How To Ask Good Questions

David Miller justdave at
Fri Jun 29 01:45:27 UTC 2007

Gervase Markham wrote on 6/28/07 8:10 AM:
> In, we have recently been getting a large
> quantity of (what I see as) low quality requests for help.
> I sometimes point people to:
> but it's very long, and hard to read and digest, particulary if English
> is not your native language.
> So, I have come up with this:
> What do people think of the page?
> I am eager to keep it to the most important things, so suggestions for
> additions will need good rationale.
> And more generally, is it worth starting to point more people to a
> resource like this earlier in the process?

I think this is great.  I've added a link to it to the text that is
mailed to non-subscribers who post to the support-bugzilla list via
email. (The one that tells them they need to subscribe before they can
post and warns them that it's a public forum and not a private support

That text now reads:

Your message to the support-bugzilla mailing list was automatically
rejected. In order to prevent confusion from users, thinking the
support-bugzilla list address is a one-on-one support venue, non-member
posting has been turned off.

Messages to the support-bugzilla mailing list are in public (including
each sender's email address), and archived on Google Groups, at .

To post to the support-bugzilla mailing list, you must subscribe to the
mailing list. You can do so (for free, of course) by going to .

Enter your email address (your posts will be in public).

Create a password.

Re-enter the password.

Then click on "Subscribe".

A message, asking you to confirm your subscription, will be sent to the
address you entered. Click on the link in the confirmation message. In
the resulting web page, click on "Subscribe to list support-bugzilla".

Before posting your question to the list, please take a look at for some guidance
on how to get your questions answered the most quickly and completely.

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Dave Miller                         
System Administrator, Mozilla Corporation
Project Leader, Bugzilla Bug Tracking System

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