# How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members

#### CRGreathouse

Forum Staff
1. Show what you have done with the problem so far, and your thoughts on how to proceed with it. This helps you, as you can find out why your reasoning is wrong, and you won't waste time making the same mistake again. It also helps those trying to answer your question: without that, they may explain a part of the problem you already understand.

2. Post in the right forum. You're more likely to get help if you do, since otherwise the experts in that subject won't see it. Don't post in Abstract Algebra unless your problem relates to groups, rings, fields, and the like; this is not the same as High School Algebra. Don't post complicated real-world problems in Complex Analysis (which is the study of analytic and meromorphic functions); that's what Applied Math is for.

3. Make sure the problem you type out is the problem you are given. Any kind of typo can cause people to solve the wrong problem. Include all relevant information -- usually it's best to type the problem exactly as it's given.

4. Pose your problem with as few ambiguities as possible. For example, if there can be any doubt what an exponent, radicand or argument for a trigonometric function is, enclose these in parentheses. You may know what you mean, but others may not.

5. If you're writing formulas, take a small amount of time to learn to use LaTeX. This increases readability of complicated expressions dramatically! You may find this equation editor useful.

6. Use descriptive titles. Typing as much of the question as will fit in the subject heading is not desirable. "I need URGENT HELP thanku" is less desirable. Good titles get the most attention.

(with apologies to The Chaz, from whom I stole this post, and Dale Carnegie, from whom I stole this title)

#### MarkFL

CRGreathouse said:
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4. Pose your problem with as few ambiguities as possible. For example, if there can be any doubt what an exponent, radicand or argument for a trigonometric function is, enclose these in parentheses. You may know what you mean, but others may not...
This one has become a burr under my saddle here lately! :lol:

I have this function 3x + 2/sqrt x^2 - 3x + 9... :|

#### The Chaz

Forum Staff
I liked it better when #1, 3, 5, 7 were "show your work!"

:x :x

#### MarkFL

Don't dump several attached documents, each containing multiple quizzes, and no work at all shown, then tell us you need this done before your test tomorrow.

Your epic procrastination is somehow supposed to be our problem? :lol:

I don't think so. :wink:

#### FreaKariDunk

One of my favorite quotes are "Poor planning on your part does not create an emergency on my part."

Anddd Mark, you know you like our late night study nights... (Another will be coming up on Monday, so cancel your hotttt dates and park the car; it's time to get my study on.)

#### MarkFL

I had better begin a refresher on multivariable calculus then! :lol:

#### Erimess

FreaKariDunk said:
One of my favorite quotes are "Poor planning on your part does not create an emergency on my part."
I love this one too. There was this guy I used to know who worked at a company, that had some lady working there that did the last step of putting their proposals together. Of course the proposals were due at a certain time, and of course, everyone was running late with everything. So she had that sign on her door.

#### soroban

Math Team

7. Stop saying "i don't have a clue how to start."

If that's true, you need more help than we can provide.

#### CRGreathouse

Forum Staff
Perhaps we should refrain from helping people, aside from posting links to subject overviews, if they say that they don't even know where to start (or otherwise fail to show any effort).

#### MarkFL

I like that idea. :mrgreen: