Please tell us WHO you are, WHAT you do, & WHY you want to know!
Abstract Questions are usually boring & easily misinterpreted, and our 'regular responders' who volunteer their generous help often won't reply to them :-(
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. 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.
- 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 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 encourages dialog by personalizing things.
- Hurried postings are set aside for editing --and sometimes get buried under new mail.
- What problems are you actually experiencing, not "What will happen if?".
- 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.