Funny how every time I ask a question, my rep points are negatively referred-to,
I'm called a bounty-hunter, and advised to change my ways.
I have solved the problems of many hundreds of posters, got heaps of thank-yous,
but all that other people see is my rep count. Is having a high rep a reason
for being looked-down at? Is it part of the human condition?
Journeyman Geek raised several points which have nothing to do with my post,
and all to do with myself as a person. Let me answer them.
"you completely focus on bounties over regular posts"
What can one do whose personal knowledge makes it possible to answer
very many questions, except try to answer the most pressing ones?
Bounty posts have the advantage of :
- The poster is likelier to have researched his problem and furnish enough
details for us to give an answer which is more than a guess.
- The poster is more motivated to answer our questions and is less likely to
abandon his post without indicating the right answer.
- Bounty questions are usually harder and more interesting, for someone who
- There are far fewer bounty posts, for someone who does have a private life.
"in most cases answers consist of research (occasionally hasty) over in depth, experience based answers, and what seem to be sourced complete copy pastes of answers elsewhere"
Sorry, but you miss the point here. Most, if not all, of the problems posted
in SU have already been answered elsewhere,
by the manufacturer of the equipment, or by
knowledgeable people who have run against the same problem.
It saves time to quote these articles rather than rewrite everything.
But if finding these posts is so easy, why would anyone post questions?
The point you miss is that, in order to find these answering articles,
one has to know the answer before-hand.
A good knowledge of the subject is also required for tying up the
sources into one comprehensive answer and for adding the details and background
required for using these facts.
I am not infallible and do make mistakes, but I think it is clear that my
good answers far outweigh my bad ones.
Sometimes, when time has passed and no answer was given to the post,
I offer what partial knowledge I have. This often rings the bell with
someone with better experience in the subject, to come up with the full answer. Is this wrong, or a reason to criticize my partial answer?
"Take a look at the upvotes you get over the bounties."
I do, and they are pretty good, even for answers that were not awarded a bounty.
In spite of this handicap of the subject usually being too narrow,
as most of the bounties are for pretty specific problems,
I do get a large percentage of my rep from upvotes.
It's good to know that my past answers are helping other people.
Journeyman Geek (and others), please forget about my reputation, bounties etc.
We are all on this forum in order to help people and share our knowledge.
I have been coming here for the last 6 years because this forum is an
interesting place to visit and for deepening one's knowledge,
helping people while enjoying oneself, in a community of people that have
much to teach me and others.