Actually I want to ask basic and newbie questions like this one. But the negative score and comment by katspaugh made me think twice about the purpose of StackOverflow. Is that StackOverflow only for non-beginner?
What is meta?
- Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
- The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
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It's okay to ask any beginner questions that you're genuinely struggling with on Stack Overflow, but beware, the community is very good at sensing when someone is really struggling and when they're just being lazy. If the answer can easily be found by a Google search, or if it appears in any beginner text (meaning, you should have found it by putting in the slightest bit of effort), then your question will very likely get downvoted and closed.
If you're posting a beginner question, always post what you think the answer might be, or what you've tried so far. The more effort and research you put into your question the better. People will typically respond positively to beginners who are genuinely trying to learn.
Agree with Tim Post's comment. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking newbie or basic questions on Stack Overflow, as long as the following two conditions are met:
If anyone tries to give you crap about your questions, assuming you've met the above two criteria, then you should definitely flag them for moderator attention. I trust that all of our mods will remove them with prejudice.
It's worth remembering that we were all newbies once, and one person's "basic" question is quite a challenge for another person, regardless of their intelligence. We can't all be experts in everything.
The rest of the question beside the "what does
Also even answering the question about
All together I think it's simply not a very good question, but rather unclear and vague. And bad questions often get downvoted.
In general it's perfectly possible to write good newbie questions, and usually they won't get any downvotes but instead lots of very quick answers.