FAQ: Getting Help¶
How do I do X? Why doesn’t Y work? Where can I go to get help?¶
If you can’t find an answer, please take a few minutes to formulate your question well. Explaining the problems you are facing clearly will help others help you. See the StackOverflow guide on asking good questions.
Then, please post it in one of the following channels:
- The Django Forum section “Using Django”. This is for web-based discussions.
- The django-users mailing list. This is for email-based discussions.
- The #django IRC channel on the Freenode IRC network. This is for chat-based discussions. If you’re new to IRC, see the Freenode documentation for different ways to connect.
In all these channels please abide by the Django Code of Conduct. In summary, being friendly and patient, considerate, respectful, and careful in your choice of words.
Why hasn’t my message appeared on django-users?¶
django-users has a lot of subscribers. This is good for the community, as it means many people are available to contribute answers to questions. Unfortunately, it also means that django-users is an attractive target for spammers.
In order to combat the spam problem, when you join the django-users mailing list, we manually moderate the first message you send to the list. This means that spammers get caught, but it also means that your first question to the list might take a little longer to get answered. We apologize for any inconvenience that this policy may cause.
Nobody answered my question! What should I do?¶
Try making your question more specific, or provide a better example of your problem.
As with most open-source projects, the folks on these channels are volunteers. If nobody has answered your question, it may be because nobody knows the answer, it may be because nobody can understand the question, or it may be that everybody that can help is busy.
You can also try asking on a different channel. But please don’t post your question in all three channels in quick succession.
You might notice we have a second mailing list, called django-developers. This list is for discussion of the development of Django itself. Please don’t email support questions to this mailing list. Asking a tech support question there is considered impolite, and you will likely be directed to ask on django-users.
I think I’ve found a bug! What should I do?¶
Detailed instructions on how to handle a potential bug can be found in our Guide to contributing to Django.
I think I’ve found a security problem! What should I do?¶
If you think you’ve found a security problem with Django, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a private list only open to long-time, highly trusted Django developers, and its archives are not publicly readable.
Due to the sensitive nature of security issues, we ask that if you think you have found a security problem, please don’t post a message on the forum, IRC, or one of the public mailing lists. Django has a policy for handling security issues; while a defect is outstanding, we would like to minimize any damage that could be inflicted through public knowledge of that defect.