Posting Rules

The Cucumber community forum has thousands of members.

In order to keep communication efficient we ask you to follow a few rules. If you follow these guidelines you're more likely to be heard and get a reply.

1) Respect the code of conduct

See here for details

2) Search before you ask

Some questions keep popping up again and again. Do yourself and everyone else a favour by searching the archive for answers before you ask.

3) Use interleaved answers

Consider this discussion - it's not very readable:

Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.

Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

Top-posting.

What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?

If you make the effort to place your follow-up remarks below the most relevant section of the text you are replying to, then reading the conversation becomes a lot easier to read than the above. As a result more people are likely to join the conversation, and there will be fewer misunderstandings.

So instead of "top posting", please use interleaved answers:

What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?

Top-posting.

Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.

4) Prefix subjects

The Cucumber discussion forum is used to discuss many topics. To help group members quickly decide whether or not a post is of interest to them, please use a prefix in your subject. Here are some examples:

  • [JVM] How can I exclude certain scenarios from a run?
  • [Ruby] Step Definition doesn't match my step
  • [JS] Has anyone used Cucumber-JS with Karma?

5) Don't hijack threads

If you have a question, don't reply to an existing (irrelevant) message. Start a new topic instead.

6) Don't ask individuals

Asking individuals might seem like a good way to get a reply, but it can have the opposite effect:

  • Other people might refrain from joining the conversation
  • The person you're asking might be too busy to answer

So please address the group, not individuals. Never email people privately for help.

For a more in-depth explanation of this rule, please read this post.