How to be great at asking coding questions

Gordon Zhu
Sep 17, 2016 · 5 min read

The Situation

The Process

1. Understand the code to the best of your ability.

2. Clearly describe the problem.

3. Provide the code that illustrates the problem.

4. Make sure the code you’re sharing can reproduce the problem.

5. You must provide a live working demo unless it’s impossible (it’s probably not).

6. Format your code consistently.

7. Check yourself for typos.

8. Explain what you did to troubleshoot the problem.

9. Explain what you think the problem might be.

10. Proofread your question.

11. Send updates and remember this will not be your last question.

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