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The Neopian Times Week 142 > Articles > Help Me!

Help Me!

by carnapepper

NEOBOARDS - Everyone in Neopia has had a Neopets-related question before, even you. If you think you haven't, think harder because I guarantee you have at some point. Sometime in your life, you've wondered something like, "I wonder where the Fruit Machine is?" or "I wonder how you get that cool secret avatar?". Everyone has wondered things like these! So what's the best way to get answers to questions such as these? Ask on the boards, of course! Many people realize that the smart decision in this case is to ask for help, and no harm can come from asking a simple question. However, many of these smart people don't know the correct way to ask a question, or the simple etiquette rules that one must follow while asking for help. Never fear, carnapepper is here to save the day! Follow these quick and easy steps and your question will be answered in no time!

Rule One

The first rule of help etiquette is one of the most important. Ask your question on the correct board! There is nothing more annoying to members of the Battledome board (for example) than having people come in and ask where their shop is! If you have a question about shops, make sure you ask them on the Shops board. Or if you have a question about avatars, ask them on the Avatars board! There is a little exception to this rule, however, to make your life as a knowledge seeker easier. That exception is the Help board! The Help board is, obviously, just for help! You can ask any question there without fear of ridicule, and most everyone on the Help board is willing to assist you with whatever question you may have. The kind folks at the Help board are very busy helping people and socializing, however, and may not have time to answer your question quickly. If you have a very specialized question, such as one about a secret avatar, your best bet is to go to the board related to that question for quick answers.

Rule Two

This second rule is very important as well, and if it's not followed, you won't get anywhere in anything, much less getting answers. Be polite! Yes, that's the rule. If you're rude to people who are trying to help you, do you think they're going to want to help you anymore? The answer, of course, is NO! Even on Neopets, the golden rule still applies: Treat others as you want to be treated. Think about it this way... if you were trying to give someone some answers to a question they had, and they started yelling at you because of whatever reason, would you be too excited? Nope, you wouldn't! You'd probably get pretty angry, actually, and maybe even start a fight. Neopets is no place for fights (except in the Battledome, of course)! Remember that behind those avatars and usernames and pretty fonts, there are real people from all over the world, trying to have some fun. Don't ruin that for them just because you're frustrated!

Rule Three

Speak coherently! That is rule number three, and although it isn't quite as important as the first two rules, it still plays a very large role in determining whether or not you're going to get your question answered! Do not purposely spell words incorrectly, such as using "u" instead of "you". That makes people not take you seriously, and then they might not want to answer any questions you have. Also, try and use correct grammar and spelling whenever possible. If you're not sure how to spell a word, whip out the trusty dictionary and look it up. It's really not too difficult to do and it'll make people respect you more and most likely want to answer! It's okay if you make a typo or accidentally use the wrong form of "your" in your sentence, as long as people can generally understand what you're trying to say. However, if your question looks something like this: "omg21!! lyk hoe u gte 2 hiden towr?!11!!?", chances are people won't take the time to answer.

Rule Four

Don't get mad if people won't answer your question. Even if someone posts a simple, "I dunno" in response to your query, don't go off on a rampage and chew them out for it! Just wait patiently, and maybe post something like, "Anyone know the answer?" to bump up your topic to the top of the board. If no one answers for a long time, even after bumping your topic several times, wait another couple minutes and post again. Maybe someone will see this time. Do not post the same message or topic multiple times without waiting for an answer first. That's called spamming and not only is it annoying, it's also a reportable offence, as it slows down the boards and looks messy. Wait calmly and keep repeating this step until someone happens to see your board and takes the liberty of answering for you.

Rule Five

Another highly annoying thing to watch out for is over-repeated topics and questions. I've especially noticed this happening when a new secret avatar is released. Positively everyone on the boards is asking about it and it gets old quickly. So if your question is about something recent like that, check the other topics on the board before making your own. The chances are very high that your question has already been answered. The more times it's been answered already, in fact, the less likely it is that you're going to be helped if you post the same question. So before you post your topic, just quickly skim over most of the recent ones and look for anything related to your question. If you need help with something obscure, however, it's probably safe to assume that you can get away with asking it no matter what.

Generally, a lot of people ask questions all over the Neopets boards. As well as asking questions, helping people is also very rewarding and creates a better Neopia for everyone, so if you've got nothing to ask, try helping out some less fortunate people and sharing your knowledge! Trust me, it's worth it. ;)


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