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Hello All!

1. Please note that the best way to get useful answers on the AVR Forum is to follow some simple guidelines found in a tutorial written by Eric S. Raymond et al., How To Ask Questions The Smart Way:

http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

2. This is the general AVR forum - if your question relates to AVR-GCC, AVR Studio, Projects in the Academy, Selling/Trading Items, or feedback on AVRFreaks.net, there are other forums that you should post in instead as they are dedicated to these topics.

If you post in the wrong forum then the topic may very well be moved to the appropriate forum by the moderators. In most instances a "shadow" topic will be left here on the AVR Forum, unless there are multiple cross-posts and no responses on this forum.

If for whatever reason you double-post a message or response (hit refresh and resend data), please edit one of the messages so that it just says "Sorry - doublepost, moderator please remove" or something to that effect.

Thanks,

The AVRforum Moderators

PS: In case the text of this message seems familiar, it comes with heavy use of copy and paste from the AVR-GCC Forum's sticky post

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It wil be very nice maybe if Uncle Eivind could add a copy of the smart-questions guidelines somewhere on the site. Possibly have one or 2 of the more important points on the page where you actually type in the post.
As I type this, I see on the right of this edit box is a lot of empty space. Can maybe use that to give some pointers.

And if Eivind REALLY has a lot if time :lol: , he could run a filter that looks for common not-so-good Subject titles, and prompt the user to think of something more original and informational.

Some of these filtered items can include:
* HELP!!
* What is WRONG???
* PLEASE HELP

Just a suggestion.. Use it / don't use it.
In any event, I'd have to say the typical Subject Titles used in the forums have improved a whole lot over the last year or so. Question contents leaves some to be desired, but we are getting there..

regards
Carel

www.pteq.net
Home of:
- Polygon Technologies CC

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I posted this in another forum that I am a member of (http://www.chiefdelphi.com, it's a forum about a robotics competition I partake in but the people are more than willing to help others out) and I think it applies here as well.

How to ask a question.

Here is some info that you should provide that may help people answer your questions:

Detailed description of what is happening that shouldn't be.
Instead of saying "The robot doesn't work when I run code X." Compare what IS happening, to what SHOULD be happening.
eg: The robot's arm is moving to the third position when it should be lowering.

Well commented, understandable code
This should be your normal coding style, but if not please revise the sections of code that you post. We didn't write the code, so we have no idea what you are attempting to accomplish with a certain line.

Hardware setup

Is your left side of the drive train connected to PWM port 1? Is the arm potentiometer connected on analog 1 or 2? All of this needs to be specified.

Spelling and Grammar
We aren't asking for much here. Theres no need for your post to read like a 16th century Shakespearean sonnet. Just some basic spelling and grammar. An example:
Bad

Quote:

Hei,
our program teams desined a custommly made analog 2 digi converting system. but the refrence voltage dosn't always stay the same, wich makes us take bad readngs. plz hlp.

Good
Quote:

Hello all,
Our programming team has recently made a customized version of the Analog to Digital Converter. However, as the battery dies down the reference voltage changes... which causes inaccurate readings. Has any other team overcome this obstacle? Thanks.

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I would like to add that if you post a picture, please reduce it to a reasonable size. In most cases a .jpg file of 20 to 30K gives plenty of resolution.

If you don't have other image software, and you're a windows user, just open it with paint, size it with the image:stretch/skew menu, and save it (as a .jpg), then upload that one instead of some 400K behemoth.

Chuck Baird

"I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun." -- Scott Adams

http://www.cbaird.org

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Another addition to that: only use JPEG for what it has been intended
for: photos. Anything else (drawing, screenshots) looks just
*terrible* when being compresses with JPEG, due to the (unavoidable)
JPEG artefacts. Use GIF or PNG for these, not only that their quality
will be way better, they will even be smaller (provided compression is
used in these formats).

Jörg Wunsch

Please don't send me PMs, use email if you want to approach me personally.

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Thought this may be useful to improve the quality of questions:
http://meta.stackoverflow.com/qu...
If others agree, perhaps it could go into Stu's Sticky.

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A post was hijacked onto this thread. It has been moved to:

http://www.avrfreaks.net/index.p...

(this did highlight that this sticky had not been locked - so it has been now ;-))

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