How to ask a question efficiently in TechNet forum RRS feed

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  • Thank you for visiting the TechNet forums. Online problem solving can be relatively time consuming because it may demand several messages back and forth to fully understand the symptom and background, especially at the very beginning. Here are a few suggestions that help you get the best answer to your question as quickly as possible.


    When You Ask

    1. Selecting a good title which summarizes the specific problem you have.It will be the one of the main driving forces for others to want to actually read your item. Choosing a badly-formatted title will drive people away, thinking that since the title is so badly written, so must be the information and the question within the thread.

    2. Provide all the necessary information in your initial post. The following information would be very helpful:
                    - Symptom description: Detailed description of the problem. If you receive any error messages, please let us know the exact error WORD BY WORD.
                    - Environment: The system environment, such as your OS/application version, your network topology, and your domain environment, etc.
                    - Any recent relevant configuration change(s): If the issue started to occur after installing any application/updates or changing the configuration, please let us know.
                    - Any additional information. Tell what you have done prior to asking your question. This will help us understand that you've done so far.

    3. Write in a clear language. Avoid spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Don't type IN ALL CAPS, which in most cases is read as shouting and considered rude.

    4. Keep with the same thread. Do not refer to a post you made last year, and above all, Please come back. There are hundreds and thousands of posts where we have seen people given great and wonderfully long answers yet no reply from the original poster.

    5. Be courteous to reply, even if it's to say. "I've given up" or thanks that worked. (This helps the whole community when you do this, and makes the people who donate time, warm and fuzzy.)


    When answered

    Give Positive Feedback. Once you've received a correct answer to your question, either from a Microsoft employee, an MVP, or the community in general, please reply that the issue or question has been answered. And if possible mark the solution as answered: This step is important, since it lets other people benefit from your posts.

    • Edited by Max Meng Friday, October 21, 2011 2:38 AM
    • Edited by David Wolters Friday, October 21, 2011 2:46 PM again
    Friday, October 21, 2011 2:30 AM

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  • Well, I have a really dumb question...

    How do I most a new thread on this forum?  I do not see a "New Thread" button anywhere....

    Thank you very much....


    Thursday, March 29, 2012 3:38 PM
  • The  button near the top of the page, next to the search box that says 'Ask a question in the forums' would be what you are after.

    Friday, March 30, 2012 2:04 PM