Subreddit Post Guidelines

How do I ask a good question?

This is a very similar section just like Stack Overflow.

Do your research…

Since the Reddit Search sucks, I recommend Googling your question. You can also try checking out our Basics FAQ Post on the subreddit. Depending on your question, it may already be answered there. If you have Googled high and low and still can’t find your answer anywhere then you can post on the subreddit.

Posting on the Subreddit

There are several things you need to remember when posting on the subreddit.

1. Follow the rules.

They are listed on the sidebar of the subreddit and also on the main page of the wiki. These must be followed at all times to prevent your post from being removed or you being banned from the subreddit.

2. Write a clear and concise title.

What does this mean exactly? Well, Stack Overflow gave a good example. Pretend you are talking to a busy colleague and have to sum up your entire question in one sentence. What details can you include that will help someone identify and solve your problem? Also, pretend this is an assignment for school as Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation are important! If you aren’t comfortable writing in English, you can ask a friend to proofread it for you or you can try Google Translate or you can let us know in the body that you are not a native English speaker and we can try our best to understand and solve your problem. Make the title too long; didn’t read for the post. If you have to, write the title last. Make it so it summarizes your post clearly and the body of your post includes additional details and/or pictures. Lastly, make sure to click the flair button on Reddit to give your post a flair. Posts that aren’t flaired within 2 hours will be removed by the mod team. Examples: – Bad: C# Math Confusion – Good: How do I efficiently use this pointer to a class in a Tic Tac toe game – Bad: questionsssss – Good: How would one grab a url through javascript in a google chrome extension?

3. Guidelines for the Body of your post

A. Don’t post a wall-of-text.

What is a wall-of-text? That’s when you post anything longer than 2-3 sentences altogether without paragraphs between ideas. It would look like the following quote:
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God! O my friend -but it is too much for my strength-I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions!A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the… This was generated by The Blind Text Generator.
Do you see how hard that is to read? That was 600 words all in 1 paragraph. While not everyone will post that many words, anything over 25-30 words is very difficult to read and a lot of people won’t put in the time or effort to read it. Now, here is the same 600 words in 11 different paragraphs. Look at how much easier it is to read:
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God! O my friend -but it is too much for my strength-I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions!A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the…  This was generated by The Blind Text Generator.

B. Introduce the problem before you post any code.

Write a short paragraph or two about your problem and what your problem is before you post any code. Explain how you encountered the problem, what you have tried to solve the problem, and what is going on.
Help others reproduce the problem
Since this is the r/CodingHelp subreddit, most questions will benefit from including code. When you include code you want to format it like following Reddit’s Examples. If you have issues, let us know in the body of your post, also, you can post and then edit your post if you have an error in the way it is formatted. If possible use CodeSandbox.ioGithub, or any other online IDE to create a live example of the problem that you can link to. If you do this, also copy the code into the body of the post itself as not everyone can access external websites, especially if they are browsing the subreddit on their office computer that has external websites blocked. BIGGEST NOTE: DO NOT post images of code, data, error messages, etc. Copy or type the text into the body of the post. Please reserve the use of images for diagrams or demonstrating rendering bugs, things that are impossible to describe accurately via text.

Post it and Respond to Feedback

Your most important feedback will happen within the first 24 hours from when you post your topic. That is when most people will see it and you will get eyes on your post. After that, not as many people will see it but I would recommend staying active on your post until after the first 72 hours. After that, it isn’t as important to stay active on it unless you are still having the issue and people are still assisting you.

Let us know when and how it got resolved.

Do this by editing your post and letting us know it was solved and either link to the comment that solved it for you or post a description as to how you solved it, with links, if necessary. This will make it so people Googling and finding your post via any kind of search can see that it was solved and how it was solved so if they are having the same issue, they can resolve their issue faster.

Why did I get a message/see a comment that my question does not meet quality standards?

This post does not meet our quality standards. If you see this message, then your question was removed from our subreddit. All new questions are subjected to a “minimum quality” filter that checks for basic indicators of a good, complete, question. Check to make sure that your question has the following: – Clear & Concise Title – Explanation of what your question is with as much detail as you can. – No wall-of-text posts. – Correct use of English Spelling & Grammar to the best of your ability – Any background research you’ve tried but wasn’t enough to solve your problem.
All of this is clearly described above and while this is a new thing, we believe that this will make it easier for people to answer questions and more pleasant to read questions. If your post was removed and you don’t think it should have been, feel free to message the mods and we will get back to you within 24 hours regarding your question.

What should I do if no one answers my question?

Make sure you have asked a good question (outlined above). To get better answers (or any answers), you may need to put additional effort into your post. Edit your post to provide status updates and possible resolutions. Document your own continued efforts to answer your own question. You can also try posting your question in our Discord if you aren’t getting answers on this subreddit.