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I actively participate on several other sites that maintain a high degree of decorum, post quality, and content accuracy. I appreciate those traits, and I would like to contribute to that end here. Unfortunately, other than some MATLAB, it has been a decade since I have done any programming, and then only basics in (engineering) college classes. I see that I have much to learn. I have already read the FAQ here, and for some things on Stack Exchange.

Topics I can speak with knowledge about:

  • Shadetree automotive repair
  • Design and implementation of professional sound reinforcement systems and/or equipment
  • Working in a clean room
  • The reaction behavior of certain ceramics with high temperature gasses

I doubt any of these are particularly relevant here! Are there community activities other than answering questions that I can undertake while climbing the coding learning curve? I don't want to be merely a "drive-by" poster.

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I, too, am full of knowledge and skills that no one will ever ask questions about! Perhaps you and I can both talk at the same time of our various esoteric exploits while ignoring the other and talking louder and louder. – JSONBog Dec 17 '10 at 16:57
The skills in your second bullet could be useful here: – Robert Harvey Dec 17 '10 at 17:27
I'll go look at audio, thanks Robert – phasetransitions Dec 17 '10 at 17:45
Out of random curiosity: how clean? //someone who occasionally works in moderately clean conditions. – dmckee Dec 17 '10 at 20:26
I worked in a Class 1 cleanroom in Austin, TX, the wafer fab formerly known as AMD FAB 25, and now a flash RAM fab for Spansion. It is just down the street from SemaTech, if you know Austin. – phasetransitions Dec 17 '10 at 23:14
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As long as you ask good (properly phrased, clear, readable, understandable) questions, there is no problem with asking only questions. Don't worry too much about "giving back" on that level - if you see something you can and want to answer, do it. Otherwise, nobody is going to look funny at you if you don't.

That said, there is a number of other StackExchange sites apart from programming, and a number of upcoming sites, that may profit from your participation!

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Pekka, thanks for the answer, I will look around area51 – phasetransitions Dec 17 '10 at 17:46

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