Asking Good Questions in Community Forums

Welcome and thank you for being part of the Apache Cassandra community!


Asking good questions will often get you a faster response and even better answers. So what makes a good question? This guide should help you draft a well-asked question.

Before asking a question

We encourage you to do a bit of research first. See if your question has already been answered in various channels:

Make sure you check the Cassandra logs, application logs and operating system logs because the log entries often give clues.

If you still need help, here are some things to consider when posting your question.

Use a meaningful title or subject line

Good: “Cassandra failed to start after upgrading from 3.11.9 to 4.0.1”

Bad: “HELP!!! Cassandra doesn’t start”

Explain the problem you’re trying to solve

Often users ask if it’s good to change parameter X or if they should run command Y but this often isn’t helpful. Instead, explain the issue you ran into and what outcome you’re after so you’ll be more likely to achieve it.

Provide background information. For example, a node went down because of a hardware failure or you were patching the OS. Knowing how you ran into a problem makes it easier to help you.

If you’ve tried some workarounds based on what you’ve researched on the internet, include the details in your question. It shows that you have made an effort to look for answers on your own.

List software versions

In many cases, the answer depends on the version you’re running. Include things like Cassandra version, Java version, driver/framework version (for example, or Java driver 4.11 or Spring Boot 3.3.1).

Provide details of the error

Don’t just post the error and expect an answer. We often need the full error message and the full stack trace. And in order to decipher the stack trace, make sure you provide the version as above.

Provide configuration details

Note how you have configured cassandra.yaml (for example). It isn’t necessary to post entire configuration files, just include the properties/items relevant to your question.

Depending on your question, it might be relevant to describe your cluster’s topology; number of nodes; whether the nodes are on-premise or in a public cloud; whether they are VMs, pods or bare-metal.

Data or app issues

For problematic queries, include the table schema and the full CQL query.

For app-related problems, provide some minimal code that reproduces the issue. It would also help to provide sample data that illustrates the problem.

List the expected result/output versus the actual result/output you got.

Are you ready?

For questions about developing apps or need help operating Cassandra, post on the Stack network. Please do not cross-post the same question to other channels such as Slack or the mailing lists.

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Hopefully you found this guide helpful. But it is just a guide – there are no strict rules for asking questions. The community is here to help for everyone’s benefit. So go ahead, how we can help you today?