I have been a forum poster for awhile. This is confusing because I have answered a lot of forum posts before on forum websites with code and cohesive statements. I even repeated a post here on a forum and got an answer immediately that was short and to the point. So whats the differences between the two models?
I think the confusion between the different linked sites confuses me too. For instance, I posted in computer science theory by mistake and got a bunch of markdowns on the question instead of being moved like a forum
Going more specific or adding to the bolded question whats the difference between question and answer and asking on msdn forums (they lock the topic or move to off-topic if it does not apply) for an answer? I rarely see specific code samples that are useful to my environment here and more useful posts with full source on msdn forums. For instance, A topic which is a general question and answer such as what is a variable? This should have the answer link to a general programming Q&A site instead of upvoting it because it was rephased a little different (puts too much dummy content nullifying the usefulness of the website).
P.S. it would be useful to have some people have suggestions on improvement to the question ans/or content or "wrong Q+A site" instead of immediately marking down in-case the asker posted to the wrong site.