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Guide to Asking Coding Questions
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Mosrod (459)

Guide to Asking Coding Questions

Why?

Good questions help your question be solved faster, and people will want to answer your question

Bad questions waste time, you will often not get answers that you asked for, and people will often ignore your questions

Quick Questions Guide

Do This

  • Always ask your questions in English
  • Explain what you want the code to do
  • Explain what the code does
  • Include error messages
  • Share the repl with the line numbers
  • When you figure out the answer, update your post
  • Put the repl link, instead of pasting code

Don't Do This

  • Don't post homework questions
  • Don't use caps in the title
  • Don't use words like 'HELP' or 'PLEASE' in the title
  • Don't post questions that already have an answer (Search Box)
  • Don't post feedback or bugs on Talk, use repl.it/feedback for feedback, or repl.it/bugs for bugs

Steps For Better Questions

  1. Understand the code

    • Read your code and figure out what each line does
    • If a concept is unfamiliar, Google it
    • You can also use a debugger to help you
  2. Describe the problem

    • Explain what you want the code to do
    • Explain what the code does (error messages)
  3. Provide the code

    • Share a repl that has your code
    • Share the line number(s) of your code issue
    • Make sure that the code you shared has the issue
  4. Format code consistently

    • Make sure your code is easy to read
  5. Check for typos

    • Make sure the code does not have any typos that would cause the problem
  6. Explain what you did to troubleshoot the problem

    • Make a list of what you think the problem is and try to fix your problem by going through the list
  7. Make a guess on what you think the problem might be

    • Use the list from the previous step
  8. Proofread the question

    • Make sure you provided everything
    • Clear all confusions that you think there might be
  9. Update people on the question

    • If you figured out the answer, edit the post to tell people
    • When you get an answer, fully understand it
    • Be nice to people who answer your question
    • Remember that the people wanted to answer your question, but didn't have to
  10. Things to NOT do

    • Don't post homework questions
    • Only post questions in English
    • Do not use caps in the title
    • Do not use "HELP" or "PLEASE" in the title
    • Don't post questions that have already been answered (Use search box)
    • Don't post feedback or bugs on Talk, use repl.it/feedback for feedback, or repl.it/bugs for bugs

Example:

Question

We have some Python code with an error: repl

rannumexe = int(input())
if rannumexe = 1:
    print('hi' + rannumexe)

Step 1

We show what each line does using comments.

rannumexe = int(input())  # Asks the user to input a rannumexe
if rannumexe = 1:  # If the rannumexe equals 1
    print('hi' + rannumexe)  # Print hi and the rannumexe

Step 2

We want the code to input a number, and if the number is one, print "hi" and the number.

Our problem is that we have an invalid syntax error on line 2 in the main.py file.

  File "main.py", line 2
    if rannumexe = 1:
                 ^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

Step 3

Our repl with the issue is located here.

We have an issue on line 2

Step 4

We can change "rannumexe" to "number" to clear confusion

number = int(input())  # Asks the user to input a number
if number = 1: # If the number equals 1
    print('hi' + number)  # Print hi and the number

Step 5

We don't have any typos

Step 6

Our problem could be that we improperly used the if statement

Step 7

The problem could be about using the if statement incorrectly

Step 8

Our final question:

Title:

Invalid syntax error about equal signs

Content:

I have an invalid syntax error on line 2 in the main.py file of this repl. The program should take a number as an input, check if the number is equal to one, and if so, print "hi" and the number. The error point to the equal signs and I think this issue is with the incorrect syntax of the if statement. Help is appreciated :).

number = int(input())  # Asks the user to input a number
if number = 1: # If the number equals 1
    print('hi' + number)  # Print hi and the number
  File "main.py", line 2
    if rannumexe = 1:
                 ^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

Steps based on Gordon Zhu's post.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, post it in the comments below.

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stonefish (20)

Stackoverflow without down votes... There's no stress now finally :)

ChezCoder (1500)

@stonefish lol this is what I like about repl

laksh5 (146)

NICE PROFILE PIC

K2TipaE (10)

thanks hehehehhe :))))))))@laksh5

K2TipaE (10)

oh wait you weren't talking to me, sorry <3 @laksh5

SPQR (535)

Do you think you could add "include programming language in title" or something of that nature? It'd make it a lot easier for one to tell if one can help or not. :)

Mosrod (459)

@SPQR In the future, Repl.it might add tags and you can also join the Repl.it Discord server and the Repl Talk bot sometimes tells you the language. I could add "include programming language in body", but I'm not sure if that would help.

SPQR (535)

@Mosrod If you don't mind adding that, I think that would be helpful. I'd imagine it'd make things come up more frequently in the search results at least. I've been planning on joining the Discord as soon as I'm able, but right now I'm on a Chromebook from my school, and Discord's blocked. Thanks, though.

Steven_The_GuyT (235)

@SPQR yeah, it would be useful

Grify (165)

@SPQR You can dodge the block by installing a VPN or installing Kali Linux on the chromebook

DJWang (1235)

Do you really need help with that problem?

[deleted]

It’s a example, of course he doesn’t need help! @DJWang

Imthebestthe (97)

sorry to ask a question here, but as
you're a moderator, how dose explorer mode work?

CodeLongAndPros (1364)

@Imthebestthe It's basically being beta tester

Imthebestthe (97)

@CodeLongAndPros I know but how do I know what I'm beta testing. Thanks for the response tho

CodeLongAndPros (1364)

@Imthebestthe Any new feature. There aren't any now.

joan1grrl (3)

thanks for this thread!

XavierDD (92)

Where is the search bar?

Mosrod (459)

@XavierDD Below the Posts header line

XavierDD (92)

@Mosrod Eh... Explore mode is too buggy for IOS Chrome... Nothing works quite right.
Edit : Nevermind seems to work nicely now.
Post Edit : Nope the weird gliches that I can't quite explain happen.

DigitCommander (31)

Very helpful! Thanks!

NoahKWebber (2)

for line 3 do
print('hi'+str(number))
Number is a int type and to add it to a string type you need to convert it to a Sting. the str function converts a integer to a string.

ChezCoder (1500)

@Mosrod
It says if number = 1:

number = int(input())  # Asks the user to input a number
if number = 1: # If the number equals 1
    print('hi' + number)  # Print hi and the number

and now it says if rannumexe = 1:

  File "main.py", line 2
    if rannumexe = 1:
                 ^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

lol wut happened

SixBeeps (3042)

@ChezCoder that's supposed to be an error

ChezCoder (1500)

@SixBeeps yes but the first variable is number and the second rannumexe.

CodeLongAndPros (1364)

I would make repl.it redirect you to this post before you make your first post on ask. That way we can avoid the "IndentionError" messages.

CodeLongAndPros (1364)

I would add something about following code formatting standards like PEP 8 or K&R. Just a suggestion.

DylanMaxwell (1)

Ok, so question: I'm trying to make a text-adventure game and I have almost no clue how I would make some sort of damage calculation. My problem is I have two variable, and I need to have a set number for them. I also have a rand that I need to have an actually random number for every time the player does damage. And I have no clue how I would subtract the rand from the variable. C code.

CodingCactus (3031)

@DylanMaxwell ask this as an actual post, not just a comment on this one, then people will answer it

pixelpigeon (2)

i need help on how to put a console on c++ i need help badly

Highwayman (1358)

@pixelpigeon you don’t need one, when you are not running the repl, the main console output interprets input as bash commands.

EliJonas1 (4)

I went on your Hangman project and forked it then I added you to the multiplayer for MY Hangman project, so now you can edit it, Mosrod (I Like You!)

EliJonas1 (4)

Can I add you to my multiplayer?

Heypeoples2 (13)

Hmm, wow that is a lot of info to process. Before I have any questions, feedback, and other stuff you repl ppl have, I'd better read and understand the rules. Though I really don't look forward to it, once I saw your post. :P But anyways thanks tho. <3

ManojKumar32 (1)

i have one question doubt you can clear me

JohnKershaw (1)

Typos? For number 4, do you mean 'Format code consISTEntly'? And 'Make sure youR code is easy to read'

Mosrod (459)

@JohnKershaw Thank you for correcting my typos :)