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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does all this work? 1- Search to see if someone has already asked your question.

2a- Found someone who has already asked your question? Use the thumb button to up vote the question to make it easier for the next person to find.

2b- Can't find anyone who has asked your question? Create a new question by pressing the 'ask a question' button in the top right. Put in as much detail as you can. Include a sample file if possible and any scripting details.

3- Help others! Can answer somebodies question, or is the existing answers out of date or just wrong? Create a new answer and put in as much detail as you can, including step by step instructions.

4- Has someone answered a question you asked? Use the tick answer next to the answer to mark it as correct. This makes it easier for other people to find the answers to similar problems.

5- Don't create answers thanking people. Use voting and ticks to thank people instead. This increases their 'reputation' or 'karma' (the number next to your name when you sign in). It also makes helpful questions and answers much easier for other people to find.

What kinds of questions can I ask here?

Most importantly - questions should be relevant to this community. Before you ask - please make sure to search for a similar question. You can search questions by their title or tags.

What kinds of questions should be avoided?

Please avoid asking questions that are not relevant to this community, too subjective and argumentative.

What should I avoid in my answers?

OSQA: Open Source Q&A Forum is a question and answer site - it is not a discussion group. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the essense of questions and answers. For the brief discussions please use commenting facility.

Who moderates this community?

The short answer is: you. This website is moderated by the users. Karma system allows users to earn rights to perform a variety of moderation tasks

How does the karma system work?

When a question or answer is upvoted, the user who posted them will gain some points, which are called "karma points". These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust to him/her. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points.

For example, if you ask an interesting question or give a helpful answer, your input will be upvoted. On the other hand if the answer is misleading - it will be downvoted. Each vote in favor will generate 15 points, each vote against will subtract 15 points. There is a limit of 200 points that can be accumulated per question or answer. The table below explains karma requirements for each type of moderation task.

  • add comments -> 1
  • delete comments -> 400
  • close own questions -> 60
  • reopen own questions -> 120
  • retag questions -> 150
  • edit any answer -> 400
  • open any closed question -> 600
  • delete any comment -> 400

What is gravatar?

Gravatar means globally recognized avatar - your unique avatar image associated with your email address. It's simply a picture that shows next to your posts on the websites that support gravatar protocol. By default gravar appears as a square filled with a snowflake-like figure. You can set your image at

To register, do I need to create new password?

No, you don't have to. You can login through any service that supports OpenID, e.g. Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. Login now!

Why can other people can edit my questions/answers?

Goal of this site is... So questions and answers can be edited like wiki pages by experienced users of this site and this improves the overall quality of the knowledge base content. If this approach is not for you, we respect your choice.

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