If you answer merely a question or two a day consistently you’ll eventually accumulate a fair amount of reputation. In the course of answering you’re going to end up creating an answer or two that becomes anomalously popular and that will pay “dividends” over time.
Dev.to has a very different tone, and I really like it here, but Stack Overflow has its place. If you can express your problem in terms of code, if you don’t frustrate people by being ambiguous or vague when you should be specific, you can get quick, detailed answers to tricky questions.
I’ve been trying to steer people here for opinion-based questions, especially the “what should I learn next” variety, with varying degrees of success. Stack Overflow really needs more automatically suggested alternatives when closing a question for being off-topic.
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