Ask better

If I linked you to this page, it's because I can't or won't help you. Let's try again.

What are you trying to do?

What problem are you trying to solve? What is your real goal?

Zoom out! Tell me what your goal is, not just where you got stuck. Maybe you took a wrong, dangerous approach. If I help you get unstuck, you will just continue in the wrong direction. To really help you, I must to understand you really want to do.

If you tell me what your goal is, I might know a better way to get there, and we can avoid an XY problem.

What is the problem?

Where are you stuck? What is blocking you? What errors did you get? What are the exact symptoms of the problem?

Tell me exactly what's wrong. Be precise. Give me all the context and information I need to help you. It's a lot faster that way.

Good: "My 2009 Ford Focus won't start. When I turn the key, the dash lights come on, and the radio starts, but the engine does not turn at all."
Not good: "Help my car won't start"

What have you tried so far?

What have you already done to solve your problem? Have you searched for existing solutions? Have you tried any of the solutions? What happened?

If you tell me what did not work, we save a lot of time. I can understand the problem better, and offer more specific help.

Good: "What residence permit options do I have? I can't get a work visa or a Blue Card because I don't have vocational training. Can I move to Germany as a student, or do an internship there instead?

Show me that you tried to solve your problem. If you make zero effort to help yourself - not even a Google search - I will not help you.

Not good: "Help how do I move to Germany"

Are you considerate?

I am happy to help you for free. I only ask for your respect and kindness.

Don't be lazy. Don't take 30 minutes of my time to save 30 seconds of research. If you expect me to do all the work for you, I kindly ask you to hire a professional.

Ask kindly. Treat me like a human being. If you write to me for the first time, take a few seconds to say "hello", "please" and "thank you". Don't be like Liam.