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I asked http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/103255/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-from-so and it was closed within a minute as a duplicate of http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/34478/how-do-you-use-stackoverflow by random without a single comment.

I don't understand how they are the same. I was asking how people are managing posts from SO. If they are the same questions, shouldn't I be able to get an answer from the latter one? No, I can't find one. Could anyone explain how they are the same? Or is it also depending on reputation?

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closed as not constructive by Brad Mace, Mark Trapp, kiamlaluno, Cody Gray, Pops Aug 22 '11 at 13:57

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You have a comment now –  random Aug 20 '11 at 18:47
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Would you feel better if it was closed as "Not constructive"? Because it strikes me as yet another question that tries to use asking about learning as a substitute or stall tactic to avoid doing the actual learning. It's like asking "how do I learn this programming language?"--no one's going to give you an answer that learns the language for you. You have to put in the time and effort, and I don't see how these types of open-ended questions get anyone any closer to that goal. –  Brad Mace Aug 20 '11 at 19:11
    
@bemace, I don't feel anything about that. I am just trying to find a reason behind an action. If my question was not constructive, I am deserved to get that. But my question was marked as duplicate and I wanted to find out why. Do you understand that? –  TheFog Aug 20 '11 at 19:17
    
Ironically - you just learned something about the best way to learn from SO by having your question closed. –  sylvanaar Aug 20 '11 at 21:32
    
Aah, yet another shiny happy new user left beaten and bloody. The internets are a dangerous place, kid. You should always lurk before you leap. –  Won't Aug 22 '11 at 13:07

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Could anyone explain how they are the same?

People use Stack Overflow to get answers to questions (aka learn). So "How do you use Stack Overflow" is the equivalent to "How to you learn from Stack Overflow. I think we can assume that they weren't asking for bad ways to use it, so the "best" in your question doesn't differentiate it.

      How do you        |     use    | Stack Overflow | ?
           ≈            |      ≈     |        =       |
What's the best way to  | learn from | Stack Overflow | ?

If they are the same questions, shouldn't I be able to get an answer from the latter one? No, I can't find one.

If your question was a duplicate of a bad question, then no, you're not necessarily going to get an answer. But having two unanswered questions isn't any better than having one unanswered question, so closing it makes sense regardless.

Or is it also depending on reputation?

Really? You think there's a conspiracy amongst the experienced users to pick on you? Or could it be that your question just wasn't that great and didn't fit with the standards of the community?

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OK So according to your statements, closing a post should be based on how you put in the title without considering its content. –  TheFog Aug 20 '11 at 19:40
    
By the way, where did you learn english? I want to go there. –  TheFog Aug 20 '11 at 19:43
    
@TheFog: If you don't think the answers to the other question are useful or applicable to your question, the best thing to do is edit your question to clarify the difference between what you're asking and what is asked there. Getting into a grammatical debate isn't likely to accomplish anything. I'm rather offended by your last comment, considering I agree with bemace here, so I'm definitely not voting to re-open or likely to take much sympathy on you. Things work here the same way they do on SO: if you don't think it's a dupe, it's your job to make clear in the question. –  Cody Gray Aug 21 '11 at 6:46

I'm not sure whether I agree with the dupe-closing, but your question could need a bit more focus. Is a bit on the broad side - it reminds me of asking "how do you cope with the complexity of the modern world?" - it's a perfectly valid question, but you could write a book trying to answer it.

Try making it more specific - what exactly are you looking to gain from StackOverflow? Do you have a specific field of interest? Are you looking to ask, answer, or just observe? What brought you here, do you have a specific technical issue? Do you want to answer questions and gain a reputation?

I can't guarantee anything, but a specific question about an aspect of using Stack Overflow (with a defined goal of what you want to do) would have at least a better chance of staying open.

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You are right that question title is more general than it needs to be and my question have not well structured. I will try to improve that way. But I am not sure that's right reason for closing a question though. Thanks –  TheFog Aug 20 '11 at 18:54

Learning is such a nuanced and personal behavior that I don't think you'll be able to ask for guidance here. Perhaps on programmers.

Hence, I believe most any version of your question will be closed because it solicits opinions more than facts.

As to your original question: Find something that works and do it. Personally I tend to answer questions I know little about solely for the reason that I will need to do the most research and learn the most before answering. That said -- personal preference.

As a final note: Had you asked about the particulars of say Peter M's (could someone add a link -- I'm in an airport on a blackberry :/ ) edit management program in .Net -- your question would be much more on topic (esp. here on Meta).

Lastly, I think @random's close as duplicate at least points you in the right direction whereas I (being much more inexperienced) would've suggested closing as off-topis or not a real question.

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