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    MrExcel MVP Jay Petrulis's Avatar
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    Hi All,

    In my opinion, the link below gives excellent suggestions for everybody.

    http://www.cpearson.com/excel/newposte.htm

    Some are not relevant to MrExcel, but many are. In particular, I would like to comment on two of the informal 'rules':

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    2 Use an illustrative subject line. Don't put in a subject line like HELP ME! or EXCEL question. Instead, say something like "Trouble With Pivot Tables In XL97." And remember, saying URGENT doesn't make it any more urgent to anyone but you.

    21 "I posted a question an hour ago, but didn't get any responses. Should I post it again?" No. It can take anywhere from a minute to a day for your post to actually show up on the server. Then, someone has to read it and come up with an answer. Give it a few days before thinking about resubmitting a post.
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    The participants here volunteer their time and energy, and there are enough "usual suspects" to make sure that almost every single question gets at least one response.

    However, please note that nobody is "entitled" to receive an answer within a specified time frame. As Chip stated, URGENT does not apply to anyone but you.

    Vague subject lines and questions don't help, either. If you don't take the time to detail your request, how will anyone know exactly what you need?

    I learn something new here every time I log on, and really like to help out as best I can. I don't mind when people resend their unanswered requests to the top of the board. But, give it more than an hour or so before you project your crisis to all. Posts get shuffled down and then forgotten, but that is *not* the norm.

    I don't want to alienate anyone, so please take this as a helpful suggestion rather than a hard rule. And this is not a complaint. Your "URGENT, PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!" post will still get answered (even when it is in three separate threads).

    Thanks,
    Jay

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    Good post Jay.

    I'll need to have a look in the past pages, for Steve Hartman's similar thread on this, aha!

    http://www.mrexcel.com/board/viewtop...c=2078&forum=2

    My particular favourite posts contain the word "Challenge" in the subject.



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