Tip #76: Use Your Community

As MVP’s we get a lot of unsolicited questions from some members of the community.  Just so you know, as a method of practice, I do not respond to these and that also goes for some other members of the MVP community.

Our recommendation, which will definitely get you better results than asking one person, is to do a number of things.

1. Do a Bing/Google search for your problem:   There are a number of great blogs and forums out there.  Chances are you are not the first person to experience your particular issue.

If that Google/Bing search doesn’t work, then…

2. Use your forums:  There are so many great ones to choose from.  Here are a few good ones.

We don’t mean to seem so rigid, but the reason for this is two fold. Here’s the reasons:

1. If you ask your question in these public arenas then people can search for it in the forums and through search engines in the future.  So you are contributing to the community with your question.

2. If you ask the question to just one or two MVP’s then only one or two people will see it.  If you ask the question in the public forums you will have many people see it.  I guarantee you that you have a lot better chance of getting a better answer that way.


Jamie Miley

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