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"asking good questions" guide #16
aka "how to get useful answers from open-source nerds"
Occasionally we have newbies wander into the channel with questions, but unable or unwilling to ask them in a way that's likely to get helpful results. I find myself having to repeatedly explain basic skills such as:
I feel like having a polite writeup that we can point people to will reduce the experts' annoyance at newbies and improve the newbies' chances of success with their first steps in open-source-related things.