I was having trouble with something. So I posted a question. It was immediately downvoted and then, after I edited it and rewrote it it was downvoted again and then closed.
Now I should mention that I don't care about my points. At all. I'm here to learn and help, not to get points and badges. Of course the points, like money, are useful for what they can do (some of those privileges are very useful and properly a bit hard to get).
Which brings me to the question "What's the point of Stack Overflow?" Isn't this a site that's supposed to connect, for lack of better terms, students and teachers? Question-askers with answer-givers? The old adage "there is no such thing as a stupid question" seems to be true everywhere but on Stack Overflow.
There truly is no such thing as a stupid question. A question is simply someone asking for help. Even if their wording is terrible, [a] it can be corrected and [b] that same terrible wording might help other find the answers to questions as people who don't know things often don't know those things in similar ways.
Ok. I've spent an hour or so reading justifications for downvoting questions (downvoting answers seems quite clear). None of them made much sense to me and I finally realized why, which is why I'm writing and trying to make this wonderful site better:
What is the point of Stack Overflow?