Announcement: If you ask for help about code

OK, I’m fed up so here some basic rules

when you ask question about general code, take the time to use the markdown notation to provide the code you’re talking about

if you have bug on a project/whatever, take the time to isolate a sample/demo of the code that is not working

  • if the code is trivial enough (1 file) just use the markdown to include it in the post
  • if not trivial, create a project in something like Github and provide a link to it
  • do not attach zip/rar files or provide link to zip/rar files, those will be banned as they provide a security risk

Also the basic is

  • mention your environment: platform, version number, etc.
  • explain what you already researched, tried, experimented, etc.
    not just saying “it does not work” is not enough
  • provide detail and context
  • ideally provide a build to your project, so if someone look into the problem
    they can build/test it in the same conditions as you

it is about time, time is precious for everyone

if you pick this forum, dump a “it does not work” and do not provide details
do not expect tons of help because in the first place you did not do the basic job of helping yourself by explaining your problem to others

other people are not in front of your computer, they do not know your particular details or context, you HAVE TO explain those, this is basic courtesy, otherwise consider yourself on your own.

Also few of my pet peeves

  • the guy who post the same question on 3 or 4 different forums and just wait
    and/or come back 2 or 3 weeks later …
  • the guy who use the forum to report issues with an ANE instead of contacting directly the ANE developer(s), either commercial or open source they ALL have their own reporting system for issues/problems etc.
  • the guy who use the forum to report issues about open source projects
    when ALL those open source projects have their own reporting system
  • the guy who do not bother to search the archives of this forum or a do some google search related to the problem, …
  • the guy who post a question, get no reply, but then later find a workaround/solution but does not come back and answer his own question with the solution he found

Using a forum to get help about programming is a community thing, it work both ways

you can off course ask for help but also think of giving back some help too


Absolutely use 3 backticks when you want to highlight source code

it works basically like Github

just use Markdown syntax

function test():String
   return "yes it works";

function test():String
return “yes it works”;

you can even indicate the specific syntax you want

package something
    public class HelloWorld
        public function HelloWorld()

// AS3 source code here

<style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar">
    <!-- Customize your theme here. -->
    <item name="colorPrimary">@color/colorPrimary</item>
    <item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/colorPrimaryDark</item>
    <item name="colorAccent">@color/colorAccent</item>

// XML source here

Here the full Markdown Reference

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