when you visit most forums you will see stickie threads and 1 saying please read before posting wich says something to the effect of:
please search the forums first before posting to make sure your question hasnt been asked before"
then in many as you submit your post it even guesses at the content offers possible related posts and finaly alows you to lost if none are related.
then your post might be ignored or if its replied to yiu get some annoying guy saying dont you know how to search? or read the stickies its answered already
this puts you off from wanting to ask more questions and severely limits interaction and ..content creation..
instead, be ready to ansswer the same question over and over with a friendly smile and a well written answer if theres 1 particularly informative post you can ofcourse link to it for more info but not instead of an answer
ok its simple this accomplishes 2 goals
1 makes the question poster feel welcome and respected and a part of the community but more importantly to the nc's goals.. 1 more chance to rank number 1 for a search related to that question
ok lets say 29 ppl this month ask where can i buy the best cheese (silly hypothetical example)
the 1st 1 writs a short post it lists in google on page 100 for where can i buy the best cheese
poster 2 writes a lil more detail it ranks on page 20 3rd poster shows up on page 5 4th poster shows on page 1 position 8 eventualy 1 makes it to position 1 then guess what can happen
in possition 1 u not only have that post 1 but a dozen more related posts from your site stacked under it (not ranking 1 2 3 4 5 but just listed with that high post cause they are related on the same site)
that builds your authority on the subjuct and gives u 27 times more avenues of entry for that keywords
i know it maybe tiring to answer the same question 5 times a day even when the same questions 2 posts down on the main page..lol but think abut how frustrating it is when your desperate for cheese and your told to just go searching searching searching instead of geting samsdeli downtown has the best deals in town
another side effect is that guy you just sent to sams will be more willing to answer the next guy that comes along looking for a bit of brie or chedar or feta for the dinner party they are furiosly throwing together..