How to Make Clear Requests for the Computing Categories on wikiHow

When asking for precise help about computers, operating systems and related technology on wikiHow through requests, the manner in which you ask a question will help to speed up an accurate and clear response from those you're asking. Being as precise as you can be will ensure that the response is tailored to your actual request and that the author doesn't wander off into answering the request completely differently from your expectations.

Steps

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    Be as specific as you can be. This isn't hard but does require a little thought about how someone seeing your request for the first time might interpret the request.
    • Think about whether you have identified the topic in an obvious way.
    • Have you clarified the actual model, make, brand, upgrade, or whatever it is?
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    When you make a request, try to ask like this:
    • "How To Install an ATI Display For Ubuntu 10.10 32-bit."
    • Or maybe: "How To Install Nvidia Display For Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit" or (64-bit)
    • Not like this: "How To Install Display Driver"––too general for the author, who may go into details that are not relevant to you. Also, avoid requests such as "How to Unrar Ubuntu" or maybe "Unmount Ubuntu". While an Ubuntu user can understand what is meant, it's generally not specific enough to help a future reader or even the author; it begs the question "Which Ubuntu?". It's not hard to ask clearly, for example like this:
      • "How To Upgrade Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat".
    • People who want to help you don't know which PC you have at home, they don't know which graphic card you're using, they don't know which processor is in your box, or whatever it was. You will easier find the answer on the Internet if you ask him properly. It is not only about my category, it's about all categories.
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    Avoid using too much jargon. While someone familiar with the area in which you're asking might understand, it is important that the jargon is kept to a minimum so that a layperson could also find the request and the answer and make use of it.

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