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I don't really know where to post this.
I like Stack Overflow and it has been a great help as I build various applications - all with no formal training in computer science.
My concern is that I find many questions downvoted or criticized for being poorly worded or too simplistic.
I realize that often a Google search will reveal an answer, but is this site and its boards meant solely for folks who have already searched the internet for an answer? I thought this was an open forum for any code related question? Why should Google or some other source be used prior to seeking advice from the dedicated and experienced Stack Overflow community?
Many of the questioners on this site have limited English, limited access to education or other issues. This site is supposed to be the solution for this, no?
I learned to code primarily by reading and posting to a message board called on http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/ (this was 10+ years ago). The help and advice I got, despite some VERY, VERY dumb questions by me, helped me build and sell a large website.
Anyway, I see lots of new questions on the PHP tag with negative scores within minutes of being posted as if they are "dumb" questions, when I find that they are honest questions by people who simply need help.