This is my personal requirements when it comes to responding to the hundreds of questions posted on this board every week. I think you'll find that the other veterans of this board have similar requirements.
1. Have you answered other peoples questions? You don't have to answer my questions but you do have to answer some questions. If I've never heard of you and you've asked a question, the first thing I do is look down the list of recent responses and see if you have responded to anyone else's question. WHIR means nothing to me. I want to see what you have done. It's my #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 most important requirement.
6. Have you responded to my question? Not as important as #1 to me but I always try to return the favor.
7. Can I help? Is there something I can actually help you with. 9 out of 10 times I can.
8. Have you provided us with the information needed to help you. http://forums.rotoworld.com/index.php?showtopic=31670
In short, respond to others BEFORE you expect them to respond to you.