Since the vast majority of questions on this site are way over my head, I used to browse the "beginner" tag and I learned a lot that way. I'm still looking for those beginner questions, so what I'm doing is using Google to search Stack Overflow for the search terms "beginner", "i'm new to", and "newbie."

Is there anything else I can do to find those beginner questions?

  • I'm in the same boat lala. The old meta-tags such as beginner were incredibly helpful. Now I'm doing a series of searches but still don't find the same content. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/61949/…
    – timepilot
    Sep 10, 2010 at 14:16
  • are you having any luck finding beginner questions? If so, pls let me know how. My usage of SO has fallen off a cliff.
    – timepilot
    Sep 23, 2010 at 17:03

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One option is the faqs: eg here are the faqs for the [perl] tag.

You can access these by clicking on a tag to get the tag page, then clicking on 'faqs'. Which questions are 'faqs' is determined by identifying which questions are most frequently linked to. It's not an ideal heuristic, but it's a good place to start.

  • Nice! I had no idea there was a tag-specific faq page like that. I only knew about the general faq.
    – lala
    Aug 29, 2010 at 14:50

Really the only way is to just skim the list of questions for a particular tag and see what you can answer. For example over in [java] I can answer most easy to medium questions, but when people start talking about Hibernate, J2EE, or any other super large framework, I just pass through.

  • Got to love downvotes with no explanation...
    – TheLQ
    Aug 29, 2010 at 20:36

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