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This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for power users of Plethra hardware and software. It's 100% free to participate.

Frequently Asked Questions

This Q&A community is for Plethra enthusiasts, power users, and professional custom integrators. If you have a question about…

  • Plethra software
  • Plethra hardware
  • use of 3rd-party products with Plethra products
  • integrating Plethra products into your home

… then you’re in the right place to ask your question!

However, a few exceptions to the general scope exist. Please refrain from asking about…

  • recommendations, like "Which speaker is better?" or "Can you suggest an X that does Y?"
  • speculative questions, like "When will X be available in my country?" or "Will Plethra be adding support for X?"
  • obtaining or using pirated software or media
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You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.

Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much.

If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK.

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To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where …

  • every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?”
  • your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”
  • there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”
  • we are being asked an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?”
  • it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”
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When you post a new question, other users will almost immediately see it and try to provide good answers. This often happens in a matter of minutes, so be sure to check back frequently when your question is still new for the best response.

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If your question needs clarification, you will see comments in smaller type below your question.

comments

If other users ask you for more information in the comments, edit your question using the edit link just below your original question.

editing

Providing clarification promptly will help get you the best answers.

As you see new answers to your question, vote up the helpful ones by clicking the upward pointing arrow to the left of the answer.

answer voting

Answers are normally sorted by vote score so the most highly voted answers float to the top. Other users will also vote on the answers to your question.

When you have decided which answer is the most helpful to you, mark it as the accepted answer by clicking on the check box outline to the left of the answer.

accept an answer

This lets other people know that you have received a good answer to your question. Doing this is helpful because it shows other people that you’re getting value from the community. (And if you don’t do this, people will often politely ask you to go back and accept answers for more of your questions!)

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Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated.

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Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you. We’re all here to learn together. Be tolerant of others who may not know everything you know. Bring your sense of humor.

Above all, be honest. If you see misinformation, vote it down. Add comments indicating what, specifically, is wrong. Provide better answers of your own. Best of all — edit and improve the existing questions and answers!

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You can answer and suggest edits as an anonymous user, much like Wikipedia. There are some things you won’t be able to do on the site without registering, such as vote or ask new questions. But it’s easy to register.

Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you; it is earned by convincing your peers that you know what you’re talking about. Basic use of the site, including asking questions, answering, and suggesting edits, does not require any reputation at all. But the more reputation you earn, the more privileges you gain on.

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answer is voted up +10
question is voted up +5
answer is accepted +15 (+2 to acceptor)
question is voted down -2
answer is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)

A maximum of 40 votes can be cast per user per day, however, to reach the maximum you must vote on at least 10 questions. You can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day.

The other way to gain reputation is by suggesting edits to existing posts as a new registered user. Each edit will be peer reviewed, and if it is accepted, you will earn +2 reputation. You can only earn a maximum of +1000 total reputation through suggested edits, however.

Amass enough reputation points and we will grant you additional privileges:

you can always comment on your questions and answers, and any answers to questions you’ve asked, even with 1 rep.

At the high end of this reputation spectrum there is little difference between users with high reputation and moderators. That is very much intentional. We don’t run this Q&A Community. The community does.

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First, make sure you’ve asked a good question. To get better answers, you may need to put additional effort into your question. Edit your question to provide status and progress updates. Document your own continued efforts to answer your question. This will naturally bump your question and get more people interested in it.

Questions that are not a good fit for this site may be voted closed by experienced community members. Closed questions cannot be answered, but are eligible for improvement (and eventual re-opening) through editing, voting, and commenting.

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Common reasons a question may be closed include:

  • exact duplicate
    This question covers exactly the same content as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be merged with another identical question.

  • off topic
    Questions on the Q&A are expected to relate to Plethra products within the scope defined in the FAQ. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about closed questions here.

  • not constructive
    As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, see the FAQ for guidance.

  • not a real question
    It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, see the FAQ.

  • too localized
    This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, see the FAQ.

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Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators.

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Over time, closed questions that are not useful as signpoints to other questions may also be removed, as well as questions which have no significant activity over a very long period after being asked.

Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are …

  • commentary on the question or other answers
  • asking another, different question
  • “thanks!” or “me too!” responses
  • exact duplicates of other answers
  • barely more than a link to an external site
  • not even a partial answer to the actual question

If you wish to improve an existing answer, click edit.

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Each post and comment has a small flag link. Click the flag link to let us know about problems and we'll follow up.

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flag this post for serious problems or moderator attention

We actively moderate our community, but we need your help to do so. Anything that is getting consistently flagged by our community members will be investigated and followed up on. And of course you can always email us directly if you feel the matter is urgent.

Most importantly, don't feed the trolls! Replying to abusive, off-topic, or inappropriate content only encourages it – whereas flagging allows removal without providing undue attention.

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Please don’t use signatures or taglines in your posts, or they will be removed.

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Every post you make is already “signed” with your standard userhandle, which links directly back to your user page.

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All contributions are licensed under Creative Commons and this site is collaboratively edited, like Wikipedia. If you see something that needs improvement, click edit and help us make it so!

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All edits are tracked in a public revision history. To view revisions, click the edit date on the post.

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If you are not comfortable with the idea of your contributions being collaboratively edited by other trusted users, this may not be the site for you.

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Be careful, because the community frowns on overt self-promotion and tends to vote it down and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, so be it. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers.

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If a huge percentage of your posts include a mention of your product or website, you're probably here for the wrong reasons.

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Enter search terms in the search box that appears at the upper right of every page, and press Enter.

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If you need to refine and narrow your search …

  • To search within specific tag(s), enter them in square brackets: [maintenance] seat.
  • To find a specific phrase, enter it in quotes: "flat tire".
  • To ensure that specific words appear in the results, use plus: +frame +steel.
  • To search just your posts: user:me training.
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Giving credit where credit is due: This FAQ was adapted from Stack Overflow of the Stack Exchange Network

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