I want to answer questions in Stack Overflow but I have 0 rep and I don't want to ask dumb questions... How to Proceed?

by Eliezer Garza   Last Updated March 14, 2019 20:24 PM - source

I'm an engineer with 20+ Years of Exp in Java/.Net/the kitchen sink/etc. and very regular user of the site.

Sometimes I feel pity for the poor engineer that's going to be stuck with his problem because I can't lend them a hand.

Answers 1

So... There's something very broken with our UI, because this question comes up quite a bit. I mean a lot. Waaaay more often than it should. I say this to reassure you that this isn't your fault, and that you're not alone.

Fortunately, there's an easy solution:

  1. Find the question you wish to answer
  2. Scroll down
  3. Keep scrolling - past any existing answers, past any ads, past any other banners or text... Until you find this: Post Your Answer
  4. Type your answer into the text area, and click "Post Your Answer"

If, instead of finding the text area shown in step #3, you find this:

Protected: "Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site"

...then please see: What is a “protected” question?

March 14, 2019 19:59 PM

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