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If you don't mind, check out my account. Agreed, I have asked a lot more questions than written answers, but I'm still learning. http://stackoverflow.com/users/1591067/kcdwayne
Here's an example of a post that was down-voted 3 times.[6 downvotes now - point proven?]
Personally, I think it's a great post, although maybe not a great question because I left out the top of the code (I figured that was obvious).
Most of the time I visit this site it's to read existing answers, but sometimes I get stuck. Reading the posts in meta, it seems like new members are practically shunned. I just recently received the ability to comment questions, which prevents me from getting an answer downvoted because I'm requesting more information. The site seems chocked full of catch-22s.
I love the site, it's a great resource. The system is a bit harsh on newcomers though. Maybe there needs to be a separate resource for web and software, or a place for beginners. I understand that some questions just lack research and I agree some should be punished, but in my personal experience this is ridiculous.