Not trying to be a debbie downer but I'm seeing a flood of highly environment-specific, low quality questions recently - often not even specific to Salesforce or ExactTarget. A few examples:
- How to close the window when clicked and open the new window
- System.NullPointerException: Attempt to > de-reference a null object/ Need Help
- Empty vfpage only single button ?how can i add to related list
This is a Q&A site, and we have a community culture of helping people "level up" as developers. Well-considered questions often receive multiple answers with different approaches to any given problem.
My concern lies with posting a wall of code and leaning on the community to find bugs, with no attempt to debug their own code. Such one-offs offer zero value to this knowledge base for future readership.
Even worse, the questions I see within this trend are often followed by a pattern of:
- failure to revisit the question at all,
- failure to award votes to members who do answer,
- failure to engage in commentary with members attempting to reproduce the problem,
- occasionally "thanks anyway, I got it myself" self-answers like this after others have answered,
This is not unique to any one user or any one topic, and I do think part of the problem is our response as a community. Instead of scrambling for votes, we should warmly encourage posters to get their "house in order" first. Readability and reproducibility encourages more portable answers, too.
Are my expectations out of kilter? Are there any magic bullets to be had here?