Why do some novices disregard advice and/or best practices? What can be done to persuade them to heed general guidelines? I'm an aquarist, and repeatedly I see a significant number of people doing things that will result in the harm or death of their fish, and it's due to well known problems. Yet many novices attempt those things anyway, with predicable results. I'm trying to understand to explore what advice could be given that would change the outcome. [more inside]
How does an online chat community (i.e. IRC, Slack) work best? How does it function and what is it good for? [more inside]
I have a new laptop (PC, Windows 7 Pro, Toshiba). What should I do/download/install/uninstall/set up to keep it running in tiptop brand new shape? [more inside]
My firm needs a coding/numbering system for proposals, estimates, and invoicing to be used for bookkeeping and accounting. Ideally, this system will reference clients and projects, so proposals can be tracked to invoices, and vice-versa. Please recommend your favorite/best practices for coding and numbering systems for proposals, estimates, and invoicing!
I think I was at a science fiction convention once and they had guidelines on asking questions during the questions and answers part of a session. It had a list of things to consider such as: don't use your turn to comment rather than ask a question. I'd really love to find it again so that I can use it for other events, and also have session chairs know the guidelines so that they can encourage good q&a sessions.
A colleague wants to deepen his understanding of online publishing (and I do, too!) -- how do the big print magazine/newspaper publishers manage their online publications, and what are the smaller, newer, younger online-only publications doing, too. Topics of interest run the gamut, from editorial policy to metrics. [more inside]
My co-workers and I have created a "living" (continually updated) manual for some processes we do with some associated agencies, but none of us are technical writers or copy editors, so we're looking for assistance in the structure and appearance. Please share your experiences, guides, and tutorials for creating and managing a manual that won't remain in a fixed form. [more inside]
What are some best practices that you use on a regular basis as part of your workday? [more inside]
Fellow nonprofit pros, who approves time sheets submitted by your president/ED/CEO? After some recent personnel changes at our nonprofit we're having an internal debate, and I could use some input. Options so far: - Have the board chair approve (accounting likes, prez doesn't) - Have me (HR) scan for general accuracy of data entry (which lacks oversight) - Multiple approval process by small committee (yay! another committee!) An internet search has turned up precious little in the way of best practices. Any thoughts?
I'm looking for examples, good and bad, of corporations or institutions pushing a decorative element or motif across all of their branding. Note: this decorative element must be in addition to and distinct from the expected logo/wordmark. [more inside]
Are there some established practices for writing credits (cast and crew) on theater productions? In my case, I make weekly audioplays and have five to ten people helping me each week, with some people working in multiple roles. So I don't need to do too much here. But I'd like to present the project and the people that work on it professionally. And I'd like to be fair and consistent in how people are credited, avoiding angst and hurt feelings. [more inside]
I will be managing a remote Indian Infrastructure Support Help Desk. Not a call center, but we'll be handling all Tier I issues for Desktop and NOC operations for a major US client. I'm trying to come up with a document to detail the *"best practices" for connecting to their network*. [more inside]
Short version: what are the best practices when asking for charity donations? [more inside]
I want to create a github project consisting of a main library with derivative variations, such as Drupal and Wordpress plugins. Can you point me to existing projects with this kind of structure? I'd love to learn from existing projects that do it well. [more inside]
How do you communicate your internal IT outages? [more inside]
Use case scenarios: now that iPhones, iPads and Android devices can do a lot of what desktops can do, either natively or through web apps, what are some of the biggest uses/implementations of those devices to access remote computers? In other words, what do YOU use mobile remote desktop services for? [more inside]
What I should be reading about the general concept of "best practices"? [more inside]
How does one go about learning to think ahead? Great chess players think several, if not many, moves ahead. I want to do that in life. What do you suggest? [more inside]
What are your best practices for collecting best practices? I would like to do this online somehow for a group of organizations. [more inside]
I often see big-deal blogs such as Consumerist using third-party Flickr pictures to illustrate stories. I'm under the impression that when these pictures are tagged with an appropriate Creative Commons license, that such use is ok (as long as it falls under the restrictions set forth). But if it's explicitly tagged 'All Rights Reserved' how is this OK? Are they getting permission in each instance?
What are some best practices for taking a relationship from long distance to not? [more inside]
My job is sending me to Haiti for a month. Help? [more inside]
When did you have a great interaction with technical support, and what did the technician do to make the experience better? In-person encounters preferred, but call-ins also welcomed. [more inside]
Do you know of any art galleries with really great web sites? [more inside]
Looking for examples of websites that engage/inform/empower the communities and readers they serve. Examples include barackobama.com, greenforall.org and (in terms of content, not presentation/interface) this site for the UK Improvement and Development Agency. [more inside]
Visual Studio for the confused: I've inherited a C#/ASPX Net 1.1 application from what appears to have been some fairly low-skill software developers. The language, systems environment, and cleaning up the software itself aren't problems, but what the hell am I supposed to do with all this IDE stuff? I need learning resources. [more inside]
I'm working for a newer growing, small business (4-5 employees or so). We have to send emails containing the same information to existing customers. For example, we have to notify customers about their accounts (for example, their CC/billing information becomes outdated) or customers send us a question. We're looking for an efficient way to do this. [more inside]
HR-Filter: Company I work for is looking to do a voluntary EEO Self-Identification Survey on 1,500 existing employees. Looking for ideas on "Best Practices." Read explanation for more. [more inside]
IT Heads: Vista Business Best Practices on a Domain? [more inside]
How do you calculate the burden a bit of code is likely to put on the server? Extra points for free and easily understood. [more inside]
CSS Filter: making tight CSS files, style guides and learning best practices – help needed. [more inside]
Looking for resources on specific programming topics, with a particular teaching methodology (basically, applied examples and real-world walkthroughs). Some of the topics are C#-specific. Some are more general, but would preferably be taught from a C# (or at least .NET) perspective. [more inside]
I'm building a website that will offer some video content. Where can I find best practices/recommendations/accessibility guidelines for video content? [more inside]
i run an online store specializing in products made by independent designers, and i get loads of product submissions that use vinyl/PVC - handbags, purses, even furniture. i've long thought of vinyl as bad for the environment, and i've heard claims it's even unhealthy to handle. but the facts are hard to come by. now i've stumbled upon this article. so - should i rethink my assumption that vinyl is evil? from a business perspective, i sort of hope so, b/c some of the vinyl products i'm seeing are very cool...
When my company discusses web design service with potential clients, they generally *always* balk and get ornery about the cost. Most of the time, we're working for small businesses, so understandably, $5-$10k is a substantial chunk of change for people to shell out. We don't get upset when we lose bids for being too expensive because we've always been taught that compromising our rate is not the solution... you simply can't meet everyone's budget. That being said, we turn away enough people who expect websites to cost $500-$1500 that I think there might be a market supportive enough to create solutions for. [come inside, won'tcha?] [more inside]