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I've been finding answers on SO for some years now.
However, I always found answers to my questions, so a quick look at SO was always enough. I never felt the need to create an account. Now after these years I thought "give something back", let's upvote good stuff and downvote bad stuff and comment maybe.
However, I can't write comments, I can't upvote, I can't downvote. I can ask questions, but they would be duplicates and give downvotes, bringing me even further from being able to do something. I could try to answer a question, but most of the questions I wouldn't know and the ones I can answer are answered so fast - I would seriously have to sit in front of the screen for hours and hunt for this stuff.
And I am NOT gonna do that. For me SO is a tool to get some work done, not some game to use up some hours of my life.
So, am I missing something or is this account thing really more for a game-like experience? I mean, can't you even answer or ask questions without such an account? I wouldn't need it at all then. Am I actually in the target group for accounts, the way I am using it, or should I just forget about it and go on?
Sorry if I may seem upset, but it felt like this to me:
SO: Hey I can help you! Do this and then that.
Me: Ok kewl, thx.
SO: You can also help me, by doing very small things.
Me: Nice, maybe later.
Me: Ok now, let's do it. I thought I owe you a little.
SO: Well I hope you brought lunch, we'll be out there all day.