Thanks for the links. I had not seen The Virtue of Silence node before, but I had previously enjoyed The PerlMonks algorithm before (and ++'d it as well). I could not agree more with both posts.
The problem, IMHO, is knowing where to draw the line as far as how much effort to put into solving a problem yourself before asking a question. But in my experience with the monastery, as long as you show that you have put at least a modicum of effort into solving it yourself the monks will be more than willing to help solve a problem.
Thanks again and ++.