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Stack Overflow is a Q&A platform that is based on the premise of people being willing to ask and answer. As a student and learner, I often have much to ask and not much to answer.

Does Stack Overflow encourage the act of asking whenever there is a good question, because this is considered healthy for the platform, or does it consider asking to be demanding of resources and to be limited when possible?

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If people were hesitant to ask questions then there wouldn't be as many to answer. – David Jun 27 '12 at 5:02
up vote 13 down vote accepted

If there is a guiding principle, it is this: Don't waste people's time.

Also this: Asking good questions is hard.

That said, if you are willing to make your question clear, answerable, and of interest to at least one other programmer, we'll give it our best shot.

The FAQ and How to Ask contain plenty of guidance on how to ask good questions.

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....and as long as it's not a duplicate! – Ben Brocka Jun 27 '12 at 3:19
The other answer suggesting the opposite was deleted. Was this a moderation act? Should I then consider this as the right answer, definitedly? – user189341 Jun 27 '12 at 3:23
Andrew deleted his own answer. – Robert Harvey Jun 27 '12 at 3:24
Hmm, I see. Anyway, it is obvious that this is the community opinion. Thanks. – user189341 Jun 27 '12 at 4:16
It would be also great if all this was also applicable to a call center. – cregox Sep 9 '13 at 18:05

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