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    How to ask questions in Forums?

    You have to provide as much information as possible in your question for somebody to provide you a valid answer!

    If proper information is not provided then even the simplest of question would suddenly start looking very hard
    for the readers. Assume of a question like this in one of our India based forums.

    "What is the shortest route to reach Tidel park"

    So is this an easier question or a tougher question?

    1. How do the readers know from where are you starting?
    2. How would they know whether you wanted to take a public transport or you have a private vehicle
    so you are expecting a short cut route? etc.,

    Please remember the readers can just read the question written there and cannot read your mind as well.
    The same question if it has been asked something like this might have made better sense:

    "I am planning to travel by two wheeler and need to know what is the shortest route to reach Tidel park, Chennai
    from Tambaram railway station, Chennai?"

    What do you think of the below question asked in our forum recently?

    "Help me to insert 1000 records in sql query. Its very urgent. Reply me immediately"

    As a reader this question is not complete enough to give a quality response.

    1. How would we know from where does those 1000 records come from?
    2. Do they have it as a flat file and want help in writing a query to push the data into a SQL table?
    3. Do they want to generate some random 1000 records for testing purpose?
    4. What is the table schema in which 1000 records needs to be inserted?
    5. What is the SQL Server version in which the solution needs to work?

    So now a simple question for the author is looking like a very tough question for the readers.

    If the same question has been asked as:

    I have a table in SQL Server 2005 whose schema is

    CREATE TABLE tblTest
    Sno INT IDENTITY(1,1),
    FirstName VARCHAR(10)

    There are some 1000 records in a comma separated file which needs to be inserted
    into this table. Please note the first line in the comma separated file
    contains the heading which has to be ignored. Newline character is used
    to differentiate between each row.

    The bottom-line is we need to provide the question as accurate as possible in order to attract quality response
    as well as save time and energy for ALL.

    FAQ for posting questions in SQL Server forums:

    Step 1: State the problem clearly.

    How to select first 10 rows of a table for a specific category, say Fruits, in SQL Server 2005?

    Step 2: Include the CREATE TABLE script for the readers to create it easily.

    A. Goto the SQL Server Management Studio and right click on the table.
    B. Choose Script Table As > Create To > New Query Editor Window.
    C. Similarly if the table has Indexes then script that too.
    Expand the (+) sign near the table and then expand the (+) sign besides the Indexes folder.
    Now script all the indexes there as well in the same fashion.

    Step 3: Include some sample data in the form of INSERT scripts.
    Don't just provide an image of your SQL Server window having all this information and expect the readers
    to type it themselves for the sake of helping you freely!

    Step 4: It is always a good practice to try for a solution yourself and only when you really not able to move
    forward post it in a forum. So readers would ideally expect you to post the
    script what ever you have attempted so for.

    Step 5: Along with all this, also Include the expected output for the sample data provided.

    Step 6: Be polite as members in any forums are there to provide each other FREE programming advice.
    So forums is no place to show your EGO or Rudeness! Never expect the readers to
    provide you the complete module/project source code just because you are new to
    it OR you are in an urgent need!!

    Good Luck..
  • #635329
    Nice piece of Information Vadivel.

    Please make this post as sticky so that all the user can pay attention to it.

    These Guidelines are most important.

    Thanks & Regards
    Anil Kumar Pandey
    Microsoft MVP, DNS MVM

  • #635430
    Yes good information is provided by Vadivel sir, we are all expected from DNS user please post forum questions with proper title and detailed description!
    Your Hard work never fails

  • #635434
    Thanks Anil & Ravindran. Btw I don't know how to make this post as a sticky :) Any guidance on that would be greatly appreciated.

    Best Regards
    MVP SQL Server

  • #673939
    Hai Vadivel,
    Really good post with lot of information. It will be really helpful to all the DNS members while posting their queries to various sections.

    Pawan Awasthi(DNS MVM)
    +91 8123489140 (whatsApp), +60 14365 1476(Malaysia)

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