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I got the answer for my first question here very fast. So I'm curious about how the people here know all that information (I'm just a beginner ),then i remembered Slumdog Millionaire.

I'm wondering if is it a good idea for the people that answer the question to explain how they knew the answer. Maybe there is a story behind each answer.

Thanks to ALL.

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Belongs on meta - meta.stackoverflow.com - but don't repost, someone will be along to migrate it very shortly –  ChrisF Jan 17 '10 at 18:25
    
But its here to hear your opinions,maybe i shouldn't use 'Suggestion' word. ;) –  Anonymous Jan 17 '10 at 18:34
    
@ibmkhd: Meta is the place to go talk about things on the Trilogy and make suggestions. –  Zypher Jan 17 '10 at 18:36
    
If there's a really interesting story, the answerer is likely to mention the scenario he/she encountered a similar issue. However, most of the time, it's not that interesting or requires a lot of context. –  LeakyCode Jan 17 '10 at 22:55
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-1 because that movie was terrible. –  Dexter Jan 17 '10 at 23:29

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As the sage David Mitchell once put it (paraphrasing):

If I had to remember how I knew these things, I'd only have room for half as much stuff.

Plus if we had to recount it each time, we'd only have time for half as many answers ;-p

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Unless you're Jon Skeet. –  Tyler Carter Jan 17 '10 at 23:05
    
Or as Nietzsche put it: "It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!" –  Mauricio Scheffer Jan 18 '10 at 1:37

In general, it goes like this:

  1. I went to the crossroads at midnight.
  2. I sacrificed a chicken.
  3. Phil the Prince of Heck promised me infinite knowledge of programming trivia in return for my DVD of the first season of Star Trek.
  4. The rest is history.
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The story behind the answer in probably 99% of the questions is going to simply be "experience" (well that and there are some really freaking smart people too).

This would be across the Trilogy, there are a lot of people contributing here that have been working in the IT field for a long time and have run into many of the same situations that are troubling you.

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But maybe some of these answers remember someone with a hard/bad time in his career. –  Anonymous Jan 17 '10 at 18:58
    
@Anonymous: and how would that help the reader? –  Marc Gravell Jan 17 '10 at 23:04

It'd be "something similar happened to me once" in most cases.

I'd counter suggest, following the Give a man a fish paradigm, that pithy direct answers can be improved greatly with an explantory note, or link out to docs or discussion on the topic. Dedicated answerers do this all the time.

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