Hi everybody! I'm Rocco- and I'm the developer who built Help-QA. I'd love to hear how you're liking the place, so feel free to drop me a shout any time!

All of the code for this site is hosted open-source with โค on Github:

Want to help maintain the site? We have a Donate page!

Have a feature request? I want to hear about it! Send me a shout!

If you'd like to contact me directly for any reason, my email is

Where did you grow up?

Utah, US

Where do you live now?

Utah, US

What is the highest level of education you have attained?

High school, some college. Dropped out and taught myself to code. Doing pretty well now. ๐Ÿ‘

What subjects did/do you enjoy most at school?

Pretty much everything! I love learning.

What's your favorite sport or sports?

I'm an injured Free Runner. (I do Parkour and FreeRunning) I also enjoy normal running, but I don't have an interest in competitive/team sports.

What kind of jobs have you held? Industries too!

Been a mechanic at a bowling alley and a programmer for most of my working history.
Before that, I was a coach at a gym for parkour and gymnastics.

What hobbies are you into?

I write code, I hang out with my family, and I enjoy life!

I also like to go bowling, golfing, and jump on the trampoline!

What causes are you concerned about today?

Simply the over-dramatics that people are in, and their tendency to over-exaggerate issues they come across.

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Merry Christmas, Help-QA!

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No announcement. May everybody had a good time celebrating whatever days they celebrate and may the coming year be your best one yet. ๐Ÿ˜

Happy Birthday,!

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Itโ€™s been a year since the announcement that this iteration of Help was created.

New Feature: Whispers

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You can now "whisper" in a similar way to using quotes.

Help-QA feature poll: Changing Anonicons

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Current Anonicon functionality:

Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate.

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He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say.

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Its been nearly a year?!

11/11 is our official birthday. ๐Ÿ˜Š

- written - voted for by Nevermind, verge, Araz, smiley
Everyone is extremely grateful for this 'resurrection' as it were.

Youโ€™re all very kind. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Iโ€™ll see what I can do to get a donate button added soon! Iโ€™ve been more pre occupied with more important features and making the site a more pleasant experience (like fixing that silly link preview) but a donate button should be pretty quick and easy. Iโ€™ll toss it up tonight after work!

Thank you everyone. ๐Ÿ™

- written - voted for by PepperJ, Evansent, Pixels, ProffVampy
Not sure if anyone is interested but the original Help started in 1999.

I joined around 06/07, I believe. Hard to remember. Help got me through so many things, and honestly- the biggest help was the community here just being friendly and accepting, more than just answering my posts when I needed help. The friends and memories I made here will stick with me forever. :)

Although I've never met anybody from Help in real life (Except 1, but I knew her in person before she joined so it doesn't count) I still consider them true friends of mine who I owe my life to. Those are the ones that got me motivated to take this project on.

I plan to keep this up as long as possible, but it's a community driven site. The old Help was around for nearly 10 years before many of us found it (Except Ralph. He's been around since forever, apparently)- which just goes to show that it may take some time before there is a constant stream of users that are finding us and posting.

To keep the site alive, the best thing we can all do is stick around as long as we can and help each and every person that comes to our doorstep. If we can maintain that great community, Help will survive.

- written - voted for by smiley, Mya, Ambereyes, ProffVampy
What do you honestly think would happen if the help community actually met in person?

Weโ€™d all sit quietly. And awkwardly try to socialize with each other.
Iโ€™m pretty sure at least 85% of us is socially inept to some degree. ๐Ÿ˜„

- written - voted for by ๐•อคอญอฅฬ‡๐•–๐•ฅ๐•šใ€‚(Yeti.), Aria, Nix
For those of you who were on the original help site,

soco wrote:
It's like looking for a lost dog with only 2 legs from on top of a mountain.

To be fair, finding a 2 legged dog should be relatively easy.

- written - voted for by BuckingFastard(JN), DocteurRalph
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Does anyone here understand how to calculate interest?

This is called compound interest.
The formula is this:

A = P(1 + (r/n))^nt

A = final amount
P = initial principal balance
r = interest rate
n = number of times interest applied per time period
t = number of time periods elapsed

So, with your numbers:

A = ???
P = 10,000 -- initial loan
r = 0.1 -- 10% = 10/100 = 1/10 = 0.1
n = 1 -- Assuming interest compounds yearly
t = 5 -- Number of years

A = 10000 * (1 + 0.1/1)^(1*5)
A = 10000 * 1.1^5
A = 10000 * 1.61051
A = 16105.1

So you'd end up paying $16,105.10 at the end of your 5 year period.
There are many online calculators that will help you out with these, but yes- this is standard. Compound interest is used across investments, loans, and general banking, as well as many other things. It's less of a "common formula" and more just how things work.

Of course, many of them compound monthly, but in order to keep things simple they tell you the yearly interest. To get the monthly interest, just divide the yearly interest by 12 and then multiply either the period or number of compounds by 12. You can see the numbers get a lot harder to work with, but you'll end up with the same results in most situations, assuming you're not paying it down over time. Some institutions might charge interest on the full amount and other loans might be based on the amount still owed. Usually it's the former, but credit card debt is based on the current amount rather than the total.

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How can I post a picture in a message/post?

HQA doesn't host/store images, so if you want to include an image in a message or post, assuming it's hosted elsewhere, you just drop in the url!

The above is just this:

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is this place still alive?

I'm a lurker. :) I see most things that happen here, but for the most part I'm just a fly on the wall.

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How do you make friends as an adult?

My brother bought some racquet ball equipment and regularly posts on social media that he's got a gym membership with a guest, so he can bring other people. He just leaves an open invite and talks to people about it and now and then he gets people to come.

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How do you make friends as an adult?

Hobbies. That's basically the only way. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Find a hobby, even if it's as simple as walking. There are lots of online meetup type sites and apps where you can find others that enjoy the hobby as well. Find groups that talk about or do the hobby collectively. Join those groups, and be open. Talk to people and be friendly. Friends will come.

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