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Why don't they answer my question?!
The editor can't often answer your question. You & I rely on other readers to help, and 20+ years experience shows that Abstract Questions Are Rarely Answered:
- Please Describe Your Own Situation so a reader can help you without covering a dozen "ifs, ands, & buts" that don't apply to you anyway.
- Everyone hates "flash-card quizzes" ... please don't make your posting resemble one :-(
- People don't offer their hard-earned knowledge in reply to guarded questions; be forthright.
- You know stuff other people don't! Please frame your question such that readers will learn something from it.
- We must edit to professional standards! If your posting looks like a hurried text message with silly auto-corrects, we often can't find the time to edit it before it's buried under newer postings.
- 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 fewer words in your question than you want in the answer, it's probably abstract.
- 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
Thanks for your patience and understanding!
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