Here are a few tips on how to make your answer great:
Pay it forward
Saying “thanks” is appreciated, but it doesn’t answer the question. Instead, vote up the answers that helped you the most! If these answers were helpful to you, please consider saying thank you more constructively – by contributing your answers to questions your Team members have asked here.
Have the same problem?
Still no answer to the question, and you have the same problem? Help your Team find a solution by researching the issue, then contribute the results of your research and anything additional you’ve tried as a partial answer. That way, even if you can’t figure it out, the next person has more to go on. You can also vote up the question so it gets more attention.
Answer the question
Read the question carefully. What, precisely, is the question asking? Make sure your answer provides that – or a viable alternative. The answer can be “don’t do that,” but it should also include “try this instead.” Any answer that gets the asker going in the right direction is helpful, but do try to mention any limitations, assumptions or simplifications in your answer. Brevity is acceptable, but fuller explanations are better.
Provide context for links
Links to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always quote the most relevant part of a vital link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline.
Write to the best of your ability
We don't expect every answer to be perfect, but answers with correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar are easier to read. They also tend to get upvoted more frequently. Remember, you can always go back at any time and edit your answer to improve it.
Answer well-asked questions
Not all questions can or should be answered here. Save yourself some frustration and avoid trying to answer questions which...
- ...are unclear or lacking specific details that can uniquely identify the problem.
- ...solicit opinions rather than facts.
- ...have already been asked, searched and answered many times before.
- ...require too much guidance for you to answer in full, or request answers to multiple questions.
Don't forget that you can edit the question you're answering to improve the clarity and focus - this can reduce the chances of the question being closed or deleted.