So I was trying to build up enough reputation to be able to do simple things like vote on questions and the like. I tried to answer some questions the best I could and now I have been answer banned. It seems really difficult for new users to get involved. Should I just shut up and go away? I have a bitter taste in my mouth for sure. I mean I had some good answers with up votes, and one bad answer that started getting voted down so I removed it but I was auto-banned by the system from answering more questions. It is really frustrating.
I can see your answers. There's no diplomatic way to deal with this so I'll give you a quick review:
- The first didn't answer the question. It didn't remove the whole line and it was using find for some unknown reason. You deleted this one too.
- The second was a punt. You got a down-vote and deleted it.
- The last didn't explain how
rsynchad anything to do with file comparison. It was deleted because it just wasn't an answer to the question.
There's a common theme here in that your answers don't really answer the questions. A code fragment here, a link there... But no cohesive reasoning.
I do understand that it might seem frustrating but there's a clear gap between what you're posting and answers that get a high number of votes. They're not getting upvotes because they're written by people with reputation, they're getting votes because they answer the question.
Perhaps spending some time suggesting improvements to otherwise full-bodied answers would be a benefit. You'll earn a couple of rep each time you have an edit approved and you'll get a better idea of what we expect.
I hope it hasn't been too harrowing.