I'd like to ask a question on Android Enthusiasts. Can you give me some advice about how the question should be asked?

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Use meaningful, specific subject titles

Bad Example: URGENT HELP NEEDED - Galaxy S Problem!

Good Example: Samsung Galaxy S keeps restarting itself randomly. How can I stop this?

  • Include the important information in the title
  • One should be able to read the whole context of the question just by reading the title1

Be precise and informative about your problem

  • Describe symptoms carefully
  • Add information about the hardware and software you're using
  • Be explicit about your question

Try to write in clear, grammatical, correctly-spelled language

Every non-native speaker is welcomed to ask questions (and provide answers) on Android Enthusiasts, but we expect a minimum of readability. Errors are human, nevertheless please try your best to write in grammatical, correctly-spelled English.

Mention any troubleshooting steps already taken

What have you already tried to solve the issue? Providing those can help avoid answers/comments with suggestions that you have already tried unsuccessfully.

Do not use CAPS

Don't try to emphasize a word by writing it in Caps (e.g. "IMPORTANT"), use bold tags ("important") or italics ("important") instead.

Avoid the XY problem at all costs

Don't ask about your attempted solution, instead ask about your actual problem. That is: if you are trying to solve problem X, make sure to ask about X and not about potential solution Y.

Only ask one question in your post

The daily question limit is high, so please use separate questions for separate issues. Asking about more than one question in your post will only cause confusion.

Provide screenshots if possible

A picture is worth a thousand words, but try to keep pictures in a reasonable size; huge pictures make it hard to catch the whole idea.

Use paragraphs when appropriate

It's hard to read a wall of text (Example). Make use of Enter once in a while.

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Footnotes

1 Although not strictly required, it's often a good idea to phrase the title as complete sentence.

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I disagree with The title should be a complete sentence. "Samsung Galaxy S keeps resetting itself randomly" gives complete information, the fact that a fix is desired is obvious. "How can I stop this?" won't help searches. The decision to make it a full sentence is purely one of style. –  Matthew Read Dec 5 '12 at 22:40
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Also disagree with It is not relevant what you think that is causing your problem. Informed opinions can be highly useful. –  Matthew Read Dec 5 '12 at 22:42
    
But it won't affect searches either. Plus I think that when one forms whole sentences, he/she reflects again about the essential problem. Which is very helpful. Also I intentionally wrote "should" and not "have to be". –  Flow Dec 5 '12 at 22:43
    
Yeah, I struggle with that one also. It made sense when I read it, but I think the phrasing could be improved. Or simply remove it completely. Let's see what others have to say. –  Flow Dec 5 '12 at 22:45
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Could also be worth merging in a couple of relevant points from meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/156810/… I'm thinking of the first two points in particular –  GAThrawn Dec 6 '12 at 8:13
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I would also add a section about troubleshooting steps already taken. No sense having answers suggesting for example a reboot or data wipe, if the OP has already tried those unsuccessfully. –  Chahk Dec 6 '12 at 14:56
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How about "use tags to describe your question, not your device"? –  Al E. Dec 6 '12 at 16:18
    
Not sure. IMHO precise and correct tagging is not directly related to the questions quality. It's just a nice feature to group relevant questions together and to improve searching. So in order to keep the answer as short as possible, I intentionally decided against any information about tags. But if the majority wants this information, why not. But I think we need to specify some tag policy first. –  Flow Dec 6 '12 at 18:33
    
@MatthewRead I defused the "complete sentence" part. Hope you like it. –  Flow Dec 6 '12 at 18:40
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@Flow: No, I see where you're coming from. I'll see if I can put together a "How do I tag my Question effectively?" Q&A. –  Al E. Dec 6 '12 at 18:42
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Looks good.​​​​ –  Matthew Read Dec 6 '12 at 19:05
    
Perhaps the first item here should be "check to see if someone has already asked the question". –  Al E. Dec 18 '12 at 14:09
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