Tags dealing with the tone or manner of Questions
Tags are sometimes used to indicate something about the form or tone or manner of a question, rather than about the Question itself. These tags are usually applied by people who read the Questions. A few the tags people apply are more factual than anything, but some of them hint that the poster should improve the way the question was written.
- "doit4me": indicates that someone feels that your Question is asking people to solve your problem for you, or if your Question is interpreted to have been written like an order rather than a request. Your Question will likely be tagged with this if you ask for code without showing an attempt to solve the problem yourself. Homework tagged with "doit4me" will seldom be answered. If your Question gets tagged with "doit4me" it is advisable to rephrase the question to show your efforts, and to ask questions about a portion of the topic rather than imply you expect someone to show you how to do everything
- "homework": indicates that someone assessed the Question to be about a class assignment or a class project (such as a final-year project). This is sometimes used to signal that it is inadvisable to give direct solutions to the question where teaching is more appropriate than a direct solution. It is also used to signal Questions in which the asker copied directly from the assignment and appears to expect other people to do the assignment on their behalf. Some volunteers choose to skip homework Questions, but other volunteers choose to give longer more explanatory responses to improve understanding of the subject matter, and tend to be more patient when they know the person asking is a student. Thus a tag of "homework" is not necessarily a bad thing. However, the volunteers tend to dislike when homework questions are not acknowledged as being direct homework questions; and if direct copies of an assignment are posted without the asker showing any work, then the Question will usually receive no useful responses.
- "no attempt": indicates that the poster does not appear to have made an attempt to solve the problem by them-self. Volunteers tend to skip "no attempt" questions. If your Question gets tagged with this, then you should edit the Question to demonstrate that you have made efforts to solve the problem. The volunteers would rather show you how to fix code that needs improvement than to hand you an unearned answer. If your posting gets tagged both "homework" and "no attempt" then you have a lot of re-writing to do.
- "no_details": indicates that the Question was found to be too broad or too brief to give a useful answer.
- "no question": indicates that the Question left out actually asking anything. Sometimes this is just an accident, overlooked because the asker was concentrating on explaining the problem, but sometimes the tag hints that the Question was interpreted as being a demand rather than a request. "homework" and "no question" and "no attempt" as a trio are usually often added to Questions where the asker posted a homework question without adding anything else, and thus is giving the implicit order to "Do my homework for me!"
- "retag": indicates that the poster has been asked to read this Guide and add meaningful tags to their Question (e.g., if the only tag added was the useless "matlab") Please do not add this tag "retag" simply as a signal that the Question needs better tags: ask the poster for better tags before adding this one. This tag is used to make it easier for editors to track which Questions are waiting on the poster to re-tag them, reducing redundant checking of Questions
- "sendit2me": indicates that the Question asks for people to email answers or code. Some volunteers may choose not to respond to such Questions, and other volunteers will ignore that portion and respond on the MATLAB Answers system instead. For best response, avoid asking or implying that people should send you solutions instead of posting them.
- "urgent": indicates that the poster asked for high-priority response. These upset volunteers for many reasons. If one of your Questions is tagged with this, you should very likely edit your question to remove indications that you are asking for special consideration.
- "energizer bunny": indicates that the question and response sequence is going on and on and on, with no end in sight.