Mailing list

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The mailing list for the Scottish Linux User Group is hosted over here at lug.org.uk . It isn't as busy as #scotlug. For a mailing list where you can get timely answers you might want to try EdLUG.

Before You Ask

Before asking a technical question by e-mail, or in a newsgroup, or on a website chat board, do the following:

  1. Try to find an answer by searching the archives of the forum you plan to post to.
  2. Try to find an answer by searching the Web.
  3. Try to find an answer by reading the manual.
  4. Try to find an answer by reading a FAQ.
  5. Try to find an answer by inspection or experimentation.
  6. Try to find an answer by asking a skilled friend. debatable. Some skilled friends will refer you off to ask a good question by one of these means, where they can answer it in public and therefore make better use of their time!
  7. If you're a programmer, try to find an answer by reading the source code. Even if you've not used this particular language before.

The above were adapted from How to Ask Smart Questions by Rick Moen and Eric Raymond. That's a very verbose and complete summary of how and how not to behave.