Is there any shame in asking a question on SO?
Why do some profiles not ask any questions?
I think there is no shame in asking questions. There is more shame in finding out you spent 8 hours troubleshooting something that 100 people could have told you instantly. Use the resources available -- your time is valuable.
There are 2 reasons someone doesn't ask questions, one legitimate and one not
I'm a no-question SO profile, so far.
I found SO in my google results while looking for an answer to some question I had. I thought it pretty cool so I stuck around to help answer questions (which is quite educational itself, sometimes).
In other words, the only reason I created a profile was to answer questions.
That doesn't mean I won't ask them too; the only reason I haven't asked any questions yet is that I haven't yet had a question to ask that I couldn't find the answer to, either on SO or elsewhere.
It's an interesting question. If I had to guess there are some people who don't ask questions, because they don't want it logged on their profile (actually I think jeff mentions this during a podcast that people create dummy accounts to ask questions). I could see this really being the case especially with employers using profiles as a way of determining who to hire.
Do I think that they should be afraid? Maybe/maybe not. I could see lots of questions on someone's profile working against them in the interview process. I definitely know people who would hold it against a potential employee. Do I think this is fair, no, but it is what it is. Do you want to work for these people, maybe not, but sometimes you have to take what you can get.
There are other people who just don't ask questions. I haven't asked a ton, because I'm pretty good at quickly finding something out on Google when I need to.
There can be, but not for the reason you were implying. Asking a plzsendt3hcodez question is shameful, at least from my point of view. Posting something that rambles and doesn't lead to a solid question is shameful — maybe not in all situations, but definitely on SO. Not taking the time to proofread what you've written or format your code/output samples generally doesn't score you any points either.
But is it shameful to need help with a legitimate technical problem? The other answerers have pretty much covered that, so I'll just say "no."
There's no shame in asking questions. The shame is in asking too few -- anybody who doesn't ask at least one question a day is clearly just a conceited jer....er...umm...after reviewing my profile, my attorney advises that I take the fifth amendment and say no more on this subject.
Let's start off with saying that shame is subjective. What is shameful for you may not be shameful for me.
With that being said, if you believe asking questions is shameful you can have two separate accounts: one for asking questions and one for answering them. This is allowed as long as you don't upvote yourself.
I'm not often involved in the hiring process, but...
There are a number of cases:
And I'm sure there are others. I don't see questions as an inherently shameful thing. It's the context and quality and balance that matters.