in reply to
Newbies, trying to help, and where to draw the line?
Personally, I think you should refrain from answering if you
don't know your answer is correct. It drains more resources to
correct mistakes than to answer questions - if only because it
tends to lead to pointless discussions. But the main reason is
that for this scheme to work, those that do know are now expected
to read every thread and each post in the thread, to weed out
mistakes. Time that could have been spend writing answers to
Furthermore, there will
always be a delay before an answer can be corrected - during
that delay people could read the wrong answer, and take it
to be correct. Only to find out they are wrong later. This
will decrease the value of this site.