Introduction: Recently there have been many threads created on the Plugin Development forums where the main post does not have all, and in some cases any, of the information needed to help with the thread's problem. This problem has been around since I started helping the forums about 2 years ago, and I can imagine it has been around long before that. From what I can tell, there has not been any threads discussing how these help requests should be structured. This is where this post comes in. This post is suppose to give a guideline as to how to write up a plugin help request. Since every problem is different, the things listed are what your post should have. Before you post: Before you even make a post, do the following: Do Rubber-Duck Debugging; Talk out what your code does. Read and say (if needed, out loud) what each and every line of your code does. This will help you see if there are any illogical lines or statements in your code that could be causing the problem. Do Print-Debugging; Have your code print out a line to see if your plugin is running. This is one of the most simplest ways of debugging. All you have to do, is place "System.out.println("Flag")" in your code in the places where you want to see if your code works. If you look at your Command Line after doing a specific task and see "Flag" printed out on one of the lines, you know that bit of your code is being read. If you do not see the "Flag" printed out on one of the lines, you would move that line around until you see it (if you place that line under an if statement, move it above and see if it will print the line) . Use Google; You are most likely not the only person in the world with that problem. Before you make a post, make sure no one else has posted the exact same thing before. Simply go to google and type "Bukkit [if needed, add "Help" ] [Your problem/the thing you are working with]". So, lets say you are having trouble with packets, you would search "Bukkit help Packets", or if you are looking for a specific packet such as "PacketPlayOutWorldBorder", you would type "Bukkit PacketPlayOutWorldBorder" Some common mistakes can be solved using this thread. This should solve roughly 80% of the posts on the Plugin Development forums. Please keep in mind as well: Please do not expect us to post code or give "Example code" (which are exactly the same thing). On the Bukkit forums, we call that "Spoonfeeding". The reason why we do not spoonfeed is because Spoonfeeding does not guarantee the code will even work (can be made to not work) Spoonfeeding does not guarantee the code is written the proper way (can have bad practices) Spoonfeeding does not guarantee the person receiving the code will understand how it works. Spoonfeeding does not guarantee the person receiving the code will know how to use it. Spoonfeeding does not guarantee the person receiving the code will know how to modify it to fit whatever they need. Spoonfeeding does not guarantee the person receiving the code is even capable of programming! (spoonfeeding only requires the person to know how to use ctrl+c and ctrl+v) We are here to tell you whats wrong, and how to fix it. That is it. If you cannot fix your own code with what we tell you, then you should not be making plugins. Now, onto the actual post. Your Current Code: This is the second most important parts of your thread. This is the main reason why you are here, and letting us see it will be an enormous help to everyone taking the time to read your problem. No one is here to "steal your code" or "Take your idea", most likely, it has been done before. So please, do the following: If your plugin gives you an error message in the Command Line, post your whole class. The error message tells us what line is causing the problem, and it tells us this by giving us the number of lines down the problem starts. If you can: Post the exact line that the error message tells you the error is being caused by. If your plugin does not load at all, post your Main class (The class the extends Java plugin, it does not necessarily have to be named "Main"), your plugin.yml and the structure of your plugin. Most likely, it will be one of those three things that is causing the plugin. If your plugin just simply does not do the thing you want, and it does not give an error message, then post the Main class and the method that does not work (and any method related to it). If your method calls another method in a different class, post that other class. Remember: Post your code in the [code][/code] brackets. Do this by going into Insert>Code> and past your code. Also format your code before posting. Formatted code is easier to read, and makes it easier to see mistakes. An Explanation of your problem: This is one of the most import parts of your thread. I have seen many posts that only give a single sentence about what is happening, and a lot more with just the phrase "Doesn't work". This is in no way helpful to anyone reading your post. You may know what you mean by it, but most likely the people reading your code will have no idea what you mean. To help us solve your problem: Give us a detailed explanation of what is happening. What was supposed to happen? What is currently happening? What do you do to recreate the problem? Post any errors you receive. They are there for a reason, so post them. Although to you it may look like random words (Which in that case, you should read this), it contains what the problem is and what line is causing the problem, and from that we can find out what you can do to fix your problem. What you have tried: This also makes a difference. We need to know what you tried, if anything, to try and fix your problem. Having us tell you to do things that you already done is useless. When posting what you tried: Post the code that you have inserted, deleted, or modified. This will help us see if you have done those things correctly Post the results of what you have done. Tell us if it even has made a change to the plugin or problem in any way. If you have any plugins, remove them and see if that changes anything. Most likely, this will not affect the situation. Only do this if you have any plugins that might interfere with your plugin. Example Post: Code:. Remember: Use [code][/code]tags by going into Insert>Code> and paste your code. Also format your code before posting. Formatted code is easier to read, and makes it easier to see mistakes. Problem:. Please post more than one sentence. What you can do to recreate the problem:. Possible problematic line(s):. The FULL Error log: . We need the full error log from the console. "An internal error has occured" will not help us understand what line is causing the problem. What you have tried: .