I know about some nice (quite hidden) features of WP7 that I found on the net (and I am sure others have too). I want to share them with users of this SE site, but how can I do that?

  • Making up a question just to have a place to share the "tip" in answer seems wrong to me.

  • Also I think marking Q or A as community wiki is not right.

What are other options?

  • A blog, but it might be too early for that. Other than that, there's our chat. Can't think of any other solutions that might/would work well... May 23 '12 at 0:51

If you have found something that solves a specific problem, there is no reason why you shouldn't share it here. Just ask the question in a meaningful way, and then provide an answer so fantastic that it becomes the source of record.

The StackExcahnge network has no problem with this, and I don't think we should either. Just read the latest blog post yourself. Encyclopedia StackExchange (emphasis mine)

Since Stack Overflow launched, we’ve been trying to explain that it’s not just a Q&A platform: it’s also a place where you can publish things that you’ve learned: recipes, FAQs, HOWTOs, walkthroughs, and even bits of product documentation, as long you format it as a question and answer...

For a long time we’ve been pleading for people to write more canonical answers so the same questions don’t keep coming up again and again, and we even have the Self-Learner badge which you can only earn by answering your own question...

IMHO, just don't make a question like "What tips have you learned?" If you have a couple of tips you want to share because it solves an awesome problem on the phone, just keep it Q/A style.

  • One of the tip I want to share is "When you are typing text, tap the space bar twice and WP7 makes a full stop for you (it will end the sentence with a dot)". What question should look like for this? I don't like "How can I make a full stop?" or "What will happen when I tap space bar twice?"... Any suggestions?
    – jumbo
    May 23 '12 at 5:37
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    I think that one by itself is a bit too localized ,and wouldn't be a great question. Can you expand it to something like "are there any keyboard shortcuts that can help me type faster" and then include as many as you know/can find in the answer. I'm just.spit baling here, but something like that could be useful
    – user131
    May 23 '12 at 6:06
  • Yes, that is probably the right formulation. Thanks. I will try to formulate it myself to fit the answer.
    – jumbo
    May 23 '12 at 8:01
  • Ok, posted here: windowsphone.stackexchange.com/questions/509/…
    – jumbo
    May 23 '12 at 8:56
  • The blog post you linked is meant to support asking/answering your own questions. Questions like the OP asked are usually not constructive and aren't meant to be community wiki either. While this questions contain somewhat very valuable stuff, "Did you know ...?" and "Can you share tips on ...?" questions don't usually work well. May 23 '12 at 10:45
  • Trying to change tips into questions that are about a problem, that's a hard thing. May 23 '12 at 10:46
  • @TomWijsman I agree, that is why I stated ask the question in a meaningful way, and then provide an answer so fantastic that it becomes the source of record If he has a tip that actually solved a problem he had there is no reason why he can't ask/answer himself. The example I gave in my comment was off the top of my head at midnight :) The purpose was to make him think about a broader problem, not a specific double tap.
    – user131
    May 23 '12 at 13:51
  • @Joe: I agree. Also, your edit is what makes the difference regarding constructiveness... May 23 '12 at 15:51

I think we can use a question transformed into a community wiki like this :What factors should I consider when choosing a Windows Phone device?

I think @tom-wijsman made that an wiki. I like the way that questions and answer is.

  • Do you mean one question for tips? Something like "What tips do you know?".
    – jumbo
    May 23 '12 at 5:32
  • Please read blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/08/the-future-of-community-wiki and furthermore note that I only put my answer that way and the question is intact. To summarize that blog post: Community Wiki is not the solution for stuff that doesn't fit on your community... May 23 '12 at 10:47
  • @TomWijsman I undestood your point of view. May 23 '12 at 11:32

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