Have you ever had a tech question and, not being a programmer or having a lot of programmer friends, wanted answers?
Do you hate to feel lost, alone and frustrated as you Google it, digitally pawing through YouTube video tutorials or listening to heavy metal hold music for 15 minutes until you finally have the pleasure of speaking to a 25 year old IT professional who sounds like he is from outer space?
None of the following resources is an end-all, be-all for your tech questions, but they may get you where you are going faster than usual.
If you have used these resources before, let us know in the comments which worked best to answer your tech questions fastest because, frankly, sisters, we’ve all been there. . . .
6 Ways to Get Your Tech Questions Answered
Quora: https://www.quora.com/. When you sign up for Quora, you can browse and find out what questions have already been answered, and, if yours has not, you can create a new question of your own. Here is an awesome Kissmetrics tutorial about how to get the most out of Quora.
W3Schools Forums and Tutorials: http://w3schools.invisionzone.com/ and http://www.w3schools.com/. The W3Schools are a private, Norwegian web development company that should not be confused with W3C, which is the world wide web consortium that develops international standards for web development. Although the site says it is for beginners and experts, you will find the forums populated with experts. Do not be shy! Let them help you.
Protonic: http://protonic.com/ Although this site isn’t the prettiest one on the block, it offers free answers to your questions via a corps of volunteers. The site is nice, too, because it offers an unusually user friendly interface (although somewhat lengthy initial set up) in order to answer your tech questions.
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OStatic: http://ostatic.com/. Ostatic is the site upon which you can unleash your inner Power User. Although many of the things you encounter upon entering the site will be and might remain incomprehensible, kind cyborgs, er, I mean human beings with advanced computer skills, are offering free help. Identify yourself as a newbie and ask on. The worst that can happen is you will be ignored!
Ask Me Help Desk: http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/. Ask Me Help Desk is less “social sharing,” more old school forum. You can ask about anything from animals to zen. You also have the opportunity to become an expert in your chosen field(s) and share your own hard won knowledge.
Weegy: http://www.weegy.com/home.aspx?id=Home. This site gets points for being the most cyborgy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, attractive multi-cultural cyborgs aside, able to answer my test question — at least not for free. However, I’m not ready to upgrade to the Pro level, which costs $2 for 5 minutes of time because, let’s face it, I don’t think I’ve ever had tech questions answered in under 5 minutes — unless the answer was, “Google it!”
Have you used free help? Did it help? Let us know!
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