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6 step guide on how to ask for help.

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I have recently been receiving a lot of messages asking for help. And generally i’m a helpful guy, i answer questions, make tutorials etc.

But more and more i’m getting the following messages, and they are all the same. First the person asks me how i am and then asks me to explain something that could be googled. So i decided i need to write a little tutorial on how to ask people for help.

So first Example of how not to ask for help:

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The next one is slightly better, because at least he tells me what he wants and doesn’t waste my time with small talk.

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But they are both bad, and i don’t really want to answer them. The thing is there are people who message me randomly out of the blue and i answer and help them, and have been over the course of many years. Some even pay me when they can, have a lot of good long term relation ships springing from just people asking me questions. But these people seem to be just lazy and just want me to do their work for them.

So… How should you ask a question that i would want to answer?

  1. Google your question.
  2. Try using what you found to make something
  3. Ask the question on a forum like c4dcafe.com Or a cinema4d facebook group, or twitter or cinema 4d slack/discord channel.
  4. Try make something
  5. Now if you still haven’t figured something out, you can show me what you made with a screen shot( and maybe a link to your file hosted of wetransfer.com) and ask me what you can’t figure out. And i will most likely make a tutorial about it.
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    read rest of article on my site: https://ace5studios.com/ask-help/
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I feel for you. I used to get these regularly when I was running the cafe. What used to irk me was like in your first example where they used sloppy language and can't even be bothered identifying themselves. If they expect me to take the time to answer then at the very least they should take the time to ask properly and give me their name.

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We should also mention posting in the right category. I have to move 98% of the threads from new users in the cafe every time they post !

 

CBR

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Don’t we all love the guy who pops out of nowhere to ask a question and then doesn’t even take the time or courtesy to reply back after he’s received a thoughtful answer. I say some sort of acknowledgment or maybe even a ‘thank you’ is required operating procedure for anyone seeking help.

 

People providing help are getting nothing out of it 98% of the time. At least honor a fellow human’s generosity for helping you.

 

I think we sometimes are morally obliged to *not* help certain people. We owe it to ourselves to not be abused by the laziness, greed and opportunism of others.

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On 3/25/2019 at 8:40 PM, Icecaveman said:

Don’t we all love the guy who pops out of nowhere to ask a question and then doesn’t even take the time or courtesy to reply back after he’s received a thoughtful answer. I say some sort of acknowledgment or maybe even a ‘thank you’ is required operating procedure for anyone seeking help.

It's so easy with the thumbs up.  One click is all that is needed.

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