My initial impression was flawed. I had apparently not tried to submit NEW answers, and only was trying to rate and/or comment on old answers that I thought were good or mostly good to help provide more insight.
Apparently Stack Exchange requires me to submit new answers to gain rep so I can participate in rating/commenting which IMO is where the real value is for someone like me.
Lesson learned. Thank you everyone who helped educate me. :)
I am a software development professional of 25 years. I have amassed a ton of knowledge.
The way StackExchange is set up, they make it tremendously difficult for me to actually help anyone. They force me to ask questions, which I don't need to ask, in order to get reputation, before letting me help.
How do I go about this, without asking a lot of questions I really don't need to ask?
Most of everything that can be asked, has already been asked, so a quick search answers it rather than creating duplicate questions for no reason other than reputation farming. Asking those questions about just because StackExchange requires me to do this seems more like spam than any real user benefit, and I'd prefer to not spam.
This is the reason I haven't contributed to Stack Exchange for many years. I've literally tried responding on several occasions when I could have helped someone, but they have stopped me because I haven't spammed them with enough questions that I don't really have.
Thanks in advance for any insight you can give.