That's interesting. A lot of people I read answers from may be like that -- they have speciailized knowledge others don't, and reading their answers is itself a form of education. I come here to learn, because my skills are more ground-level. You make me realize that some people post precisely for people like me.

The general assumption is that QA forums (usenet groups, mailing lists, web forums, etc) provide a service for people who have questions that require answers. My view is that the *real* value of these forums, in fact, is that they provide a service for people who like to *answer* questions (for whatever reason).

Well ... that might be taking it a little too far. Let's just say that "it works both ways" ...

I *do* know that I've learnt much more from answering questions, than I have from asking questions :-)


In reply to Re^3: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted? by syphilis
in thread Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted? by apl

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