I'm a daily user of Stack Overflow and it really is an amazing source of knowledge. However, after discussing with some colleagues, I'm wondering how often one should really ask a question at Stack Overflow (or any other Stack Exchange site for that matter). Due to the amount of good answers I find on the site, I'm tempted to ask at once I stumble upon a problem I cannot solve. I realize this will probably make the site 'worse' in the long run, so how much research, trial-and-error etc. should one do before asking a question?
I can't help but to feel somewhat 'stupid' from time to time when I ask a question and some random person replies to me that I should look here and there, before posting some half-angry comment about always having to try something, clean up my examples or search better.
Ultimately, I guess my question is somewhat divided;
- How often should I ask a question on Stack Overflow?
- How much experience should I have before asking? (Am I asking a 'dumb' question, that really is a waste of 'space' and that could be resolved using Google a bit more thorough)