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Re: a new Q&A category

by dysmai (Initiate)
on Mar 22, 2001 at 10:43 UTC ( #66268=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to a new Q&A category

Hell Yeah! Being a newbie my self I think that would be a Totaly great idea. Myself being in a situation of not knowing too much about the language would offer a place to ask the (dumb) questions without fear of the everpresnt downvote. I dig it.

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Re (tilly) 2: a new Q&A category
by tilly (Archbishop) on Mar 22, 2001 at 18:19 UTC
    As long as the questions are asked in a reasonable manner, I would doubt you should fear downvoting if you ask your questions in SoPW. And by not trying to segregate the monastery, I think you would increase your odds of getting good answers.
      I agree that a Q&A section should be all-inclusive, as I probably wouldn't ask a question if i didn't think there'd be someone experienced enough to answer it.

      A newbie discussion area might be a decent idea though, so us younguns can discuss things we're learning without burdening the older and wiser with our ramblings.

      ~Animal

        Ironically it would work the other way. Many of the more experienced people here will browse all or virtually all posts regardless of where they appear or what they are responses to. By contrast newbies tend to skim the current offerings on the site.

        Therefore the posts meant to "avoid bothering" experienced users would in fact be read by most experienced users and missed by most inexperienced ones. :-)

Re: Re: a new Q&A category
by LD2 (Curate) on Mar 22, 2001 at 10:51 UTC
    I think you should be able to post questions on SoPW..without fear of being downvoted. Many newbie questions may seem dumb or trival.. but who knows.. there are most likely others out there that have had the same questions and may be afraid to ask. We've all been newbies at one time or another. :) I think that most here would gladly be able to help or explain - but before posting any question - try and see if it's been posted or explained before using Super Search or whatnot (i.e. Google , PerlDoc.com, etc.).
      ld2 has got a valid point here. An area for the total newbie where questions cannot get downvoted (or upvoted for that matter) would be a good idea.
      That way newbies can learn the obvious without 'learning it the hard way' ie losing *cough precious XP. We should ofcourse restrict posting in this area to level 1-3 or something, real monks should never be afraid to face the monastery with their questions :)

      jorg

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