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  • What kinds of questions can I ask on AutoCAD Q&A?
  • Most importantly, questions should be relevant to our community, that is the AutoCAD software (vanilla and vertical releases). Before you ask, please make sure to search for a similar question. You can search for questions by their title, categories or tags.
  • What kinds of questions should be avoided?
  • Please avoid asking questions that are not related to AutoCAD, too vague, subjective or argumentative. Questions about piracy are prohibited and will cause your banishment. Do not ask questions which are answered in AutoCAD help... This site is not designed to be a duplicate of the official AutoCAD help. Avoid demands like "Could you write me a LISP program that will do all the work for me"? We can help you understand how LISP works, not do your work.
  • What should I avoid in my answers?
  • AutoCAD Q&A is a question and answer site - it is not a discussion group. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the quality of the forum.

    For brief discussion, or to thank someone for their answer, please post comments, not answers. You can also use the personnal messaging system.
  • Who moderates this community?
  • The short answer is: you ! . This website is moderated by the users. Points system allows users to earn rights to perform a variety of moderation tasks.
    There is of course a super moderator you can contact using the feedback form.
  • How does point system work?
  • When a question or answer is voted up, the user who posted it will gain points. These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in that person. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points.

    For example, if you ask an interesting question or useful answer, it will likely be voted up. On the other hand if the question is poorly-worded or the answer is misleading - it will likely be voted down. Each up vote on a question will generate 1 points, whereas each vote against will subtract 1 points. The following table lists points gained per activity:

    Posting a question: + 20 points
    Selecting an answer for your question: + 30 points
    Per up vote on your question: + 10 points
    Per down vote on your question: - 10 points
    Limit from up votes on each question: + 100 points
    Limit from down votes on each question: 30 points
    Posting an answer: + 40 points
    Having your answer selected as the best: + 300 points
    Per up vote on your answer: + 20 points
    Per down vote on your answer: - 20 points
    Limit from up votes on each answer: + 200 points
    Limit from down votes on each answer: 50 points
    Voting up a question: + 10 points
    Voting down a question: + 10 points
    Voting up an answer: + 10 points
    Voting down an answer: + 10 points
    Add for all users: + 100 points
  • How to change my picture (gravatar), and what is gravatar?
  • The picture that appears in user profiles is called a gravatar, which means globally recognized avatar.

    Here is how it works: You upload your picture (or your favorite alter ego image) to the website from where we later retrieve your image using a cryptographic key based on your email address.

    This way all the websites you trust can show your image next to your posts and your email address remains private.

    Please personalize your account with an image - just register at (just please be sure to use the same email address that you used to register with us). The default gray image is generated automatically.
  • Can I receive new questions by mail?
  • Yes, you can add a category to your favorites by clicking the small "heart" icon in the upper right category screen. Then you'll receive new topics by email.
  • Can I embed a video?
  • Yes paste any video URL in your message, the video will be embeded automaticaly. For Autodesk's screencasts paste the following URL:, where SCREENCAST_ID is the unique number identifying the screencast. The screencast should be publicly available.
  • Can I add an image in the body of my messages?
  • Yes, click on the "Image" icon in the editor toolbar, you can then add an image or link to an existing one.
  • Do I have a profile page?
  • Not until you register on this site!
  • Is there a Mobile app ?
  • Yes ! For Android here
  • What are the colors used for?
  • This is how the color code works:
  • How do I specify wich release the question is about?
  • You can optionaly specify wich AutoCAD release your question relates to, for example:
    • 2016
    • 2015, 2016
    • >2013 (means all versions from, and including, version 2013)
    • <2013 (means all versions up to, and including, version 2013)
  • How can I get rid of ads?
  • You can disable inline ads by registering

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