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Okay, I am new to stackoverflow. I am no expert, just a grad student. I see its difficult, building a rep here, and beginners get a lot of down voting for their initial questions. So whats the best way to get started?

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    Thoroughly read the FAQ. Also stop down voting it and just migrate it. It only needs one more vote... – Mick MacCallum Nov 15 '13 at 23:41
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    Very related: Having a bad start. Is that normal? – Bart Nov 15 '13 at 23:55
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    @Qantas94Heavy Yes, and am I loosing my mind, or did that used to say FAQ next to meta on the SO's status bar? – Mick MacCallum Nov 16 '13 at 0:19
  • The best way to get started is to dive in, naturally. For mistakes will be made, and you may as well make them earlier. Amirite – Adel Nov 16 '13 at 0:25
  • Best way to get reputation - answer, don't ask, unless you have a really awesome question. – Dukeling Nov 16 '13 at 0:34