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How to do a helpful forum post requesting assistance

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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,006 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Wed 08 Jun 2011 04:31 AM (UTC)
Below is an example of a helpful way of requesting assistance. Comments are in italic. This is from a hypothetical MUSHclient user who is experiencing a problem ...

  • Brief summary of problem:

Hi! I am having trouble getting my health and mana trigger to match.

  • Summary of client version and operating system:

I am using MUSHclient 4.73 on Windows XP.

This is the trigger I am using:

   match="*hp *m *mv&gt; "

  • A copy of the MUD output that should match the trigger:

Here are some examples of the MUD output I get:

10520hp 90m 1400mv> 
10525hp 92m 1432mv> 
10534hp 94m 1460mv> 

  • Some indication that you read the FAQ in an attempt to solve the problem:

I read the FAQ, and point 22 seemed a bit relevant, but didn't help me.

  • A description of the manner in which it isn't working:

The trigger doesn't match. I know this because I edited the trigger and it said "0 matches".

  • A copy of the error message, if there is one:

Here is the error I get:

Run-time error
World: Smaug
Immediate execution
[string "Trigger: "]:1: attempt to perform arithmetic on global 'bar' (a function value)
stack traceback:
        [string "Trigger: "]:1: in main chunk

  • What you are trying to do:

I want to match the prompt so I can keep track of my current health and warn me if it gets low.

  • Say which scripting language you are using, if scripting is involved:

I am scripting in Lua.

  • Specify which MUD you are on - some problems are MUD-specific:

I am playing on Realms of Despair. Here is a link to their site:


  • Any other information which indicates what the problem might be:

The problem only occurs in combat.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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