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Should we respond at 0% accept rate ?

I find myself every day not answering the basic questions when a User has less than 10 reps or less than 50% accept rate ...

Should I change the way I see the community or I should left this for new comers to answer and move on?

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marked as duplicate by Ian Ringrose, Cody Gray, jzd, Jon Seigel, Dori May 25 '11 at 20:03

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Why, exactly, do you find yourself not answering such questions? –  Cody Gray May 25 '11 at 5:27
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You were a newbie once too, you know. If you know the answer, provide it. –  John Dibling May 25 '11 at 5:37
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It's up to you, really. If you don't want to answer some questions, don't. There's plenty to go around. –  Anna Lear May 25 '11 at 5:44
    
I said, I find my self, so I'm not doing it on propose! It's kind'a I just answer questions and hope for high reps... :o( maybe I'm just felling blue –  balexandre May 25 '11 at 6:36

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I will say it depends your own feelings. But as said in the podcast by Skeet I guess, it's good to answer question with the same effort as the OP does ask his question.

So big question, with lot of details deserves good answer. Poor question does not. I think accept rate may be an indicator of poor answer in a way (new user asking only question) but not only. Less than 10 reputation does not mean bad user as well, but new user. So you may find unexpecting question coming from them: could be bad (very bad) or very good.

So I will say look at the question. Does it sound clear, interesting and not just gimme teh codez like? if yes go on. It's up to you.

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plenty of gimme teh codez answers in SO :-/ I just bypass those, even if I know the answer... It's just rude I think. –  balexandre May 25 '11 at 6:38

Why ignore such users? Some of them are genuinely trying to figure things out. True, send me teh codez questions are annoying; the best way to deal with them is to simply not give them the code, instead offering them hints on how to solve the problem. This way they'll have a starting point and, if they're really interested, will solve their own problem while learning something new in the process.

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I think the best thing to do with the true send-me-teh-codez "questions" is to close them. Of course, if you happen across one that you think can be modified into a real question, then please edit it to make it so along with providing an answer. –  Cody Gray May 25 '11 at 7:46

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