I often find myself knowing how to approach a problem that someone has posed but I can't offer an answer that gives specific advice on exactly which function to call due to lack of API knowlege of, say, .NET, or the particular library they are using.
What do people feel about posting a generic answer? Should I bother?
Here's my current thinking:
From a general point of view, are such answers just noise? Especially when the question is answered by someone with a more specific knowledge, providing an API ref, method name or code.
From my point of view I have been downvoted in comparison when a more specific answer arrives. Whilst I endeavour not to take it personally, it can be a little disheartening.
The main justification - that I can think of - for providing a generic answer is that it gives someone a few ideas to go away with so that they can perhaps get a new angle on their problem.
I guess in some ways I'm also attempting to second guess the kind of answer that someone is after. So perhaps it would be more beneficial to post a comment instead.