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Why didn't they answer my question?!
The editor can't often answer your question.
You & I rely on other readers to help, and 22 years experience shows that Abstract Questions Are Almost Never Answered:
- Please carefully Describe Your Own Situation so readers can help you without covering a dozen "ifs, ands, & buts" that may not apply to you anyway.
- Everyone hates "flash-card quizzes" ... please make sure your posting doesn't resemble one :-(
- People don't freely offer their hard-earned knowledge in reply to guarded questions; be completely forthright.
- You know stuff other people don't! Please always frame your questions such that other readers will learn something from them.
- We must edit to professional standards! We understand that English is not the 1st language of some readers, and that's not a problem. But if your posting looks like a hurried text message with misspellings, silly auto-corrects, and no punctuation, we usually can't find time to fix & post it before it's buried under newer mail.
- Say WHO you are, WHAT you do, & WHY you want to know.
- Courtesy demands that you spend more time on your own question than you are asking strangers to. If there are fewer words in your question than you want in the answer, it's probably abstract and won't attract an answer.
- Tell people something they might not know. Don't say "my formula doesn't work"; say "my formula, which is so & so, gives such & such a problem".
- Don't say "How can I brighten brass?"; say "My great-great-great aunt left me a brass-hinged trunk from her Mayflower voyage..." If your question attracts interest it will get answered; if not, it won't.
- If possible, e-mail a photo or sketch of yourself and/or your problem to . Photos of yourself add a personal touch that attracts interest, and pictures of the problem are worth a thousand words.
Thanks for your patience and understanding!
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