I find SO a great way to learn. I am trying to become a useful member of the community, but am struggling with down votes.
This is similar to another question when answering a coding question, is it better to just answer the question, or rewrite the OP's code?
However there is another aspect I'd like to address.
I have been a member of SO for 1.5 years. I have only recently been brave enough to answer questions.
- There is a pressure to answer quickly, which impedes the quality of my answers. I know this is discussed at length. I am wondering how to adapt my attitude, so I can give time to answer a question with research, without feeling like it will be a waste of time; as others will have jumped in before hand.
- I appreciate (as I have needed) that sometimes people need the answer spelt out in a step by step way, as they are very new. However, when someone has for eg already created tables and clearly understands how to use SQL. I have suggested loose algorithms and added links for eg to the NOW() function. Offering a little generic code with a comment..//insert your parameters. I have found these answers can be voted down and the answer that gives the precise code needed to answer the question gets voted up. To me, this is NOT in keeping with the idea that we are in a combined learning environment. I am wondering if there is a way I can improve my answers to make them worth contributing to the environment.
- What is the value- if a question is answered with clarity via a link, eg someone wants to understand what an 'unreachable page' is within the context of SEO. I posted a link with a table of the problems that cause these errors. Another member, copied and pasted the table. I need clarity. Is it better to send someone to the link (explaining what the link is about) or to copy and paste.
Another really stupid question, what does OP stand for?
Please, I know this is long winded. Please suggest an edit before voting me down. I am learning and taking the risk of posting and it is not easy to be voted down without explanation. I would prefer to totally modify the question, so it is acceptable.