Back to Basics: Drawing a line between Rails and HTML

Railers (if you allow me to you

Railers (if you allow me to you so),

*1. Posting Right Questions*

There are some questions that are not necessarily worthy posting on this
forum. For example, questions on how to create HTML elements like textboxes,
buttons, forms, e.t.c. in Ruby on Rails. These are HTML specific questions.
If one wants to create them using Rails helpers there are tutorials that are
dedicated to that. All in all, there are guides on how to do that on (for example this one: If one is not sure of
something in Ruby on Rails, they may search online first, before posting on
this forum. Things are happening very fast. It is very likely that most of
the "general questions" about RoR have been answered via blog posts or
various forums already. *We need to know the difference between a search
engine and a forum*. Only when there is no tutorial or blog post tackling a
particular question then we can go ahead posting it here.

*2. Differentiating between Ruby and Ruby on Rails Questions*

I don't worry an awful lot about this, although I don't read the pure
ruby forums that much (so in that sense I'm happy to get my dose of
ruby related questions). On top of that, I'm not sure it is always
clear to the person asking the question what is core ruby and what is
a railsisms. To me it's a much more fuzzy line than the html & css
type question.

*3. Framing Questions and Email Titles/Subjects before Posting*

We need to take our time framing our questions before posting them on this
forum. Some of the questions do not make real sense at all. It becomes hard
for us to figure out what someone is looking for, and (I'm sorry to say
that) we tend to ignore them. Some of the subjects are too general like "I
need help" , "I have problems with my Rails application" or "Newbie

Sometimes it's even hard to work out what the question is, or it takes
multiple back and forths to coax out the relevant piece of
information. Treading the line between too much and too little
information does require some skill.

*4. Posting Jobs*

Let me take advantage to remind everyone that when we are posting about an
open job position or looking for a Rails developer, we are requested to
prefix email subject with [JOBS] tag. I cannot say why we need that, but
that is a request that is clearly spelled out on the forums page.

There was a discussion a few years back about whether or not jobs
posts should be allowed here. In the end, the compromise emerged that
if they were easily identifiable (eg by having a tag in the subject)
then those not interested can filter them out relatively easily. It's
not stuck to very rigorously (not counting the countless job postings
that have nothing to do with rails that never make it to the mailing


Well said. While language barriers may occasionally keep a member
from asking a question properly, it is TRULY in the best interest of
the user to ask a well-written, intelligent, pertinent question. I'm
a recent college grad and am appalled by the lack of creativity/
ingenuity/drive displayed by my own student peers.

It seems common enough for people to find a forum and ask a question,
rather than research the topic themselves. Personally, I tend to
exhaust all resources before asking people for help, and then I take
quite a bit of time in formulating my question.

Recently I joined Stack Overflow (which many of you are likely
familiar with) and they have very clear information about how to post
on and use their forums. Included in this information is scoop about
asking questions clearly, I think all people who use forums for
knowledge should adhere to similar policies.

Because really, these forums are our tools and communities combined.
Abuse them, use them poorly, and they'll probably stop working
properly for you.

All good guidelines. It’s unfortunate that the people who follow this mailing list most closely (and therefore are most likely to read this post) are probably the ones who are already adhering to best practices.