Originally Posted by willwren
We get hundreds of new posts per day. With the complicated problems, most people will stay out of it and wait for a gearhead. If a gearhead misses your post, just repost it or bump it.
Speaking for myself only, I'll respond if I have anything useful to contribute, but to tell the truth, I don't even look at meaningless Subject lines like "HELP!" or "Need help with car" or "What does this mean?" and that kind of thing unless I've covered everything else first. i.e. If I can't tell what the topic of the posting is from the Subject line, I'm not going to open it to see; I don't have that much free time.
There are so many people in this forum that not everyone is going to get answered, and sometimes people just plain don't know the answer to your question. The best you can do is
1) Frame a coherent Subject line that will summarize what you need to have answered and
2) Write a clear description of what the situation is.
You don't have to be brief or terse; if you need to go into a lot of detail, feel free, but please be clear so we can understand the issue(*), or else we'll waste time having to get followup questions answered from you before we can make any meaningful suggestions. Since a lot of us participate here only on lunchbreaks or after work, that can mean wasting an entire day spent having to ask you followup questions and waiting around for the answer to arrive, so more detail is probably better than less when posting a problem in the first place.
And finally, please don't lard up your posting with humongous images that have nothing to do with the Subject. Those of us on dialup lines have to download all that stuff every single time, and it doesn't happen fast. Stick to text or relevant images only, and we can all get in, get out, get done and get back to driving.