I have the habit of everytime someone answers/comment one of my questions, i go trhu their list of questions and see if I can answer/contribute to any of the unanswered ones.

A few days ago I started to have some trouble on windows and the users answering windows questions have lots of answers and reputation, but zero questions.

I thought everyone had to ask questions to even start to be able to reply... Or do they delete their old questions for some reason?

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    Nope. You don't have to ask any questions.
    – Bart
    Aug 28, 2013 at 19:31
  • Wow - I'm impressed, @Bart. You're a member of a tiny group of people who never need to ask for help on SO :) Aug 28, 2013 at 19:33
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    Don't be impressed @AdamRackis. The questions I have are apparently so unoriginal that they are already answered.
    – Bart
    Aug 28, 2013 at 19:34
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    I only have 1 answer in SO. Between SO and Google I have always found a suitable answer. If more users did this duplicate questions would be avoided Aug 28, 2013 at 19:44

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You can answer a question with 1 rep, which you start with.

  • good point. maybe i was just confused... or did it change at some point? anyway, that answers it. waiting for the time to accept :)
    – gcb
    Aug 28, 2013 at 19:38
  • @gcb I don't believe it's changed. At least, I earned my first rep on StackOverflow over two years ago by answering a question.
    – Paul
    Aug 28, 2013 at 19:56
  • i'm a month short of 4yrs :) but you are probably right. I'm just confusing things.
    – gcb
    Aug 28, 2013 at 21:12

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