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Forum Posting Rules
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   6 months ago

If you need help, here are the rules for posting questions in the Forums. Please read them. I try to run a quality web site, so anyone who violates the rules will lose posting privileges.

Rule #1: Before posting your question, check to see if it's already been answered. You can use the Search feature to look for keywords. Save me some time having to only point you to another post where your question has already been answered.

Rule #2: Make sure you post exactly what you're doing, what the specific error message is, what you've tried, and any other details we might need to help you. Don't just say, "I get an error." Tell us what the error is and what you're doing. We're not mind readers. I wish. Also, be sure to read this article on Context. It matters!

Rule #3: Links to files or images on other sites are NOT allowed. Don't try posting a link to your database on Dropbox or any other web site. If you have someone specifically offering to help you, you can email them your database. You can upload screen shots here using the Upload Images link provided on comments. Post your question, then you can upload a screen shot.

Rule #4: Before you ask for help in the Access Forum with a WEIRD problem, meaning Access isn't behaving normally, then make sure you run down the Access Troubleshooter which covers solutions to many common problems. If you have a weird problem and you don't say "yes, I ran down the Troubleshooter" then I'm just going to point you there.

Rule #5: I encourage students to help each other out. I love seeing that. However, don't take advantage of someone else's good will and ask to send them your database or call you for free tech support. I don't work on projects for free, and I don't expect my students or Access Veterans to either. If you're looking to have someone else fix your database, you can post a request for service in the Developer Network. Not here. 

Rule #6: You may also want to try a quick Google search too. While I'd love to keep you here on my site, there are millions of other helpful articles on the rest of the InterWebz you can search through too. Sure, we'll do our best to help you, but if you need an answer now, try using the Google machine (or Bing if you prefer).

Rule #7: If you're posting a new conversation (thread, question, etc.) then please try to use a meaningful subject line. Don't just use "Access" or "Question." We should know what it's about just by looking at it. "Help with Input Masks," or "Print Mailing Labels." Something. It's like when I ask people on my post-order survey where they found out about me, and I'm looking for something specific like "Your YouTube channel" or "Google Search for Access Lessons" and they type in "Internet." Really?

Rule #8: If you're asking questions about something from one of my classes or TechHelp Extended Cut videos, don't post a whole ton of your source code asking for us to troubleshoot it. A few lines are OK, but anything more than that is too much. That's not what we're here for. Not only is that asking a lot of us, but I really don't want you "giving away" code from my classes on my public forums. If you want someone to troubleshoot your code, ask for help in the Developer Network. Remember, you pay for my videos. Technical Support is not included. We volunteer our time to help out here in the Forums, but don't go crazy.


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