What is Drupal Answers?

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  • What is Drupal Answers?

    1. 1. What is Drupal Answers? Drupaldelphia 2013
    2. 2. Who is the guy talking?  Matthew Donadio Lead Developer at Night Kitchen Interactive Moderator at Drupal Answers
    3. 3. How do I complain about this presentation?  Email: mattd@whatscookin.com  Twitter: @mpdonadio
    4. 4. So, what is Drupal Answers?  From the About page: Drupal Answers is a question and answer site for Drupal developers and administrators. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about Drupal. http://drupal.stackexchange.com/ http://drupal.stackexchange.com/about
    5. 5. What does that mean?  It’s a website where you can post questions about Drupal and get answers from the Drupal community.  In addition – You can answer other questions – You can edit questions and answers to improve them – You can vote on posts that you think are good – You can gain reputation points to impress you family and friends
    6. 6. So, it’s just another forum?  No, it’s not a forum – Forums tend to be free form and are designed around discussions – DA is just about questions, their answers, and comments to get clarity  Anybody can edit questions and answers to improve them – Eliminates posts that just fix simple mistakes  The community votes on questions and answers – This help you determine what is really helpful
    7. 7. Does it replace the Drupal groups, forums, and issue queues?  The groups and forums facilitate discussion, which is needed to hash out some topics  The issue queues provide a central place to manage their project (bug reports, patches, feature requests, etc.) – However, questions about modules are a good for DA
    8. 8. Is it official?  It isn’t part of drupal.org or under the umbrella of the Drupal Association  However, several core contributors participate, as well as many module maintainers
    9. 9. OK, how do I ask a question?  Just goto the website and ask away http://drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/ask
    10. 10. Seriously?  Mostly, but keep a few things in mind – You can create an account so you can gain reputation – There are good ways to ask questions, and bad ways
    11. 11. What is a good question?  A good question is – Something that hasn’t already been asked and answered – It demonstrates that you have put some effort into solving the problem yourself – It gives enough detail about your problem, but doesn’t go into minutiae – If it is a code problem, it shows the code you are having trouble with – It is on-topic for the site http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask
    12. 12. What do you mean by on-topic?  The question has to be about Drupal, or a Drupal tool  It can’t be a bug report about a module  It can’t be a general PHP or server administration problem  It can’t be open ended  It can’t be a general request for tutorials or other online resources  It can’t be a request for something that is primarily opinion based http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic
    13. 13. My question has answers, what do I do now?  Comment on the answers to get clarification  Vote up good answers, and vote down bad ones  If one of the answers helped you, you can mark it as accepted. – This shows future readers who may have the same issue that this solved your problem.
    14. 14. I already know everything about Drupal, what can I do?  Answer questions!  Edit questions and answers  Vote on questions and answers
    15. 15. How do I answer a question?  Write up a detailed response, but don’t write a novel  Provide links to references (especially modules and API calls), but don’t just post a link to another site http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer
    16. 16. What is this reputation thing?  Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you  You earn reputation by – Asking good questions – Providing good answers – Making good edits to posts  You lose reputation by – Asking bad questions – Providing bad or incorrect answers http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/whats-reputation
    17. 17. I have a similar problem to a question I found, but I don’t understand an answer. What do I do?  Don’t post an answer to ask another question or to get clarification – It will get deleted  Do post a comment
    18. 18. My question didn’t get answered, what can I do?  You can edit your question to add additional details, or to clarify your problem  You can offer a bounty – You trade some of your reputation to give your question more visibility – This traded reputation goes to a user you pick who helped you out http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/no-one-answers
    19. 19. I keep hearing about moderators. Who are they and what do they do?  Everyone is a “moderator” on the site. – Based on you reputation, you have the ability to edit and vote on content that isn’t a good fit for the site – Posts can be flagged for attention by someone who has more privileges than you do  The “diamond” moderators have a few special privileges – They keep things civil and clean up the mess http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/site-moderators
    20. 20. How do I learn more?  Learn by participating  Visit the help center – http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help  Ask a question on the meta site – http://drupal.stackexchange.com/help/whats-meta – http://meta.drupal.stackexchange.com/

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