Before you feel offended, note that you in this post doesn't refer to you specifically.
I don't want to see things that don't convey any concrete information towards solving the problem at hand. A non-exhaustive list of things I don't want to see:
- Hi, please, thanks, thanks in advance, kthxbai, etc. Especially "thanks in advance". Also: your name as a signature. Your username is right below the damn post, dammit.
- "I tried searching but found nothing" - This conveys absolutely no worthwhile information whatsoever.
- "This is my friend's/girlfriend's/boyfriend's/grandmother's/my third cousin twice removed on my father's side's priceless one-of-a-kind unicorn's favourite gaming rig/production server."
- "I have/had to submit this tomorrow/yesterday or I'll be fired/my thesis advisor will make me second author instead of first/my wife will leave me." "ARGENT PLZ HALP"
Worst of all, I absolutely hate seeing:
I tried X solution/Y post's answers but they didn't work.
This is the most annoying bit of drivel in any post here. It has so much potential to convey meaningful information. But it fails so, so miserably. Why?
What does "doesn't work" mean?
What happened when you tried? What was expected? What errors did you get? Most importantly: what exactly did you try? If you don't want us to spout the same answers again, tell us what you tried, and what went wrong when you tried it. No more, no less. I'd be happy to help or upvote such a post.