The SSDT Answers site is intended for anyone interested in OECN State Software to ask and answer questions related to OECN State Software. If you are a user , ITC support staff or vendor interacting with State Software or other services provided by the SSDT, you are welcome to participate in this Q&A site. You're encouraged to ask any question which is in some way related to the SSDT's products or services. More general OECN and EMIS related questions are also welcome. The site is a "reputation" based system similar to, but not affiliated with, the "Stack Exchange" family of sites. Reputation is a rough measure of the community trust in an individual. In general, the higher a person's reputation the more you can rely on the quality of their answers. However, answers from lower reputation should not necessarily be ignored. A lower reputation may just mean the user is new or less active than others.
Here are a few guidelines for use of the site:
- The software is designed primarily in a Question/Answer format. Please phrase your Questions as actual questions. Be clear and concise but as complete as possible.
- You are also welcome to create more traditional "Discussion" topics. In that case, please tag your question with the "discussion" tag.
- You must include at least one "tag" (see "Tagging" below).
- Please vote up good questions and answers. Users will gain reputation as other users vote for them. If you see a good question or answer, give the user a vote!
- Be sure to "accept" the best answer to your question. User's get even more points when you accept their answer.
- You can vote down on "bad" questions or answers. The definition of "bad' is up to you, but should probably be reserved for misleading and off-topic posts. When down voting, it's helpful to the poster and community if you also write a comment.
- Only use use the "Answer" box, if you are actually answering a question. If you need clarification or more details on a question/answer then use the "Comment" feature.
Tagging questions is very important for organizing the content and to help experts find your questions. Moderators may re-tag your questions, if necessary, to help keep the content organized.
You should include as least one major tag, like "usps", "usas", "dns", etc. You may include up to five tags. In general, tags are better if not too specific. Use an existing tag, if one is appropriate, otherwise feel free to create new ones.
Some tags have special meaning:
- "meta" is a standard tag that should be used to discuss the Answers site itself. If you have questions about how to use this site, please tag the question as "meta".
- "feature-request" should be used if you are requesting a new feature of OECN State Software, or other software under discussion. After a period of discussion, the SSDT will typically respond indicating whether we are accepting or rejecting the request.
- "discussion" is used to indicate you are starting a discussion topic rather than a regular question. Users can still vote on discussions and answers, but should not "accept" an answer on a discussion topic.
Here's how you gain (lose) reputation in the system:
- +1, for registering and confirming your email address
- +5, someone up votes your question
- +10, someone up votes your answer
- +15, someone accepts your answer as the best answer
- +2, you accept someones answer to your question
- -1, you down vote someone's answer or question
- -2, someone down votes your answer or question
- -100, five people mark your question or answer as offensive
- +5, you share content on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn
Note: During the initial start up period, the SSDT will be liberal in up voting so you can gain reputation more quickly.
Your reputation determines what you are allowed to do on the site. Here are the reputation scores needed for each activity:
- 1, to comment on a question or answer (you must register and confirm your email)
- 15, to up vote a question or answer
- 125, to down vote a question or answer
- 500, to re-tag some else's question
- 2000, to edit some else's question, answer or comment.
When you reach 2000 reputation points, you are effectively a moderator of the site.