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Post Guide: How to ask a question on the forums
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To improve the chance of getting help on the forums please follow these recommendations when posting a question:
  1. Do your homework first
    • Read the manual, documentation and/or appropriate text-books first. Also check if there is a CFD Wiki FAQ that might contain the answer.
    • Search for similar questions/answers on the forum. Try both the forum search and the site-wide search. Also Google your problem.
    • Try to solve the problem yourself, and describe what you have tried. It is much more rewarding to help someone who has tried himself first.
  2. Post in the right forum, follow sub-forum recommendations, post only once and do not steal threads
    • Make sure that you post your question in the correct sub-forum, and only post your message once and in one forum. Cross-posting is impolite, irritating and forbidden.
    • Several sub-forums have very active senior users that have written their own guidelines. When you have identified the right forum to post your question to please be sure to check for a sticky post that contains additional, sub-forum specific, "How to get help" suggestions.
    • Do not post replies to old threads asking your own question. Start your own new thread instead. Hi-jacking other peoples threads is against the Forum Rules and irritates everyone.
  3. Use a short and descriptive title
    • The title is the only part of your message that most visitors will see, so make sure that a reader can understand the important part of your question only from reading the title. If needed also state the code / version used.
    • Do not use titles like "Need help", "IMPORTANT", "Problem", "URGENT". Stating the obvious or using all-CAPS just irritates people and does not make volunteers more willing to help you.
  4. Include enough details, preferably also pictures
    • Write a comprehensive question that includes enough details to understand your problem without having to ask complementary questions. Include important settings, source code or software used, physical reasoning, equations, error messages, ...
    • Write in clear English using punctuation and paragraphs when needed. Preview and proof-read your message before you post it. Clear and well formatted questions always get more answers.
    • Pictures / screen-captures are often better than words, so please take the time to attach pictures to your question.
    • Describe what you have done to try to solve your problem. People are much more willing to help if you show that you have made an effort yourself first.
  5. Give feedback and support our community
    • Please say thanks when someone has helped you and summarize how you finally solved your problem. Everyone here are unpaid volunteers and it is much more fun to help people who show their gratitude. A final note on the solution also helps others with the same problem.
    • Please also take the time to answer other people's questions. We want a community where everyone does their best to help each other.
  6. Etiquette - Follow the forum rules
    • Please review the Forum Rules
    • Be nice, assume and act in good faith and use smileys when making jokes
    • Do not ask questions in private, post your question publicly on the forum so that also other people can learn from the discussions.
    • Write in English, do not cross-post, do not steal/hi-jack other peoples threads, all forms of aggression's and bad language are forbidden. Be nice!
Please do not be afraid to ask questions on the forums. We want questions and no question is too stupid, just please try to follow the advice in this post.

Other good guidelines: If you want to add or modify these recommendations please send an email to webmaster@cfd-online.com or post a reply to this thread.
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