The Noob's Guide to Getting Help

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Mar 19, 2010

The Noob's Guide to Getting Help by XFlak at 5:06 PM (1,200 Views / 0 Likes) 8 replies

  1. XFlak
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    The Newcomer's Guide to Getting Help
    by Baboo77 (edited by X-Flak)

    So you have a problem. Before posting anything , try the search button, you will be amazed at what you can find (another good resource is the Complete Softmod Guide). If the search doesn’t provide you with the answers you are looking for then post your question. Here is how to properly do that.

    1. Forum Sections

    Although it may seem obvious to you I regularly see people posting things in the wrong part of the site, like asking questions in the blog area. The forum is divided into several different sections each pertaining to different categories of wii problems. If you are having issues with a backup loader, post your thread in the backup loader section. If you are having issues with hacking your wii, post your thread in the wii-hacking section. etc. And if you just have a noob question to ask then post it in the newbie discussion forum. Easy,right?

    2. The thread title!! (Very important)

    Your thread title is the first thing we see when navigating the forum and it should be titled appropriately. We all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to modding and a properly title thread will allows us to determine if your problem is in our line of expertise. Your title should be short and relate to the issue you are having. Example “usbloadergx ios236 problem” or “Save extractor/save installer issue” or “How to get NSMB to play on sd?” We all know you are a noob and need help so no need to specify that just stick with your problem. It makes its a lot easier for those who can help you to find you.

    3. Explaining your problem

    Now that you have titled your thread properly it is time to explain your situation. BE SPECIFIC!! It’s difficult to know what is wrong with your wii if your explanation is under 10 words long. That doesn’t mean to write a short novel, but at least supply us with some basic information. Here is what should be included.
    1. The issue you are having (be clear). When and how did it start. What were you trying to do when it happened? These are things that can clue us into what your problem is and how to fix it.
    2. What firmware are you on and which guide did you use to softmod. A simple 4.x or 3.x will do. For chip users what model chip and version are you using.
    3. What cios versions are you running. ex. cIOS38rev17 or Hermesv4 222/223
    4. PLEASE TELL US IF YOU HAVE INSTALLED CIOSCORP! Cioscorp installs modified versions of many different IOS's. Because of this the solution to your problem may be different than someone else with the same problem.

    4. Be patient


    You have asked your question and now it is time to wait, while you are doing that try the search button again. Who knows , you might learn something. Don’t sit there and wait and bump your thread every 15 minutes. Someone will come along. If after 24 hours your thread still hasn’t been answered than bump it cause we might have missed it.

    5. Check out the links


    If we post a link and tell that the answer you are looking for is there, click on it and read!! You might expect us to hold your hand and walk you through this but we have many other people to help. We will point you in the right direction but you will have to do your share of the work. Why should we waste time typing answers to questions that have already been answered and you can click the link and read it for yourself.

    6. Ask questions


    So you read all the information but there is still some things you don’t understand then ask your question. We like nothing more than helping someone understand what they are doing cause it saves a lot of time from answering questions in the brick section. One important thing to remember when asking questions is to post it within the same thread as the guide you are following. If we gave you a link to a thread (guide) and are have troubles following it then post your question in that thread. You will get a quicker response from people who are more familiar and experience with that particular aspect of wii hacking.

    7. Share


    We helped you, now its your turn to help someone else. Share what you have learned. But if you are not sure about the advice you are giving, be sure to say so (or not say anything at all), rather than mislead others.
     
  2. XFlak
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    Mods, I think this should be stickied... hopefully it will lead to better help requests in the future.
     
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    And this topic has to be in Hacking?

    Will probably be snowed under in no time, so pretty useless ...

    Making it a sticky might help though and I suggest a bit more friendly title of the thread than noob guide [​IMG]
     
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    title changed to "The Newcomer's Guide to Getting Help" (mods, can you change the topic title too, thx)
     
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    Now let's hope mod's will make it a sticky and people will read the guide cause the guide itself is quite good for this forum to get some structure [​IMG]
     
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    maybe I can add it somehow in my topic [​IMG]
    also, requesting for sticky can reduce the chance of it being stickied
    [​IMG]
     
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    Especially if the one asking is the OP. [​IMG]
     
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    You have a typo under "Be Patient"
    "You have asked your question and now it is time to wait"

    Great guide xflak
     
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    sounds good 2 me! feel free to copy and paste it into your stickied thread... I really don't care about this specific thread being stickied, i just want this info in any sticky so that newcomers can read it (or something like it) so the regular gbatempers don't have quite as many headaches when responding to questions
     

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