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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?

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

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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

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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.

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Thanks for the help. –  Scott Browne Nov 19 '12 at 11:08

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