dW Answers is different from a typical discussion forum because it uses a pure Q&A model, focused on finding answers to questions, rather than general discussion on topics. In a Q&A model, answers tend to be less subjective.
Questions should be relevant to the dW developer community. Before you ask a question, make sure to search for similar questions that have already been asked.
Please avoid asking questions that are not relevant to the dW development community, are too subjective, or are argumentative.
Avoid not answering the question! If you just have a comment on the question or want to ask for clarification, post a "comment" on the question instead of an "answer". Answers should attempt to answer the specific question.
Follow these guidelines to help others find and understand your post when searching from dW Answers or an external search engine like Google.
Keep tags simple, short, relevant, and easy to understand.
Email notifications are the bedrock of a successful question and answer community. These notifications tell you about important events, including:
The dW team moderates dW Answers, but users can earn some moderation privileges after earning enough points.
Your "reputation" is a measure of the community's trust in you, based on the perceived value of your participation. As your answers or questions are voted up by others, your reputation increases.
For example, if you ask an interesting question or give a helpful answer, your input will be voted up by others. On the other hand if the answer is misleading or irrelevant, it will be down voted. Each vote up you receive will generate 15 points, each vote down will subtract 2 points.
With enough reputation points, you can earn badges.
The table below explains reputation points required to perform each type of moderation task.
|Create a new tag:||400|
|Vote up a question or answer:||0|
|Vote down a question or answer:||15|
|Edit tag name or description:||100|
|Edit a question's tags:||100|
|Edit any comment, question, or answer:||400|
|Close any question:||600|
Note that simply answering a question does not increase your reputation score. Reputation is only earned through perceived value of your answers (voted up or accepted) or your quality questions (voted up).
Allowing experienced members of this community to curate the questions and answers improves the overall quality of the knowledge base content.
We don't like closing questions, but sometimes it's the right thing to do. We value the time and effort that community members contribute to our forum and we don't want to waste it by duplicating their effort or distracting them. Reasons why your question may be closed include:
If you think we shouldn't have closed your question, feel free to send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your question along with why you think it doesn't fall under the guidelines above and we'll reconsider.
It is now possible to create tables in markdown using pipes and hyphens. Instructions are available at https://help.github.com/articles/github-flavored-markdown/#tables.
When tags are created, they are forced to lowercase, regardless of the mix of upper- and lowercase letters used, and are stored in the database like this. Tags are then displayed in all caps (using a display technique to force uppercase) when in block form for aesthetic reasons and to eliminate any potential ambiguity between similarly shaped characters.
Please post your question with the tag "dw-answers-help" and help make dW Answers better!