Do I just ask a question and anyone can answer?
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Yes, for the most part, that is how it works, but there is a great deal more behind it.
Currently, this is accomplished in a number of ways:
Through questions, which represent a question about the game, the community. Note, this is not a discussion board. The idea is to ask questions which have actual answers to them, as opposed to issues which lead to debates.
For example, a question along the lines of "How do I perform a double-armor cancel with Boxer?" would be an example of a good question.
Questions don't have to be so specific either. Questions such as "What are some good strategies when playing as Ken vs. Ryu?" are also perfectly fine.
Questions should also be more than just a title. People should provide as much information as possible to give the most number of people a chance to understand the question and provide an appropriate reply. It also helps with the discoverability of the question on the site and by search engines.
Anyone can submit replies (even the person who asked the question, but they won't earn reputation on the reply if it is voted up). Replies should target the question as directly as possible.
Of course, replies should aim to provide as much information as possible.
There is a great deal of emphasis on providing as much information as possible in questions and replies. While it's not necessarily a requirement, the idea is to be able to provide as much information as possible so that people can benefit from the information provided.
If you feel that a question that was asked is a good question, then you should vote it up or down using the arrows in what is called the "metabar" at the bottom of the question:
In this example, the green arrow indicates that the person logged in has voted up for the item. If the down arrow was highlighted in red, then it would indicate that the user has voted negatively for the item.
Voting is accomplished by clicking on either the up or down arrow. It's as simple as that. If you want to undo a vote, then you can just click the highlighted vote and it will be removed.
The number 1 indicates that there is a total of 1 positive vote for the question in general.
These totals can be positive, negative, or 0. This vote data is important in helping to determine the relevance of items to particular topics in the system.
Votes also contribute reputation to the person who created the item. A positive vote for a question will give the person 10 reputation points. A negative vote will reduce a person's reputation by 2 points.
As people gain reputation, they will gain the ability to perform other actions on the site, like edit questions (to make them more clear, fix mistakes, etc, etc) as well as answers, and other items throughout the site.
Note, after five minutes of casting your vote, you cannot change your vote unless the item that you voted on has been edited.
Replies are treated in the same way questions are. You can vote up and down for them and they will contribute or deduct reputation based on people's opinion of the quality of the reply.
For the user that asked the question originally, they have the option of indicating whether or not the reply is the "correct" answer. Simply clicking on the empty arrow in the metabar for the reply will accept that answer as the answer and force it to be displayed first, no matter how a person orders the replies.
Accepting a reply will give the person who provided it 15 reputation points (on top of whatever reputation they have gained/lost through votes). This has yet to be fully implemented, but reputation will be adjusted accordingly for all accepted replies when implemented (in other words, you won't lose out on reputation).
Notes are the same as questions, but replies cannot be added to a note. Think of a note as a structured notebook where you can share information that you have found out yourself. This information will be used along with the question and answer information to help provide targeted information about the game.
Questions, notes, and events all have the ability to be favorited by the user:
In the example above, the filled in gold star indicates that the currently logged-in user favorited the item. The number indicates how many people favorited the same item.
To favorite an item, just click the star. To unfavorite, unclick it.
An item being favorited does not affect repuation in the way votes do. It's simply a tool to allow users to remember where their favorite content on sf4answers is. This will be displayed on the users profile page, which they can access by clicking their name in the upper right-hand corner of the site, or anywhere they see it (a link to their profile will be shown for the items they contribute).
All items on the site require tags. While the actual text content of the questions, answers, notes, events, etc, etc is all analyzed to find out what is most important about the article, providing tags helps to categorize information.
In the first example question above "How do I perform a double-armor cancel with Boxer?" the question should be at least tagged with "boxer". Ideally, it would be tagged with:
As these are the most important terms that appear in the question/note.
Items can have up to five tags applied, and must have at least one applied.
Tags may not be numbers, and should be space-delimited. If you want a tag with multiple words in it, the convention is to use a dash ('-') to join them together. So when entering the tags above, one would put in the "Tags" input box:
boxer double-armor cancelling
For the second example question, "What are some good strategies when playing as Ken vs. Ryu?", it should be tagged with the following:
And would be put in the input box like so:
ken ryu strategy
(note that tags are space-delimited)
The benefit here is that the question, while asked from the perspective of a Ken player, would benefit Ryu players as well, since it deals with the specific matchup between them.
When entering tags into the "Tags" field on a page, as you type, the system will provide recommendations based on the content you have typed and other tags already in the system:
In the example above, the cursor is on the "ch". The system recognizes this and returns the top five tags (if that many exist) that contain the letters "ch" in them. In this case, there are four tags in the system with "ch" in them:
The bold in the text is used to indicate the location of the typed text in the tag.
One will also note a number in parenthesis next to the tag. This indicates how many items on the site are tagged with that particular tag. Again, in the example above, the tag "chunli" has been applied to four items.
Has this been built on the same platform as stackoverflow et. al, or just been modelled after it? I think it's a good idea to get deeper technical answers, get promoting it!