I notice that when I get heavily involved in a project, I tend to ask many questions. Many of my questions are very basic by the standards of most. While I understand that newbie questions are okay, I often feel as though I'm spamming with unneeded questions. I do attempt to find a solution myself before asking. So I guess I'm basically asking: Is it bad to use Stack Overflow a lot?
It is possible to ask too many questions, as far as the site is concerned. I recommend starting to ask the question and not submitting it. This will have three benefits:
- first, once the whole question is written out, the list (above your text) of possibly related questions will be filled with things that might help you. Open some of those in a new tab and you have a good chance at an instant answer
- second, the act of writing it out may lead you to the answer. (Sometimes this is called rubber duck debugging.)
- third, giving yourself a limited timebox to tackle the problem again after writing it out may improve your mood (you're not embarking on an endless search or debugging session, you're just going to take 5 minutes) which will actually raise your chances of solving it
After 5 minutes, go back and click submit.
Pretty much everything on SO is rate limited, partly to minimize problems by people on a rampage and partly to tell us all "go do something else now!" Answering, voting, flagging, suggesting edits, reviewing - you name it. And yet something keeps us doing it. It is most definitely possible to use SO too much. Try not to, for your own sake.
If you are asking good questions receiving upvotes and not being closed, then you're doing just fine. If many of your questions are downvoted or closed as duplicate, you're not. It's that simple.
Consider asking yourself a few questions before you post:
- Am I asking others to do something I could do for myself?
- Does this question have the potential to help others?
- Do my questions show a progression of self-improvement?
If you can answer "No, Yes, Yes", the SO community has proven that it is willing to answer as many questions as you post (within the before-mentioned administrative rate limits).
To answer your question (Can one use Stack Overflow too much?) quite literally...
See also: Too Many Requests
As long as your questions are not getting downvoted, closed, or deleted, then you're asking the right type of question for the site.
So no, I don't think you can ask too many questions. But you always want to make sure you're asking questions whose first result on Google isn't a link to stackoverflow with the answer to the question you're asking.