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A lot of badly formatted messages come from http://www.lemis.com/email.html[bad mailers or badly configured mailers]. The following mailers are known to send out badly formatted messages without you finding out about them:
A lot of the information you need to supply is the output of programs, such as man:dmesg[8], or console messages, which usually appear in [.filename]#/var/log/messages#. Do not try to copy this information by typing it in again; it is a real pain, and you are bound to make a mistake. To send log file contents, either make a copy of the file and use an editor to trim the information to what is relevant, or cut and paste into your message. For the output of programs like man:dmesg[8], redirect the output to a file and include that. For example,
A lot of the points on submitting questions also apply to answering questions. Read them.
Are you sure you understand the question? Very frequently, the person who asks the question is confused or does not express themselves very well. Even with the best understanding of the system, it is easy to send a reply which does not answer the question. This does not help: you will leave the person who submitted the question more frustrated or confused than ever. If nobody else answers, and you are not too sure either, you can always ask for more information.
Are you sure your answer is correct? If not, wait a day or so. If nobody else comes up with a better answer, you can still reply and say, for example, "I do not know if this is correct, but since nobody else has replied, why don't you try replacing your ATAPI CDROM with a frog?".
Before Submitting a Question
Before you answer a question to FreeBSD-questions, consider:
Browse and/or search the archives for the mailing list, to see if your question or a similar one has been asked (and possibly answered) on the list. You can browse and/or search the mailing list archives at https://www.FreeBSD.org/mail[https://www.FreeBSD.org/mail] and https://www.FreeBSD.org/search/#mailinglists[https://www.FreeBSD.org/search/#mailinglists] respectively. This can be done at other WWW sites as well, for example at http://marc.theaimsgroup.com[http://marc.theaimsgroup.com].
Do not include unrelated questions in the same message. Firstly, a long message tends to scare people off, and secondly, it is more difficult to get all the people who can answer all the questions to read the message.
Do not underestimate the effect that a poorly formatted mail message has, not just on the FreeBSD-questions mailing list. Your mail message is all people see of you, and if it is poorly formatted, one line per paragraph, badly spelt, or full of errors, it will give people a poor impression of you.
Do you have something to contribute beyond what has already been said? In general, "Yeah, me too" answers do not help much, although there are exceptions, like when somebody is describing a problem they are having, and they do not know whether it is their fault or whether there is something wrong with the hardware or software. If you do send a "me too" answer, you should also include any further relevant information.