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Search before posting a question.
The "search thread" tool in this thread can be used to see if someone already asked a similar question here. Depending on the question, you may also find answers on the Speedsolving Wiki, or in other threads. If you have questions about WCA competitions, you'll likely find answers under the official regulations. This thread isn’t the only place to ask simple questions, see if your question belongs in one of these threads first:
Be clear with your questions.
Questions are easier to answer if they are clear, so be as clear as you can with your questions. If you want to add something to your question, or you want to clarify it, use the "Edit Post" tool instead of making a new post.
Use titles in question posts when appropriate.
You can add a title to a post using "Go Advanced". It adds the title in bold at the top of the post. Titles are useful especially for long questions.
Delete your original post when you bump your question.
When a question gets buried without a sufficient answer, you can bump it, but you should delete the old post first. Be patient when you're waiting for an answer, and don't continuously bump your question just to get it on the newest page. Wait at least three days before bumping a question.
Quote the question you're answering.
Use the "Reply with Quote" button when you're answering a question. Not only does this make it obvious what you're answering, it makes it easy to find the question (click on the "[>>]" in the quote and it'll bring you to the original post).
Don't answer unless you are certain.
Remember that worthless replying is against the Forum Rules. If you have a guess, don't post it unless your reply is actually useful to the person who asked the question. Also, don't just camp around in the thread answering any questions you come across that you *think* you know the answer to.
Remove ninja'd replies instead of editing in "edit: ninja'd".
If you get ninja’d to a reply, delete your reply entirely unless it provides more information that what others have already mentioned or it improves and/or corrects another answer.
No side conversations
Anything that isn't either a question or a good answer doesn't belong in the thread. If you have any follow up questions, or feel the need to carry a conversation regarding something in the thread, just use Private Messaging.
Don't post "this belongs in the OAQT" in other question threads.
If you think a question that has a separate thread belongs in the OAQT, report the thread so that a mod can decide if it should be merged or not. If a thread gets merged into the OAQT and there's a "should've use the OAQT" post that goes unnoticed, all it does is add confusion. If you see these kinds of posts, report them so they can be deleted.
If you have any questions about these rules, please discuss them here.