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Best practices for Excel workbooks?

What are your best practices for error checking when creating and maintaining Excel workbooks? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Nov 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Putting better behavior into practice.

I'm a dreamer, and always enjoy coming across beautiful thoughts on ways of living and thinking. Some seem to be so worthy of making change about! But they always only make marginal impact for about as long as I can hold them in my mind. Aside from those realizations that demand that a change happen right-then-and-there, how do you bring yourself to incorporate new ideas into your actions, mind, and lifestyle? Do you do this? [more inside]
posted by a good beginning on Oct 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Modern Software Development Best Practices

Can you recommend practical, concrete resources discussing modern software development best practices, particularly for web development? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 20, 2016 - 3 answers

I'm moving, difficulty medium, what are some general purpose tips?

I'll be moving our (small-ish, fits in a 26 foot rental truck) belongings to our new home and setting up shop before my wife and child follow after me in a week or so. What are some tips you learned from your last move that you wish you had learned prior to your last move? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jul 5, 2016 - 43 answers

Unsettled issues for a software development team

How much back and forth about the nitty-gritty of software development is healthy on a team? Are teams more productive if they spend less time on these issues—or more? Do we know? [more inside]
posted by brett on May 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Somebody said GYOB... so they did

To try to structure some irritating obsessions into halfway constructive output, I want to a. get a blog, and b. make some fanvids. I need basic rundowns of how to do these basic things fairly basically, in terms adapted to the meanest understanding. [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Amateur Historian Seeking Advice on Interviewing Sources

I'm writing a book about an event in local history and I'm doing a lot of new research using primary sources. As part of this, I've been interviewing descendants of the parties involved. What is the protocol or best practice for sharing your findings with them? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Why do some novices resistant to advice & best practices?

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]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 9, 2015 - 22 answers

Best college practices re: transgender students

What are the best practices right now, as far as official college policies dealing with transgender students' needs? For example, making it easy to change your name on campus records. Are there any good examples of colleges doing things right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Best practices for online chat rooms/communities?

How does an online chat community (i.e. IRC, Slack) work best? How does it function and what is it good for? [more inside]
posted by alicat on Apr 7, 2015 - 3 answers

New Laptop Best Practices

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]
posted by booksherpa on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Feel Like A Number

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!
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Where did I read good advice for structuring q&a sessions for a talk?

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.
posted by bleary on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Trade Blogs and Publications for Online Publishers?

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]
posted by notyou on Jul 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for best practices for creating a "living" manual

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]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Best practices for your workday!

What are some best practices that you use on a regular basis as part of your workday? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 16, 2014 - 19 answers

Who approves the approver?

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?
posted by vverse23 on Feb 27, 2014 - 17 answers

How much branding is too much?

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]
posted by bricoleur on Jun 26, 2013 - 27 answers

Writing credits for small theater productions.

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]
posted by ErikH2000 on May 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Need to set up best-practices for Help Desk/NOC Monitoring team

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]
posted by PetiePal on Mar 11, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me with charity fundraising

Short version: what are the best practices when asking for charity donations? [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Any examples of Github projects with a main library and derivatives?

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]
posted by kristi on Nov 27, 2012 - 3 answers

How do you communicate Enterprise IT outages?

How do you communicate your internal IT outages? [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

I've painted myself into a box...

What are the top "best practices" for graphic designers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 7 answers

What do YOU use mobile remote desktop services for?

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]
posted by malaprohibita on Oct 7, 2011 - 12 answers

How to find out more about "best practices"?

What I should be reading about the general concept of "best practices"? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on May 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Gods throw dice; Fate plays chess

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]
posted by skypieces on Apr 12, 2011 - 30 answers

Best Practices for Online Activist Organizations

What are your best practices for collecting best practices? I would like to do this online somehow for a group of organizations. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Sep 10, 2010 - 1 answer

Ok to use 'All Rights Reserved' pictures from Flickr in blog posts?

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?
posted by tremspeed on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Long distance to short distance?

What are some best practices for taking a relationship from long distance to not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Help Me Do My Best in Haiti

My job is sending me to Haiti for a month. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me give better technical support

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]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 25, 2009 - 23 answers

Art Gallery Web Sites?

Do you know of any art galleries with really great web sites? [more inside]
posted by crickets on Oct 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Seeking best community-driven websites

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 17, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I learn the Visual Studio way of thinking about software development?

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]
posted by majick on Sep 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Send that email, stat !

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]
posted by fizzix on Aug 11, 2008 - 5 answers

EEO Uh-Oh Too Slow Gotta Go

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]
posted by thewalrusispaul on Jul 23, 2008 - 2 answers

IT Heads: Vista Business Best Practices on a Domain?

IT Heads: Vista Business Best Practices on a Domain? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Jul 16, 2008 - 4 answers

How do you calculate the burden a bit of PHP is likely to put on the server?

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]
posted by Tuwa on Aug 24, 2007 - 14 answers

CSS Filter: making tight CSS files, style guides and learning best practices – help needed.

CSS Filter: making tight CSS files, style guides and learning best practices – help needed. [more inside]
posted by rmm on Mar 9, 2007 - 13 answers

How to learn applied .NET from top to bottom?

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]
posted by debacle on Jan 25, 2007 - 2 answers

Where can I find best practices/recommendations/accessibility guidelines for video content?

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]
posted by cadge on Dec 3, 2006 - 8 answers

vinyl - friend or foe?

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...
posted by subpixel on Jun 14, 2005 - 3 answers

Small-business Web Design

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]
posted by Hankins on May 13, 2004 - 37 answers

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