We've noticed many people asking for help in solving a particular problem, most of which are posted as notes, or as comments in solutions. Here are some guidelines for what information to convey when requesting for help from others:

**Provide context for how you came across the problem:**Knowing that the problem was from an Olympiad training book with a chapter on polynomials, would result in a different initial response than if the problem was from a grade 9 textbook.**Explain what you have tried:**State what you know, what your initial thoughts are, and what your concerns are. Sometimes you are on the right track, but just need the reassurance to go further.**Explain where you are stuck:**Clearly state what hypothesis / guess you are trying to show. If you are stuck on an irrelevant (or even wrong) point, that could often mean that you are going down the wrong path.**Do not simply demand an answer:**Do not randomly message / mention people to solve your problems without indicating any work done.

Feel free to link back to this note, to help others understand the etiquette for asking for help.

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TopNewestWhat if we encounter a problem, and we aren't really sure how to start tackling it? Take my recent note as an example.

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That's a great way to present it. You made it clear what you are thinking about, what you have experienced/tried, and provided people with context on what you are aware of.

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Calvin Sir what moderator at brilliant.org means and how to be so pls quickly reply

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Sir is this the correct way of asking doubts?

My Elasticity Doubt

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That's a great example. You can see that Hari understood how to reply, and how much you already know.

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