- If you are not registered on Blogger (and logged in), you will have to suffer through a Captcha verification. I usually cringe when I have to prove to Captcha that I'm a human (or reasonable facsimile), so I'm reluctant to do this. Unfortunately, the blog gets a nontrivial amount of comment spam even with the Captcha, and a surreal amount without it.
- Please limit yourself to comments and questions pertinent to the topic of the post. I thought this was self-evident, but apparently I was wrong. Think about how you would feel if you went to a forum or blog on operations research and had to wade through a bunch of comments about what clothing people wore at the Oscars. Now think how someone else feels reading a post on Linux software and having to wade through a bunch of questions about integer programming.
- CPLEX comes with rather good documentation, for which I've added a link in the right margin. It also comes with a number of sample programs (source code) in all the supported APIs. Before asking how to do XYZ in CPLEX, please avail yourself of these resources. I realize that some questions are hard to answer even after reading the documentation, and I do not mind tackling those (on a relevant post -- see the previous item). At the same time, it's not my mission in life to save other people the trouble of reading the documentation. Before asking a question, please be sure you know the meaning of the acronym RTFM.
- This is a blog, not a help forum. Again, I am happy to answer questions about the content of a post, but if you need help on some software or (more likely) OR topic and it's not related to a particular post, you will have better luck (and I will be less cranky) if you go to a suitable forum. Please see the "Resources" box on the right for links to a few. I monitor some or all of those forums, so if you post the question there, it's quite likely I'll see it.
- If you feel the need to include in your comment a lengthy excerpt of code from your program, you really need to read the previous bullet point again.
- Finally, please have a look at "Help Vampires: A Spotter’s Guide".
I would like to keep the blog open as widely as possible to comments, and I am happy to have both dialogs with readers and broader, multi-party discussions. There has been some abuse of this policy, though, and so I am forced to lay down some ground rules.