Dan Pihlaja

How do I do this SOLIDWORKS Forum thing?

Blog Post created by Dan Pihlaja on Jul 20, 2018
  1. If you are new here....please look into these threads.
    1. Get Started in the community
      1. Tips on how to create your profile and stay connected (to say the least!)
    2. Forum Posting
      1. Tips on searching for answers, posting a question, updating your profile and editing posts (there's more too!)
      2. Here is a screen shot of one of the most important steps from the post:
      3. Written by Deepak Gupta
    3. Request for Forum Etiquette
      1. A general reminder of etiquette while on a public forum and where to post off topic responses.
      2. Written by Dennis Dohogne
    4. Please use the Quote Previous Message Functionality
      1. Tips on how to quote someone else while replying to a post (very important, especially on long threads).
      2. Written by Jim Wilkinson
    5. How to ask a good question in the API forum
      1. This one is specific to API, but I think that it applies everywhere else, too!
      2. Tips on how to keep questions short and to the point
      3. Written by Keith Rice
  2. Regarding Questions:
    1. First, please do some research. Either by searching using the tips from Forum Posting or by searching using these Excel documents that John Stoltzfus has created.
    2. If you've asked a question and have received a sufficient answer to move forward, then please MARK THAT ANSWER AS CORRECT.
      1. If there are multiple answers that are correct:
        1. Then post a reply summarizing all the correct answers (make sure you give them credit) or
        2. Pick the best suited one.
        3. If multiple answer are the same, then pick the one that was posted first.
      2. This is important for future people who are trying to find the answers to their questions
        1. The ones who are following the tips listed above in the linked posts.
    3. If you found the answer on your own, then please post the answer for other people who have the same question.
    4. If you have not received a sufficient answer, please don't post the question a 2nd time. Other options include:
      1. Edit the question and reword it or add pictures and attach models.....maybe no one understands.
      2. Post a "bump" reply to your own question.
        1. This will pop it to the top of the forum page. (or just edit it and hit post without actually changing anything)
    5. If you post a question, and later, have a different question:
      1. Please create a new question instead of asking the question in your original one.
      2. This is important, because the new question can easily get lost in the hustle and bustle if just posted as a reply.
    6. When you ask a question, please reference which version of Solidworks you are using. This will help a lot.
    7. Posting screen shots with your question will help the answerers a lot as well.
      1. The Windows Snipping tool comes with Windows 7 & 10 for free. Link for instructions on how to use snipping tool.
      2. I personally use Greenshot, a free program for capturing screenshots. http://getgreenshot.org/
      3. Once you copy the snapshot, you can just paste it right into the body of your question.
    8. Uploading a file generally helps a lot.
      1. If you can't share the actual file, then recreate the problem in a sample file and upload that.
      2. Use Pack and Go to create a zip and upload that. 2017 SOLIDWORKS Help - Pack and Go Overview
      3. How can I attach a file to a forum post? written by Glenn Schroeder

  3. If you don't actually have a question, but you still want to discuss something that you feel is important:
    1. Then you can uncheck the "Mark this discussion as a question" check box.
      1. This will turn this thread into a discussion rather than question and open the floor up for lively discussion.
  4. If you have created a question and someone has a secondary question, or the topic has gone in a different direction:
    1. Then as the author of the original question, you have the option to "Branch" a discussion out into a separate thread.
      1. This is also important for future people who are trying to find the answers to their questions



Edit History:

07/27/2018: Added Fc and Gc

11/20/2018: Reformatted the numbering Scheme

03/15/2019: added 1Bb screen shot of Deepak's search suggestion