What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 127 Stack Exchange communities.

Non-serious version: I have an answer, I just can't find the right question ;-)

Serious version:

I've asked about 50-60 questions (mostly on StackOverflow). They were, for the most part, good questions that inspired excellent answers. I'm a somewhat intelligent long-time PhD student in computer science (well studied, well published, etc), so I feel that there are probably one or two questions (maybe even three) that I can help answering.

What process do you recommend that a question-only user go through to become a question-and-answer user? For example, I'm fairly well versed in C++. Should I monitor the C++ tag until I see questions that I can research and answer pretty well, or should I be hunting more specifically for questions that I'm already an expert on. Of course, I'm really only an expert on very specific areas of artificial intelligence and ad-hoc wireless networks, so I might have to search long and hard and probably on cstheory.

Hopefully this question is not too broad / trivial. I really respect and appreciate the SO community, and would like to do whatever I can to help it grow.

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 8 down vote accepted

Please start by looking through the Unanswered C++ questions. Starting at the top of the unanswered questions in a particular tag usually guarantees that you'll be looking at higher quality and more difficult questions.

Beyond that, you'll also want to add other tags to your interesting list so that you don't miss the few questions that come through in narrower topics. If they're extremely narrow, you can follow the RSS feed and still probably be the first to answer.

share|improve this answer
add comment

you could ask your question and then answer it yourself (it's allowed!), there will likely be limitations if you want a favorable outcome, because no-one likes a clever * .. but if your answer is good enough it should be OK over time

but to answer your original post question:

Which Questions Should I Answer?

any and all. whatever you feel you can

share|improve this answer
add comment

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .