Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 155 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

Possible Duplicate:
What is the best way to increase my reputation and privileges?

I am new to Stack Overflow, and I'm currently learning Objective-C with the Big-nerd-ranch guide. I have visited Stack Overflow repeatedly while learning Python with Zed-A-Shaw's Learn python The Hard Way. I have to say, I couldn't have done it without the help of Stack Overflow.

I decided today that I'd come here and try to help other beginners with problems I had encountered myself and hopefully become a valid member of the community. I stumbled upon the chat rooms, specifically the iOS beginners room, which I found has a 20 reputation requirement to use. As a new user/programmer with limited knowledge, what sort of things can I actively do in the community that would help me gain this reputation? I do not want it for free of course, I just want tips of what someone like myself can do to help.

TL;DR: I'm a new user with limited knowledge of Python 2.7 and Objective-C, what can I do currently to help other users and gain the reputation required to use the beginners chat room?

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Nov 19 '12 at 10:53

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

marked as duplicate by ben is uǝq backwards, ChrisF, Mat, Shadow Wizard, jonsca Nov 19 '12 at 11:18

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
If this question belongs anywhere it should be on meta, but is probably a duplicate even there, if not something you should read in the FAQ. – CashCow Nov 19 '12 at 10:53
    
Well - all you need is two upvotes - answer a couple of Python/Objective-C questions, and it's not that difficult to get 20 rep (but there's lots of ways of gaining rep. as per @Ben's link) – Jon Clements Nov 19 '12 at 10:57
    
I disagree that this is a duplicate question, in the one suggested, he is experienced and cannot find fresh, new questions to answer, My question was asking what I can do to help people out and earn my reputation when I have limited knowledge, his dilemma may well also apply to me, but it's not the same question and the same response will not answer them both. – Scott Browne Nov 19 '12 at 12:15
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You gain reputation by:

  1. asking smart questions and accepting the answers,
  2. answering questions in a good way,

All in all, be a valuable member and the reputation will come your way.

More can be found here in the FAQ.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks for the help. – Scott Browne Nov 19 '12 at 11:08

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .