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Why didn't they answer my question?!
The editor usually can't answer your question!
You & I rely on the readers to help, and 23 years experience shows that Abstract Questions Don't Interest Them, So They Are Rarely Answered:
- Please carefully Describe Your Own Situation so readers can try to help you without feeling they must first cover a dozen "ifs, ands, & buts" that may not apply to you anyway.
- Everyone hates "flash-card quizzes" ... please make sure your posting doesn't resemble one :-(
- People don't often offer their hard-earned knowledge in reply to guarded questions; be forthright.
- You know stuff others don't! Please frame your questions such that readers will learn something from them.
- We must edit to professional standards! We understand that English is not the 1st language of some readers, and that's not a problem. But if your posting looks like a hurried text message with misspellings, silly auto-corrects, and no punctuation, we often can't find the time to fix & post it before it's buried under newer mail.
- Say WHO you are, WHAT you do, & WHY you want to know.
- Courtesy demands that you spend more time on your own question than you ask strangers to. If there are few words in your question, it's probably abstract and won't attract an answer.
- Tell people something they might not know. Don't say "my formula doesn't work"; say "my formula, which is so & so, gives such & such a problem".
- Don't say "How can I brighten brass?"; say "My great-great-great aunt left me a brass-hinged trunk from her Mayflower voyage..." If your question attracts interest it will get answered; if not, it won't.
- If possible, e-mail a photo or sketch of yourself and/or your problem to . Photos of yourself add a personal touch that attracts interest, and pictures of the problem are worth a thousand words.
Thanks for your patience and understanding!
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