Please tell us WHO you are, WHAT you do, & WHY you want to know!
Abstract Questions are usually boring & often misinterpreted. Pretty please, with sugar on it—
- Spend time on your question. Tell us whether you're a 3rd grader or post‐doc, hobbyist or pro, working on a watch dial or a Winnebago, whether you're doing one for yourself or millions in your factory. Is it a new process not successful yet, or something you've done for years that suddenly went south. If a question is vague, and can't be answered without lots of "ifs, ands, & buts", most responders won't even start.
- Not "What will happen if?", but what situation are you actually experiencing?
- Tell us something we don't know! Say "my formula of so & so gives such‐&‐such a problem", not "Give me the best formula".
- Interesting questions get answered! Say "I have a brass trunk from an ancestor's Mayflower voyage …", not "How can I clean brass?". Say "I need 20 lugs nuts from my '55' Chevy Belair convertible show car chrome plated", not "What shop does chrome plating?".
- Include a photo/sketch if you can; pictures are worth a thousand words!
- A pic of yourself personalizes things, encouraging responses.
- Hurried postings are set aside for editing — and sometimes get buried under new mail.
- Camaraderie & aloha are incompatible with anonymity! Apologies, but postings with missing last names, or fictitious names, cities, or e‐mail addresses are discarded. If your issue is confidential, or your company doesn't allow public posts, please retain a consultant.