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18th June 2012, 03:57 AM |#21  
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Hello and thank you for posting this! I am indeed a new member and famous I'm not a developer, I work with developers. I hope this forum will tend to my needs as an online guru and make me more wise about how I do things. I really don't know how to get started to be honest. I'm looking to connect with talented and informative developers who would be willing to work with me and make the app industry a better one. Which XDA is already doing I can see.

If you have the time I would like it if you could get me started or possibly introduce me to some talented people among the ranks on this forum.

Great introduction post for me to read!
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I do not know your skill level or how much you know about programming an working with mobile devices. So if any of what I say does not apply to you please take it with a grain of salt and not offence as I only aim to try to help some. I suggest you start with the forum for your current device and any other device you may own. Go to the forum, or forums, and read read read. Try to learn as much as you can about your device or devices. Learn all aspects about them such as processor specific details like what architecture it uses. Find out what kind of internal memory it uses and what format it is in, google is very helpful in doing this. Learn how your device or devices are unlocked and exactly what the unlocking allows the device or devices to do. read heavily in the development forum for your device or devices. Look at the development that is out for your device or is in development for your device or devices.After you feel you have learned all you can about your device or devices then pick out developers from your forum that you think you would like work with and send them PMs detailing you would like to work with them and what services you can provide for them. Also learn how to use the development tools for your device or devices such as the SDK for Android. Last and most importantly be friendly and considerate to any and all members you have contact with and also have patients as everyone here is from different places in the world and vary in the amount of time they spend here on XDA. Hope some of this helps.
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I do not know your skill level or how much you know about programming an working with mobile devices. So if any of what I say does not apply to you please take it with a grain of salt and not offence as I only aim to try to help some. I suggest you start with the forum for your current device and any other device you may own. Go to the forum, or forums, and read read read. Try to learn as much as you can about your device or devices. Learn all aspects about them such as processor specific details like what architecture it uses. Find out what kind of internal memory it uses and what format it is in, google is very helpful in doing this. Learn how your device or devices are unlocked and exactly what the unlocking allows the device or devices to do. read heavily in the development forum for your device or devices. Look at the development that is out for your device or is in development for your device or devices.After you feel you have learned all you can about your device or devices then pick out developers from your forum that you think you would like work with and send them PMs detailing you would like to work with them and what services you can provide for them. Also learn how to use the development tools for your device or devices such as the SDK for Android. Last and most importantly be friendly and considerate to any and all members you have contact with and also have patients as everyone here is from different places in the world and vary in the amount of time they spend here on XDA. Hope some of this helps.

Sorry T-Mac, it is a spam user. Good try though. I can spot those within 1 or 2 posts now. PM me and I will tell you how.
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18th June 2012, 05:49 AM |#23  
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Nice guide. Think n00bs will read it? That is kind of the downside of n00bs, not reading or searching first. So they never find this.

I'm a new user. Been here for quite a few days now, read a heap of specific posts to device and my old one, and really only saw this out of the corner of my eye. It's a great read, and I agree with the comment that new users should have to read it.

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I'm a new user. Been here for quite a few days now, read a heap of specific posts to device and my old one, and really only saw this out of the corner of my eye. It's a great read, and I agree with the comment that new users should have to read it.

Now to go and sort out my signature

Thank you for your post, you serve as a prime example of why I say one thread in one location will not work for this thread to have a major impact on new users. Now a mandatory read is a idea, but how do you know they actually took the time to read it and didn't just scroll down and click on what ever button is there to say "Ok I read it" like so many do when they install new programs or apps and just click accept. A time limit would not work either because they could just wait that time period out and then go about their business. I say if it is posted in other forums this is a sure fire way to up the odds that this is actually read by new users.
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Sounds legit... If you are used to forums then it should be easier.. Everything makes sense.. just be patient, research, read as op stated... Ive learned a lot on here just by reading what interests me and trying stuff out... Great place

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Finally someone explained the ranking system! Thanks x10 to OP!

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2nd July 2012, 01:27 PM |#27  
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Rather than every new user posting thanks, can we use the "thanks" button instead. I'm going to remove all thanks posts now
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Rather than every new user posting thanks, can we use the "thanks" button instead. I'm going to remove all thanks posts now

Should we add please use thanks button instead of a thanks post to the guide?

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Should we add please use thanks button instead of a thanks post to the guide?

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I thought that having this:

"I am leaving this open for now, but please, in the spirit of what I have written above, please only post suggestions you feel will improve this guide. I hope this guide helps you and makes your experience on XDA a better one. I appreciate your thanks, but I will appreciate you even more if you take this guide to heart and really do it while you are here. Thank you for reading."

at the bottom would be sufficient to keep people from posting but might need to get the thread closed instead.
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I thought that having this:

"I am leaving this open for now, but please, in the spirit of what I have written above, please only post suggestions you feel will improve this guide. I hope this guide helps you and makes your experience on XDA a better one. I appreciate your thanks, but I will appreciate you even more if you take this guide to heart and really do it while you are here. Thank you for reading."

at the bottom would be sufficient to keep people from posting but might need to get the thread closed instead.

I would prefer it if other users added tips for new users tbh, ie, from experience........ What to do, look for, help others, become a RC, start deving etc. We want to assist new users so they become the next great devs and inspire future users

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i found this thread to be pretty informative from a new user standpoint. most of it is common sense but we all know common sense might as well be a super power by now. ive always been the kind of person to research the heck out of something just to find all the information about it as i could and this site definitely has a ton of info to learn. i do agree that alot of people dont read before they post. ive seen it on countless threads. maybe having this thread be a requirement will maybe curb that a lil bit? anyways awesome work and thanks for the work.

edit : one way ive learned so far on here, utilize the search option. the question or problem you have may just be written differently. try using multiple ways of searching. if that doesnt work try using google. more than likely it will link a page back here. maybe the problem you are having is just the same as on a different device but has a similiar way of fixing it. and if all fails and you do have to post a question, dont sound like ur panicking. give logcats, specific information about your problem such as rom,kernel, version, what error message you get, etc. that will better narrow down the issue. the devs, and other members who will try to help dont want to have their time wasted by half the information being missing. oh and read the thread before u post an issue, more than likely if its something being developed others have had the exact same issue. no need in cluttering a thread saying over and over a same problem that someone else already stated and that has been known to happen. reading could fix all that.

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Thank you for your post, you serve as a prime example of why I say one thread in one location will not work for this thread to have a major impact on new users. Now a mandatory read is a idea, but how do you know they actually took the time to read it and didn't just scroll down and click on what ever button is there to say "Ok I read it" like so many do when they install new programs or apps and just click accept. A time limit would not work either because they could just wait that time period out and then go about their business. I say if it is posted in other forums this is a sure fire way to up the odds that this is actually read by new users.

what if u made each section where they had to sign with their email that they sat up to join and make it where they had to verify the email? just an idea. i know it would clutter their email box up but it would be better to have like 5 or 6 emails they would have to click a link on rather than 100s of posts where its obvious they didnt read it.
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