Ask Experts questions guidelinesTECians are requested to follow certain guidelines when submitting questions in our Ask Experts section.
1. Use the search box first and check if the query is already submitted. If it has been submitted in the last 2 months, avoid submitting the same question again. You should submit it only if there is some specific aspect which has not been covered by the previously posted query on the same topic. For example, do not submit queries on the latest smartphone, asking about its features and price if it has already been submitted. However, you could submit a query on some app or software related to that particular smartphone.
2. Ensure that you are selecting the right category and sub-category. If your query is related to an app, do not submit in the computers and smart devices category. This is meant for queries on smartphones, computers and other similar related gadgets. You should submit your query on an app only in the software & apps category.
In case you are not very sure of which category to post your query, you can submit in: Ask Experts » General Questions » Other Questions. The editors will shift it to the correct category if required.
3. Do not put "Hi" or "Hello" or "Dear experts" at the beginning of the text or "Regards" and your name at the end of the text. Avoid all types of salutations. Just post your query.
4. Do not spam - no links, whether clickable or text, are allowed in any part of the text. You should also not put the text URL of your blog/website or of any other site at the end of your query.
Note: You may put one direct internal link within your query which connects to a query that is related to it. For example, I have posted a query on Skype services and fees. Later, if I have a query related to some specific feature of Skype, I could give a link to the earlier query. Remember, though, not to provide such an internal link in every query! It will be considered as spamming. It should be put if and only if it is really relevant and related to the previous query.
5. Do not put any contact details at the end of your text, such as email ID, phone number, etc.
6. Do put a good title! At the same time, avoid keyword stuffing in the title as search engines will not approve of it. Avoid lengthy titles and try to restrict it to 7-8 words. Also, do not put 2 questions in the title.
7. The text of your query should also be precise and concise, not a long rambling one. Check response #19413 in this thread.