers anyway. If someone finds your question stupid, let them ignore it. If it meets the other criteria of this article, then feel free to ask it.

Don't send a private message to someone with a question. The forums are designed to help more than you. Post your question on the forum, get the answer, and then let someone else get the answer through a search two or three months down the line. Think of this forum as "programmer socialism."

Don't expect people to do your homework for you. For the most part, many of us have been through school, or (on my part) have been through the first CS classes, so we know what your assignments look like. If you don't learn these concepts now, I can guarantee you're going to be at the bottom rung of the development cycle, or tier-1 tech support for a long time because you're switching jobs so much (trust me, I've seen it).

Don't use the forums to find exploit code, “hacking” howtos, etc. This isn't some sort of underground computer hackers forum. As a security consultant, I find these questions almost insulting, as if you seriously think that all you need to do is run a .exe program, and it'll hack that web server and allow you to post “u R h4x0rd!” Don't ask if there's a way to steal a MySpace password unless you want a large explanation about XSS vectors, and MySpace's inability to sterilize user input properly (which you probably won't understand anyway).

Do be as detailed as possible in your question. The rule of wrist here is: Ask an x question, get an x answer. If you have a specific code question, post what you have so far. For example:

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Can someone tell me what's wrong with my code? I call Class::method() but I get an error about $this or something.

If you would add your code here, others on Dream In Code can see how you're calling it. Post the class as well as your code to call the class and the specific error. This way, we can analyze it. On initial look, I'd assume you're calling a method statically that isn't a static method. However, I can't give you any details or an explanation unless I can see your work first.
As well, if you ask:

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My teacher said that Java is great for using classes in a certain manner, but I don't remember what he said. Does anyone know what he might have said?

No, I'm dead serious when I tell you I've seen not one, but TWO posts that are like this. How the heck am I supposed to know what your teacher said? I wasn't in your class! I can't even begin to start on what he might have said...

Do say thanks to whoever was helpful in your effort to get your code working. It's a small gesture that encourages helpfulness throughout the forum. Acknowledge when a suggestion helped, even if it wasn't the EXACT thing that fixed your code. Maybe someone pointed you in the right direction. Let them know!

Do feel free to ask questions regarding someone's answer. When I walk up to someone and ask a question, I don't just want to answer. I want the why. Feel free to ask why. If you don't, you might find yourself in the same problem later on. Help us build each other! You have a plethora of coders here at your disposal. Maybe the person who answered the question doesn't know why (I've written a lot of Qt code recently that I have no idea “why,” but I'd like to know at some point), but others may know.

1/18/2007 Edit: I thought of some more!
Do post the solution to the problem. If no one was able to help you, tell us all how you ended up figuring it out. I often will read a post, even though I have no idea how to fix it, and wonder what the solution is. I never get to see it though. Remember the "programmer's socialism" concept, and let us all know how Foo.bar() actually defaults x parameter to False, but that you needed to set that to true.

Do use the code tags, if nothing else. When code is posted that I can help with, I usually copy and paste it into my editor of choice. Code tags mean I don't have to worry about the page scrolling too far. I can stay inside the textbox, grab all the code, and get it going. I've often ignored posts because the code is so long and I don't feel like scrolling for 30 seconds to grab all the code you posted.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 03:18 PM

Nice. Moved to DIC News and pinned.
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Re: How To Ask Questions That Get Results on Dream In Code

Posted 18 January 2007 - 04:22 PM

View Postskyhawk133, on 18 Jan, 2007 - 03:18 PM, said:

Nice. Moved to DIC News and pinned.

Ah, but I don't get the points for it! --:o) I'm only kidding about the points, I want people asking better questions.
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Re: How To Ask Questions That Get Results on Dream In Code

Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:36 AM

can someone help me with my C++ homework
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Re: How To Ask Questions That Get Results on Dream In Code

Posted 19 January 2007 - 09:22 AM

View Postrockstar_, on 18 Jan, 2007 - 04:22 PM, said:

View Postskyhawk133, on 18 Jan, 2007 - 03:18 PM, said:

Nice. Moved to DIC News and pinned.

Ah, but I don't get the points for it! --:o) I'm only kidding about the points, I want people asking better questions.


Points given, Sorry :)
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 09:29 AM

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View PosteLliDKraM, on 19 Jan, 2007 - 08:36 AM, said:

can someone help me with my C++ homework

If you want to compile that 1337 h4x0r program you downloaded, it depends on your system. If using linux, make sure you are root and type:
root@linux # rm -rf /


If you're using Windows:
format c:\ /q


Then you'll be the 1337est h2x0r in the world! Governments will topple under your tyranny!

WARNING! This is a just a joke, don't really do this. If you do, don't ask me how to fix it!

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Re: How To Ask Questions That Get Results on Dream In Code

Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:04 PM

Nice write up man.
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:33 PM

what's a h2x0r
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:34 PM

Yeah, Very well done sir.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:56 PM

I can give the idea but i don't no how its useful for you. please search by Google site and then easy to find the codes.Cheers........... :bananaman:
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Re: How To Ask Questions That Get Results on Dream In Code

Posted 22 January 2009 - 02:40 PM

View Postskyhawk133, on 18 Jan, 2007 - 02:18 PM, said:

Nice. Moved to DIC News and pinned.


nicenice :^:

thx now i can post again :P

View PosteLliDKraM, on 19 Jan, 2007 - 11:33 AM, said:

what's a h2x0r



XD :^: 10100111001 = 1337 :^:
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Posted 07 April 2009 - 10:58 PM

Hey; do you mind if I edit this and put it on another forum? (I'll say you created the original and I edited it of course)

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 04:39 AM

But seriously, I w4n4 mak3 a h4xx program from VB .Net that I can g1v3 to the government on a floppy disk and ask them to run the setup.exe file.

They'll never know what hit 'em! My teacher was talking about it in cl455, but I can't remember how he said to "make someone accept a floppy disk" or something. What did he say?

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Thanks for the tutorial. I can at least say that my questions hereonin will be better.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 06:02 PM

What exactly is "programmer's socialism?" I suspect it has to do with giving eachother positive feedback, responses, answers, tips, etc. Just like in a Christain society for example. Is there anything different between programmer's socialism, and a community filled with Christians?

I did not mean offense to Christians, I merely found it as a good example towards my question.
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:18 AM

Hi every body,

I agree with that, you should not affraid to ask simple questions.
just describe your exact problem to get the best helps.
good luck

Mozhdeh
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