Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 08:09:50 -0700
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From: David Marso <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Need Help: "Subtracting time variables"?
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Yeah, something like that will do it... *NOT*.
That one's a perfect recipe for being ignored. *SCREAMING* in the subject!
It also conveys a "My problem/question is MORE important than anyone else's"
It is URGENT because... I have procrastinated...My boss is in a hurry for it
and I DKWTF I am doing so YOU do it for me NOW!!!
The best way to get help is to provide a clear descriptive subject line with
a concise, complete explanation of what is desired in the body of the
message -Please keep it short and sweet- . Include a description of the
current data arrangement, what you have ALREADY TRIED including error
messages/warnings etc. Any sort of vague indication that you have actually
attempted to solve it yourself along with a relevant data mock up will work
wonders. SUPER BONUS for suggesting you have actually browsed through the
manual in search for the answer. Insisting on a point/click pathway rather
than a syntax solution will also likely reduce the probability of receiving
an answer. Reliance upon InterneTelepathy is also a doomed strategy.
Bruce Weaver wrote:
> Yeah...something like "Need Help -- URGENT!!!!!" (Especially if it is
> near the end of a university semester.) ;-)
> David Marso wrote:
>> Looks like your question was answered. May I suggest a more descriptive
>> title for future questions?
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