I'm looking to put together a blog post that people can reference on how to ask, and the right way to ask question here at Super User. What are some suggestions that you would have for new users coming to the site and asking questions? What are some things that you would like for me to focus on?
I like Zoredaches idea of keeping it simple, short and to the point. Get the most important points across quickly.
With that in mind, I threw together this quick list of hints:
How can I copy the path of a registry key to memory?
I am using
I tried pressing Ctrl+C while having the node selected, but the path was not copied to the clipboard.
This topic has been done to death via the ask page, and the many other blog articles, meta.stackoverflow.com questions, and other similar meta posts on other sites. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to cover the issue again, but keep in mind that the people that need the the information in the post the most probably won't really read it before posting.
So the critical things I think need to be covered are venue, and writing style.
Always provide LOTS of details when asking a question. No detail is irrelevant.
Far too often I see questions with not enough detail to get a good answer, but never have I seen a question that includes too many details.
(Example of "no detail is irrelevant": I heard about a video-processing system that would intermittently fail while in development. Some days it would work properly, and some days it wouldn't, with no change in system variables/updates. Eventually they figured out that when the developers wore plaid shirts to test it, it didn't work because the system couldn't process the complicated pattern and gave up. When they wore other shirts, it worked fine.)