How to use the Q&A forums

Our  Q&A forums are a great place to ask questions about a specific mission or step, review previously asked questions and replies, and help your fellow Dataquest students. In many ways, it was inspired by Stack Overflow, a core tool of the DS world. 


In this article:

  1. Overview
  2. Q&A Best Practices

Overview

You'll find the Q&A tab above the Learn text inside each mission - simply click the tab to open the sidebar. If you have a question about the mission, we recommend that you first browse through that mission's Q&A to see if it's been asked (and/or answered) previously.

Asking and answering questions

If your question has not already been asked, you can ask it by clicking Ask a question.

Alternatively, if you see a question that you can help with, you should take it upon yourself to provide an answer. It's been proven over and over again that the ability to explain a topic is a key indicator that you, yourself, understand it — use these opportunities not only to help your peers, but to force yourself to "teach" and deepen your understanding of the course material.

Upvoting questions and answers

If you find a useful question or answer you can 'up-vote' it using the upward pointing arrow on the left side of the post. Up-voting a post will display it higher in the forum to signal other students this might be useful to them as well. It will also send a notification to the writer of the post.

The Q&A is for peer to peer help, and isn’t monitored regularly by the Dataquest team. If you need support from us, please use an  alternate channel.

Q&A best practices

What follows are helpful suggestions for making the most out of your Q&A experience.

1

Use markdown to format your code.

Nothing makes someone go from "ready to help" to "eyes glazing over" faster than a wall of unformatted code. Use a pair of backticks (`), not to be confused with a single quote ('), to format code inline, or three sets of backticks surrounding code on new lines to create a code block. Trust us — your peers will appreciate it!

2

Link to the page you're working on.

Copy and paste the URL of the page your question is referring to to make it easier for your peers to locate.

3

Use the 1:1 rule if you're asking a question.

If you're going to ask a question, try to take some time to answer one in return. Not only is it good etiquette, but it challenges you to explain a concept, which in turn reinforces your own understanding of it. One of the absolute best ways to learn is taking the time to go through the Q&A and answer what you can and research what you don't.