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I recently started using Stack Overflow, and I am struggling. I am new to programming in C# and WPF and I am struggling to use the site. I have only posted three questions and I have answered one. At the time of writing this, I have 1 reputation point having lost two within the last few hours trying to ask a question.
My situation is this:
I cannot ask questions, because almost every low-level 'easy' programming question has already been asked on this site. If I do, I risk my question being marked as a duplicate, losing some reputation, and being redirected to another similar post which I have either not seen somehow in my research, or I have ignored because it does not help me.
I have no problems with this, however sometimes my problem might be different to the 'similar post', and I have to go back to my original question and edit it to show why my problem is different. By the time this happens, most people are ignoring the question because it has been downvoted and marked as duplicate, and the question may not be read again for anyone to even see my changes.
The fix for this is quoting questions which were not useful, and why, so that people can't mark it as duplicate, right? However most of the time I don't even know why it doesn't work, because the other questions usually involve other references or classes which I have never used! So how am I meant to know why it doesn't work?
I am now at the point where I cannot ask questions because two of mine have been downvoted and the third received no votes. I have no privileges on the site because of my distinct lack of reputation as a result of this, so I can't even post on the Stack Overflow meta.
"You can gain reputation by answering questions" I hear you say! Again, all the 'easy' programming questions have been answered, and I simply don't know how to answer any of the other unanswered questions.
As a result, I find myself scrolling through endless questions on this site, trying to find the one answer which applies to my situation, if there is one.
Is there something wrong with how I am using the site? Is it just me being oblivious? I feel like Stack Overflow has existed for so long that every 'new programmer' question has been asked, resulting in all of my questions being duplicates and all of the unanswered questions either being other duplicates or so complicated I can't possibly try to comprehend them.