Welcome to Teachnovice Q&A, where you can ask questions and receive answers from other members of the community.

This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Frequently-asked Questions

The following is basic information about our forum. Please read this before posting questions or answers if you are unfamiliar with this sort of forum. Click on any question to show or hide the answer.
  • What topics can I ask about here?
  • TeachNovice Q&A is for computer enthusiasts, managing information technology systems in a business environment and Unix and Linux Stack Exchange is for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems.

    If you have a question about

    • managing the hardware or software of servers, workstations, storage or networks
    • tools used for administering, monitoring, or automating these
    • deployment to and management of third-party provided information technology platforms
    • computer hardware,
    • computer software, or
    • personal and home computer networking
    • software requirements
    • software architecture and design
    • algorithm and data structure concepts
    • development methodologies and processes
    • software engineering management
    • quality assurance and testing
    • software licensing
    • Using or administering a *nix desktop or server
    • The Unix foundation underlying OS X (but generally not frontend application questions)
    • The underlying *nix OS on an embedded system or handheld device (e.g. an Android phone)
    • Shell scripting
    • Applications packaged in *nix distributions (note: being cross-platform does not disqualify)
    • UNIX C API and System Interfaces

    and is not about:

    • working with a service provider's management interface, such as cPanel
    • product, service, or learning material recommendations
    • product licensing inquiries or legal advice
    • career, salary, personnel, employment, or formal education
    • unauthorized use or misuse of IT systems
    • websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress,
    • electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer,
    • what project you should do next
    • what book you should read next
    • where to find a software library, tool or other resource
    • product or service recommendations
    • personal lifestyle, including relationships and non-programming activities
    • legal assistance

      then you’re in the right place to ask your question!

      Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

  • What kinds of questions should be avoided?
  • Please avoid asking questions that are not related to our community, too subjective or argumentative.
  • What should I avoid in my answers?
  • TeachNovice Q&A is a question and answer site - it is not a discussion group. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the quality of the forum.

    For brief discussion, or to thank someone for their answer, please post comments, not answers.
  • Who moderates this community?
  • The short answer is: you. This website is moderated by the users. Points system allows users to earn rights to perform a variety of moderation tasks.
  • How does point system work?
  • When a question or answer is voted up, the user who posted it will gain points. These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in that person. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points.

    For example, if you ask an interesting question or useful answer, it will likely be voted up. On the other hand if the question is poorly-worded or the answer is misleading - it will likely be voted down. Each up vote on a question will generate 1 points, whereas each vote against will subtract 1 points. The following table lists points gained per activity:

    Posting a question: + 10 points
    Selecting an answer for your question: + 30 points
    Per up vote on your question: + 10 points
    Per down vote on your question: + 10 points
    Limit from up votes on each question: + 100 points
    Limit from down votes on each question: 30 points
    Posting an answer: + 40 points
    Having your answer selected as the best: + 300 points
    Per up vote on your answer: + 20 points
    Per down vote on your answer: + 20 points
    Limit from up votes on each answer: + 200 points
    Limit from down votes on each answer: 50 points
    Voting up a question: + 10 points
    Voting down a question: + 10 points
    Voting up an answer: + 10 points
    Voting down an answer: + 10 points
    Add for all users: + 0 points

    The following table lists point requirements for each type of moderation task.

  • How to change my picture (gravatar), and what is gravatar?
  • The picture that appears in user profiles is called a gravatar, which means globally recognized avatar.

    Here is how it works: You upload your picture (or your favorite alter ego image) to the website gravatar.com from where we later retrieve your image using a cryptographic key based on your email address.

    This way all the websites you trust can show your image next to your posts and your email address remains private.

    Please personalize your account with an image - just register at gravatar.com (just please be sure to use the same email address that you used to register with us). The default gray image is generated automatically.
  • Still have questions?
  • Please ask your question and help make our community better!

    If there is anything lacking, please use the feedback form.