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Suggestions on Tips and Tricks 'Etiquette'

, 18 May 2010
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So here's the deal. I'm a big fan of the Tips/Tricks section here at The Code Project - and why wouldn't I be? ;o)I think it's a gem and a great forum for everyone to share little bits of wisdom they've gained throughout their career.There are a few things that I feel denote a better...
So here's the deal. I'm a big fan of the Tips/Tricks section here at The Code Project - and why wouldn't I be? ;o)
 
I think it's a gem and a great forum for everyone to share little bits of wisdom they've gained throughout their career.
 
There are a few things that I feel denote a better tip than others:
    • The tip is short, descriptive, appropriately tagged and useful to others. In other words, follow The Code Project guidelines.
    • It's not just a knowingly re-hashed version of someone else's tip.
    • You've searched for a similar tip before you post. If you appropriately tag your tip and are descriptive in your tip, chances are that it won't be dup'd.
    • You haven't just posted well-known features of a product, or used literature from their marketing materials.
    • You've taken time to review the tip for grammar, spelling and errors or omissions so that others can easily find your tip.
    • If applicable, you're following best practices or at least stated why it's not relevant to your tip.
 
As far as voting goes, I think it's a shame we don't have forced-comments on low votes. That said, there are a couple of things I think we can do if we don't think a tip is worth it's weight in kilobytes:
    • Use the voting system fairly. As far as I can tell, it's meant to RATE the tip, not RANK the tip. A tip in and of itself might be a great tip even if it's not as advanced as a similar tip. Perhaps it's a beginner who is targeted, so, ask yourself "who is the audience?" If it's not you, don't vote: just move on.
    • If you think you are the intended audience, reserve judgement! Leave a comment and ask for a clarification, or better yet, suggest an alternative.
    • If you are going to low-vote a tip/trick then have the courtesy to leave a comment and say why. If some hack dumps a lame tip with no explanation, then go ahead and leave a low vote. And then say why.
 
There are some great tips popping up in here and I think a little trove of goodies is quickly forming. I don't want to see the process derailed by a group of hosers. This site is one of the few places on the web that doesn't degrade into flame wars at every turn and yes I just used 'hosers' on a programming web site. Great White North, represent.
 
I would venture to guess that the majority of folks on this site are professionals, so let's treat each other as such. If you're not a professional (or aren't one yet), it's a good place to act like one.
 
Cheers, and happy tipping.

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TheyCallMeMrJames
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For almost 30 years I have been working with computers, learning a myriad of languages and participating in various computing environments.
 
Though I have been mentoring other developers for the last decade, I have recently found a strong interest in writing and am learning to translate the fun of in-person teaching to something I can get into article form.
 
I enjoy following technology trends, new gadgets and trying to guess where innovation will lead us next (I'm kinda holding out for a robot-served utopia, but willing to submit to our future robot leaders).
 
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GeneralI love geeks with a sense of humor. PinmemberTheyCallMeMrJames18-May-10 5:28 

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