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How do you discover good/interesting questions quickly and efficiently to answer?

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Feel like this is a dupe, but I'm not seeing it. ): – Rebecca Chernoff Dec 13 '10 at 21:49
Not sure what "tools" implies? If it's just about how to find the right questions that you can answer then see How to find the right questions that I can answer? – Arjan Dec 13 '10 at 21:56
possible duplicate of How do YOU use Stack Overflow? – Ether Dec 14 '10 at 0:19

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RSS feeds in conjunction with Notifixlite to get IM notifications on feed updates. I usually subscribe to the tag feeds of feeds I like, care about (like RSS :D)

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This has by far been the best way to keep a real time view of stackoverflow. Nice tip. – Mike Dec 28 '10 at 16:52

I tend to pick categories that I have the most experience in and seek out the newest questions there. I like to take my time answering, and even then I go back and revise my answer on an average of 3 times just because I want it to be a good answer.

I'm not always the fastest to answer, but that's not what SO is about. It is about providing the best answer.

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The main thing I've done is mark lots of tags as ignored, and hide questions with ignored tags.

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I just discovered the ignore feature a couple weeks ago. – Josh Dec 13 '10 at 19:50

I use StackGuru to store my preferred tags and have the questions delivered to my IM soon as they get posted.

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You might check http://stackapps.com to see what apps are of interest.

In particular the app tag is worth a click.

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I often use google to add references to further documentation.

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