Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is a Question/Answer community different from a typical forum?

A Question/Answer community is different from a typical forum because it focuses on finding answers to the questions of its members. A typical forum, by contrast, operates more like a discussion group, where people are free to give their opinions and topics tend to be more subjective.

By keeping a laser focus on questions and answers, this community ensures that finding answers to existing questions - and getting answers to new questions - can be done without any distractions.

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 for questions by their title, content, or tags.

What kinds of questions should be avoided?

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

What should I avoid in my answers?

The Advantage 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 essence of questions and answers. For brief discussions please use commenting facility.

Are there any tools available to help format a question for better clarity?

Yes. The site uses Markdown to help with formatting questions and answers. When asking or answering a question there are a number of buttons available to help format a list of item, source code, etc. In addition, more information about the Markdown syntax can be found here

How do I respond to a request for additional information?

If you asked a question and someone's comment or answer requires additional information, you can edit your original question and add the information or you can add another comment. The goal is to end up with a complete and concise question that someone can read in the future and then (hopefully) read the top answer for a solution. If the additional information clarifies and/or expands the question, then editing the original question is probably the best choice. Otherwise, you a comment may be the best choice. The one thing to avoid is adding a new answer to "respond" to another answer. The only time you should add an answer to your own question is if it actually answers the question.

Why are email notifications so important?

Email notifications are the bedrock of a successful question and answer community. These notifications allow community members to be notified of important events, such as:

  • When their questions have been answered
  • When one of their posts is commented on by another member
  • When other members post new questions, answers, or comments in their area of interest

The success of the community relies upon community member involvement, and members are much more likely to become involved, active participants on the site when they're notified of interesting developments. That is why this community considers a valid email address as a requirement for participating in the community and using this site.

If you're already a member of this community and haven't validated your email address, you can do so here. If you aren't yet a member of this community, join up by creating a new account.

Who moderates this community?

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

How does the reputation system work?

When a question or answer is upvoted, the user who posted them will gain some points, which are called "reputation points". These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in 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 2 points. There is a limit of 200 points that can be accumulated per question or answer. The table below explains the different ways your reputation can change:

Initial and minimum reputation1
A question or answer that you wrote is upvoted+15
A question or answer that you wrote is downvoted-2
You downvote a question or answer-1
An answer you wrote is accepted (not your own question)+25
You accept an answer on your question (not your own answer)+5

The table below explains the reputation requirements for each task.

General usage
Add comments0
Upvote comments0
Upload files26
Create tags300
Retag questions500
Edit any question/answer1000
Flag a post (as spam, offensive, etc.)15
View offensive flags30
Close own questions200
Reopen own questions500
Delete comments2000
Promote a comment to an answer500
Convert an answer to a comment500
Close any question2000

What is a 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. The default gravatar appears as a square filled with a snowflake-like figure. You can set your image at

To participate in this community, do I need to create new account?

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?

Allowing experienced members of this community to curate the questions and answers improves the overall quality of the knowledge base content. If this approach is not for you, we respect your choice.

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