jjman6 wrote:#1 Yes i was the one on the IRC over a week & getting no responses or help.
frankly i didn't expect to get so quick nor so thorough here
I engaged a private conversation with you on the #freecad IRC channel, but you weren't replying so I left after a few minutes. I seldom use IRC so I have no idea if the conversation was deleted when I logged out.
If you did read my comments, well duh! I did
say that *the* place to get quick and efficient help is right here, period.
Not on that #freecad wasteland. Sure you got a couple of devs discussing over there and occasionally an end user or two, but all the FreeCAD developers and all the experienced FreeCAD users are active on this forum, not on #freecad.
I read almost daily the IRC logs on http://freecadlog.archivist.info
and I really can't believe the people who persist in hanging out on that channel, asking for help on FreeCAD use, getting no answers yet coming back day after day... It's baffling to witness.
IRC is such an obsolete medium, utterly unsuited for getting help on a program like FreeCAD. This forum allows us to attach images and FreeCAD files (even DXF and others), conversations are separated by topics archived for posterity, replies to a question can be very thorough, well formatted, etc. What's ironic is that web-based forums have been around for more than 15 years. phpBB, the forum engine used here has not changed much since. I'm not on Facebook but I frequent Google+, I moderate the FreeCAD community over there, and frankly it is much easier to communicate on this forum than on G+.
jjman6 wrote: As my experience with asking for help online is well; "RTFM is the general demeanor".
Point well taken, many of us (and that includes myself
) in open source communities have this habit. Truth is, relating to the FreeCAD project, there's not many people who work on documentation, and with FreeCAD's development cycle it's difficult to keep up. So the forum is here to fill in the gaps.
Also you might be interested in the new FreeCAD manual
triplus wrote:Nice tip.
I'm sure you know that the tangent constraint can be used to make two lines collinear, but after experimenting with the feature I found that it was introducing instability to the solver, with the geometry locking up at some point like jjman6 was seeing in his sketch. So I stopped using the tangent constraint that way. But that was a couple years ago, maybe things have improved since then.
And I'm now one reply short of 10,000.