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I consider myself a good programmer, and want to answer questions in stack overflow.

But, all valid answers are posted within five minutes of questions being posted. I admire the enthusiasm of strong stack overflow community.

But wondering, how do I score points when valid answers are already posted.

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Should be on meta... –  Macmade Jul 22 '10 at 12:12
    
move to meta.stackoverflow.com –  KevinDTimm Jul 22 '10 at 12:13
    
exact duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/17204/… –  SilentGhost Jul 22 '10 at 12:25

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

Valid answers are only posted within 5 minutes on really easy questions. I've got my rep by finding the slightly trickier ones in subjects I know well and other people might not. (439 rep so far; I've only been a member for slightly longer than you.)

I also like to read the question and estimate what the person knows or doesn't, so sometimes if they seem like a new programmer I'll answer an already-answered question with more detail, links, tutorials, etc. The selected answer is usually the best one, not the first one. You also get rep from upvotes.

Also, stop worrying about scoring points. They're just points. Nobody really cares that much unless you've got > 10,000. Worry about helping people instead - it's much more satisfying!

(Oh - You also get 100 points for associating stackoverflow and meta.stackoverflow accounts. Thank you for that.)

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Yes, this is what I would've said. Find your niche and provide high-quality answers with specific code lines. –  Tobiasopdenbrouw Jul 22 '10 at 12:29
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"They're just points." - Exactly. I've come to the conclusion that any score over a few hundred is less a measure of skill and more a measure of how much that person has used the site. Sure, there are the popular "great ones" (Jon Skeet, etc.) and there are those people who have asked truly stellar questions or given truly stellar answers. But many times those are the same questions/answers that any of us may ask/give, they just did it first. It's not a measure of intelligence or experience, just site usage. –  David Jul 22 '10 at 12:30
    
Thanks a ton. This is interesting. –  user149111 Jul 22 '10 at 13:03

Patience. Remember, it's not a competition.

  1. You can earn points and badges for lots of things, not just "the correct answer."
  2. If you find an answer that's correct and even accepted, but in some way incomplete or could use more information, add it in a comment.
  3. Feel free to browse the old unanswered questions, maybe you can contribute to something there.
  4. If you're itching to try out answering questions, hit that Questions link at the top and see the latest questions. Sometimes they come in faster than the answers, sometimes they don't. There will be plenty to answer.
  5. Even if somebody beats you to it while you're typing an answer, post yours anyway. Maybe yours is slightly better, maybe yours looks at the problem from a viewpoint more relevant to the asker, etc.
  6. It's not about the one correct answer to a question. It's about multiple people giving multiple answers and lots of input and those responses get voted up/down accordingly by the community. You might not be marked as the accepted answer, but you could still be voted up with a good and informative response.
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Yep. I truly understand, it is not a competition. But i'm amazed by how many good answers, people get within a short span of time. –  user149111 Jul 22 '10 at 13:03

By pressing F5 regularly and not working on your primary job:). Seriously fast posted answers are not always correct and also not answering fully the question(except Jon Skeet's). Maybe you post your answer in 15 minutes but it will get far more pluses, because it is more accurate.

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"By pressing F5 regularly and not working on your primary job:)" - That's actually my approach some days, I admit :) –  David Jul 22 '10 at 12:25
    
You gotta admit, for a Q&A site having people race to give the answer first has got to be a good sign. I love the fact that I can get at least a rudimentary answer very quickly when I post questions instead of having to check back in a few days like a normal message forum. –  JohnFx Jul 22 '10 at 12:51
    
@JohnFx - You are absolutely right. I just wanted to explain to the author of the post, that if there is an already posted answer, it doesn't mean the question is fully answered and finished. –  Petar Minchev Jul 22 '10 at 13:04

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