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I've known about Stack Overflow for a while, since it comes up nearly every time I google for the solution to a programming issue I'm having. However, I've only recently created an account (on SO, not meta.SO) and started posting my own questions, since I'm having a lot of trouble with VBA.

Anyways, I've been overwhelmed by how helpful the SO community is! I really appreciate it, and I would love to give back somehow. The problem is, there are almost no questions on this site that I can answer helpfully. The broad majority of what experience I have is with Java, and all of the Java questions I see coming up are too advanced for me.

So I suppose this is a strange question, but is there anything else I can do to contribute and help SO? I feel bad giving nothing back!

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You can:

  • Continue to ask questions. Really, we need questions to give answers to!

  • Edit existing posts. If you see a post that could do with some language polishing (spelling mistakes, grammar, etc.) or formatting improvements, go ahead and improve it!

  • Specialize. There are always questions about a subject you happen to know something about, but others don't. You just have to find that subject. It'll be there, don't worry.

  • Help improve the tag wikis (create new ones for those that don't have one yet). Each tag has a tag wiki associated with it, as well as an excerpt. When you mouse-over a tag it shows the excerpt, and when you click on the info link you are taken to the wiki page.

  • Vote up good questions and answers, vote down those that are bad. Give feedback to new users to help them improve their posts.

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The best thing you can do is vote-up questions and answers you find interesting and helpful.

Also down-vote unhelpful answers and questions which aren't useful.

Edit posts to make them more readable and, thus, more useful.

Help create or improve tag wikis.

Fix inappropriate tags on questions; add missing tags.

There's lots to do to make Stack Overflow and the rest of Stack Exchange better besides answering questions.

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What do you mean by help create or improve tag wikis? – Austin R Sep 14 '12 at 14:21
@AustinR: Each tag on SO has a description attached to them, and an excerpt. See for an example (click the 'show excerpt' link too). You can suggest improvements for these. – Martijn Pieters Sep 14 '12 at 14:32

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