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We are a community powered online resource for residents and visitors of Providence Rhode Island (and it's environs). Whether you are a local "townie", just visiting, or moving to the area, Providence Pow Wow is here to answer your questions. Have a question? Well, ask it! Know something useful? Well, share it!


Every time I move to a new place I have lot’s of questions:

This is the kind of local knowledge that we take for granted as long term residents, but can be very hard to come by for people considering moving to an area or planning a trip to an area. This is where ProvidencePowWow.com comes in.

Here you can ask and answer questions, comment and vote for the questions of others and their answers. Both questions and answers can be revised and improved. Questions can be tagged with the relevant keywords to simplify future access and organize the accumulated material.

This Q&A site is moderated by its members, hopefully – including yourself! Moderation rights are gradually assigned to the site users based on the accumulated “reputation” points. These points are added to the users account when others vote for his/her questions or answers. These points (very) roughly reflect the level of trust of the community.

No points are necessary to ask or answer the questions – so please – join us!

If you would like to find out more about this site – please click on the frequently asked questions below:


What kinds of questions can I ask here?

Most importantly – questions should be relevant to this community (people living in, visiting, or moving to the greater Providence area). Before you ask – please make sure to search for a similar question. Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question – in fact, it’s encouraged!

What kinds of questions should I not ask here?

Please avoid asking questions that are not relevant to this community, too subjective and argumentative.

✖ Was Buddy Cianci good for Providence?Why? Too open-ended and potentially argumentative.

Are you allowed to raise chickens in Providence?Why? Relevant to Providence residents & answerable.

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. We may add a discussion forum in the future if there is enough demand for this type of communication.

Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much.

If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK.

What should I avoid in my answers?

ProvidencePowWow.com is a question and answer site – it is not a discussion group. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the essence of questions and answers. If there is enough interest, we may create a discussion forum in the future.

What is reputation?

Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you; it is earned by convincing your peers that you know what you’re talking about. Basic use of the site, including asking questions, answering, and suggesting edits, does not require any reputation at all. But the more reputation you earn, the more privileges you gain on ProvidencePowWow.com.

The primary way to gain reputation is by posting good questions and useful answers. Your peers will vote on your posts, and those votes will cause you to gain (or, in rare cases, lose) reputation:

answer is voted up +10
question is voted up +5
answer is accepted +15 (+2 to acceptor)
question is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)
answer is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)

What is the etiquette here?

Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated.

Be nice.
Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you. We’re all here to learn together. Be tolerant of others who may not know everything you know. Bring your sense of humor.

Be honest.
Above all, be honest. If you see misinformation, vote it down. Add comments indicating what, specifically, is wrong. Provide better answers of your own. Best of all — edit and improve the existing questions and answers!

What if I don't get a good answer?

First, make sure you’ve asked a good question (see above). To get better answers, you may need to put additional effort into your question. Edit your question to provide status and progress updates. Document your own continued efforts to answer your question. This will naturally bump your question and get more people interested in it.

Why are some questions or answers removed?

Questions that are not a good fit for this site may be closed by experienced community members. Closed questions cannot be answered, but are eligible for improvement (and eventual re-opening) through editing and voting.

Common reasons a question or answer may be removed include:

  • exact duplicate – This question covers exactly the same ground as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be merged with another identical question.
  • off topic – Questions on ProvidencePowWow.com are expected to generally relate to life in the Greater Providence area in some way.
  • not constructive – This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.
  • not a real question – It’s difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.

May I promote websites or products I'm affiliated with?

Be careful, because the community frowns on overt self-promotion and tends to vote it down and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, so be it. However, you must disclose your affiliation in your answers.

If a huge percentage of your posts include a mention of your product or website, you’re probably here for the wrong reasons. Our advertising rates are quite reasonable; contact us for details. We also offer free community promotion ads for open source projects and non-profit organizations.