I've been browsing the Arduino forums for years. I have no idea why I find it so fun, but after all this time, I see the same frikin problem over and over with posts!

People never include schematics/drawings! 90% of the questions the OP asks why his code isn't working, and the first 4 comments are "Please post schematics". Most new people don't understand how it's usually quite helpful to have the entire scope of the project laid out for those trying to help.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a pinned post at the top of the forum that outlines how to ask a question? It might save these new users as well as the helpers a little frustration. Or, when creating your first post as so many folks are, there's a template that you are presented with to overview before creating your first post.

Just my thoughts.

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    The Arduino forum? Or here?
    – Majenko
    Mar 16, 2022 at 17:46
  • The Arduino Stack Exchange... Mar 17, 2022 at 21:39
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    There is no such thing as a pinned post on stack exchange. It's not a forum in the traditional sense but a question and answer site.
    – Majenko
    Mar 17, 2022 at 22:03

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This isn't a forum, but assuming you are referring to Arduino Stack Exchange, I have a post How to ask a good question for Arduino Stack Exchange. That mentions, amongst other things, posting your code and a schematic (and your error messages!).

I did a similar thing for the Arduino Forum here.

What can I say? People don't read these posts, or if they do they ignore them.

I'll tell you what the problem is. You [1] are in a hurry to get a problem solved. You want an answer and you want it now. You don't have time to read boring lectures about how to make a good post, you don't have time to post a schematic, or your code, or to tell us what parts you are using. You don't even have time to report what the error messages are, or what the problem actually is.

You just want answers and you hope that with minimal effort you will get them.

I don't want to sound negative, but, hey, if you are planning to ask a question here don't be that person.

[1] Not you personally, AJ_Smoothie.

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