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Note: A feature request for an Official FAQ-like page has been posted in meta (as suggested by Andy Ford) at http://meta.doctype.com/forums/26218-general/suggestions/472349-add-an-faq-to-doctype-com. For those interested, please make a vote.

While attempting to have the feature implemented, I created this temporary page to help make doctype.com better in terms of usage and getting the users to know more about how to use this site properly and in ways which it is built for. This post is to complement the existing "About Doctype" page.

Please do not add answer to this "question" because it is not one. However comments are welcome. Click the "Add a comment" link at the bottom of this question (and comments) to give your comments.

Neverthless, you can try to ask a question which might be suitable to be included in this FAQ by adding an answer, so we can then address them with their's own set of comments. I do not recommend upvoting those answers as this FAQ has nothing to do with reputation points.

I will continuously update this post to serve as a unofficial FAQ until an official one comes in (hopefully).

Here we go....

What are the things you can do other than just posting questions and answers?

  • Edit your own question if you need to add more information (e.g. source code) or make amendments to it? Click on the "Edit this question" link under the question title:
    Screenshot of Edit Question
  • Format your source code by highlighting the codes and press "Ctrl-K" keys OR click the "Code sample" key
    Screenshot of code sample key
  • Add images using the image key
    Screenshot of image key (restrict the image width to less than 530px)
  • Add a line break by adding 2 spaces to the end of the previous line (else it'll only be rendered as a space)
  • Add a paragraph breaks by inserting 2 line breaks in the editor
  • Add inline codes using the backtick character. The one below the "esc" key and to the left of your "1" key on your keyboard (usually). Here's a sample: <code>my sample</code>
  • Add 4 spaces on a new paragraph (2 line breaks) to start typing codes Screenshot of 4 spaces to code
  • Hyperlink highlighted text by pressing "Ctrl-L" to pop-up the hyperlink dialog
  • Add a picture/avatar to your profile by matching your email (registered on this site) to your gravatar.com account
  • Access the site with ease via most modern mobile phone browsers
    doctype on Opera Mini 5 (view bigger screenshot)
  • more to come....

What are the reputation points for?

When you achieved:

  • 100 pts, you get to edit other users' answers and questions
  • 500 pts, you get to close other users' questions which you feel are inappropriate or are duplicates
  • 1000 pts, you get to delete other users' answers which seem to be spam

What are the good practices encouraged in the doctype.com community?

  • Use comment to feedback to a user's question/answer and not by adding a new answer UNLESS of course you have a genuine one
  • Try to accept an answer to your question unless of course there are none or current answers are not satisfactory
  • Try to elaborate your question by providing Url to a page of the question concerned, codes or simply be more descriptive
  • Try to add appropriate tags to your question so that searching or browsing by tags gives more result
  • Address another user name with a "@" in front. E.g. "@o.k.w, I strongly disagree with your view,......"
  • Try to hyperlink (explicitly) any Url, do not just type http://doctype.com, hyperlink the text into http://doctype.com
  • Ensure that you check back regularly after asking a question as people will usually ask for further information
  • If you see an answer or question that is a spam link, leave it alone. A moderator can only delete the post if there are no comments or down votes on the item.
  • more to come.....

And the Bad?

  • Do not copy and paste source codes without formatting them as code (see above for how to perform code formatting) as it will be rendered literally as what they are and users might not see them. <script>...</script> will not be displayed if not code formatted.
  • Do not answer your own questions, if you found the answer independently of this site add a comment stating this. If someone provided an answer, which while not actually answering your question in full nevertheless led you to find an answer, give rep and leave a comment at least, or award the star answer
  • Do not award the star answer to yourself (this should never happen if you don't answer your own questions anyway)
  • Do not insert image with width wider than 530px which is the width of the question body space
  • Do not bookmark a question by its Url as reflected in the browser's address bar, use the "Short link to this page" on the right sidebar instead; as the former will change with the question title whereas the latter is the permanent one. The url for this question is http://doctype.com/l9F

Any other interesting facts?

  • doctype.com is part of the stack exchange family
  • doctype.com is written in Ruby on Rails
  • Acronymns, OP = original post/poster of the question, rep (pts) = reputation points (anymore anyone?)

Last updated: 2011 Apr 22, 1543 hr GMT

  • Good notes. I will try to Edit updates to answers instead of adding comments as I have been. - Gary Gary Hepting almost 7 years ago
  • Really the website just needs to send an alert on update just like it does for original answer and that would work really well for notifications, too. Gary Hepting almost 7 years ago
  • Nice work o.k.w! I just hit 500 rep and I do see "Edit this question" and "Close this question" links at the top of the post. Mottie almost 7 years ago
  • @Fudgey, thanks for the info! o.k.w almost 7 years ago
  • Just want to add - don't answer your own questions, if you found the answer independently of this site add a comment stating this. If someone provided an answer, which while not actually answering your question in full nevertheless led you to find an answer, give rep and leave a comment at least, or award the star answer. Do not award the star answer to yourself (this should never happen if you don't answer your own questions anyway). Also, do ensure that you check back regularly after asking a question as people will usually ask for further information. danwellman almost 7 years ago
  • @Dan, fantastic points! I've added them. You are welcome to update it as well, I'm sure you have a lot more to add. :) o.k.w almost 7 years ago
  • How 'bout this: Use meta.doctype.com to suggest new features such as FAQs instead of using a Question as a feature request. Andy Ford almost 7 years ago
  • @Andy, meta will still be the platform for feature request. Unfortunately for some unknown reasons, it has been idle for quite sometime, some planned features were never implemented. o.k.w almost 7 years ago
  • @o.k.w. well I still don't see that anyone has used meta.doctype.com to suggest FAQs... that should be the place to start. I appreciate what you're trying to do, but using a doctype Question as an unofficial FAQ is sets an undesirable precedent. Andy Ford almost 7 years ago
  • @Andy, are you proposing requesting in meta for an FAQ features? Or post the FAQ in meta? Go to meta and see for yourself, many feature requests are really valid but never implemented though approved for months. I'd emailed the team (without reply) before writing this post. There are already lots of obvious undesirable stuff here, which I feel the need to act and not wait. Hope you get what I am trying to put across. o.k.w almost 7 years ago
  • @o.k.w. Yes I'm suggesting going to http://meta.doctype.com/ and type the string 'faq' (without quotes) into the text box below the phrase "I suggest you..." It should look something like this: http://img.skitch.com/20100205-8epyuktuua7npafnj9dbbd2di8.png Notice how still no one has used meta.doctype.com to suggest FAQs (even though this 'unofficial FAQ' "question" has been open for at least 6 days). I'm sure the Litmus/Doctype folks are busy like the rest of us and are probably having a hard time keeping up with all the requests, but I don't understand why you haven't even tried using meta.doctype.com. I'd be happy to give 3 votes to a Doctype FAQ page if you suggested it, and I'm sure plenty of other people would too. And you could edit this page to encourage people to go vote it up as well. Andy Ford almost 7 years ago
  • @Andy, ok. I've figure you have a point, no harm trying. :) I've suggested it in meta, check it out at http://meta.doctype.com/forums/26218-general/suggestions/472349-add-an-faq-to-doctype-com. o.k.w almost 7 years ago
  • Nice work @o.k.w. You have "add a line break with 2 spaces" up there twice. Doug over 6 years ago
  • I would like to see the reputation system highlighted. Something like: [If you get an answer that solves your problem, please reward the answerer by marking it with a best answer star. Also, please mark every helpful answer with the "Great answer" button (you can do this on any question, even ones you didn't ask).] As I'm sure most of you have experienced, it is very frustrating/discouraging to take the time to write a well-thought-out answer only to see it seemingly ignored by the questioner! Doug over 6 years ago
  • Oh weird. I just noticed this question is several months old! Wonder why it suddenly showed up at the top of the questions list... Doug over 6 years ago
  • I just added a bullet about not posting a comment or down voting spam so that it can be deleted. Ktash over 5 years ago
  • Added in the bullet about deleting other users answers at 1000 pts. Didn't see anything about it, but since I've passed 1000, I seem to now have that ability. Ktash over 5 years ago