Mimi – welcome to the call; agenda; introduce NK team
What is Drupal Answers?
What is Drupal Answers?
Who is the guy talking?
Lead Developer at Night Kitchen Interactive
Moderator at Drupal Answers
How do I complain about this presentation?
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
What does that mean?
It’s a website where you can post questions about
Drupal and get answers from the Drupal community.
– 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
So, it’s just another forum?
No, it’s not a forum
– Forums tend to be free form and are designed around
– DA is just about questions, their answers, and comments to
Anybody can edit questions and answers to improve
– Eliminates posts that just fix simple mistakes
The community votes on questions and answers
– This help you determine what is really helpful
Does it replace the Drupal groups, forums, and issue
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,
– However, questions about modules are a good for DA
Is it official?
It isn’t part of drupal.org or under the umbrella of the
However, several core contributors participate, as
well as many module maintainers
OK, how do I ask a question?
Just goto the website and ask away
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
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
– If it is a code problem, it shows the code you are having
– It is on-topic for the site
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
It can’t be open ended
It can’t be a general request for tutorials or other
It can’t be a request for something that is primarily
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
– This shows future readers who may have the same issue
that this solved your problem.
I already know everything about Drupal, what can I do?
Edit questions and answers
Vote on questions and answers
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
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
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
– It will get deleted
Do post a comment
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
– This traded reputation goes to a user you pick who helped
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
– They keep things civil and clean up the mess
How do I learn more?
Learn by participating
Visit the help center
Ask a question on the meta site