About the One Answer Question Forum - Please Read

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  1. pjk

    pjk Administrator Staff Member

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    Read before posting.

    This forum is replacing the OAQ Thread, in order to separate posts for specific puzzles. Each thread is a One Answer question thread for a certain puzzle or a group of puzzles, as described in the first post of each thread. None of these threads appear on the homepage, but will all show up in "What's New?".

    Each thread includes non-blind variants such as one-handed and relays (of the same puzzle). If you see posts that are in the wrong thread, feel free to report them so they can be moved to the correct thread.

    The "One-Answer Other Question Thread" is to be used for miscellaneous One-Answer Questions that don't belong in the other One-Answer threads in this forum. If you want to post a question but none of the current threads seem fit, please reply here so we can consider adding another thread to cover it.

    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:


    Post in the correct thread
    The OAQT (One Answer Question Thread) was originally 1 post. Over the years, it grew into tens of thousands of posts. In order to make answer questions more efficient and targeted, we've created this separate OAQ forum, which threads for different categories. This way if you're only interested in Megaminx, you can check 1 thread and help people there instead of having to browse through many different questions you aren't interested in. When you have a question, please make sure you post it in the appropriate thread.

    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.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2014
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  2. Kit Clement

    Kit Clement Premium Member

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    I like this change - makes questions easier to find and answer without getting buried in one massive thread.
     
  3. Bryan Chia

    Bryan Chia Member

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    i dont like this change tbh, since the notification won't be showing on the home screen anymore, and that is going to make it harder ..
    because you have to go into the thread to see if there's any new post showing otherwise you wont know ..

    like i just asked a question, normally with the old settings, the notification will show up on the homescreen but now.
    Now i have to seek attention to ask people to see the post i posted
     
  4. speedcuber50

    speedcuber50 Member

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    Just wanted to chip in and say that I clearly remember my frustration with those threads a long time ago before I stopped posting on this forum. I'm glad that this has been changed now, the new system should make things better.
     

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