I'm generally pretty self-sufficient, and the Ask Ubuntu database is pretty full. So I can generally find the answers to the questions that I'm looking for. However, I would still like to contribute, but since my reputation is 1, I'm barred from doing much more than ask a question. It seems silly to be forced to generate a question if I can find the info that I need just to build my reputation so that I can then contribute.
Just to clarify, the system requires a 5 reputation to answer a question. I have tried adding clarification to other's posts, but apparently it was rejected or never approved as I still remain at 1 for reputation. I think what's most frustrating is that it's not clear how to gain this currency. This is most infuriating for upvoting as I would like to give thanks to someone who provided an answer that I used, but I'm unable to do so. I realize that you're trying to prevent bots from creating SPAM and the like, but as a human I'm feeling like a false positive.