A Question is composed of three distinct parts:
By far the most important is the body of your question because this is where you pose the all important single question that you would like answered. It is the quality of your question body that engages or loses the attention of potential answerers.
You are provided with plenty of ...
Seven ways to help revive/refresh a question (including closed questions), and its answers are by:
using the share button beneath the question to advertise it to your networks (no rep needed)
suggesting an edit to improve it that then gets approved i.e. provide additional details or clarify existing details (no rep needed)
raising the need for more editors/...
A code snippet that is included in a question here should not be just a copy/paste from a larger script that you are working on, and it should not be that larger script in its entirety. It should be something concise that a potential answerer can copy/paste and be ready (or at least near ready) to run a test on.
I'll describe what I think a code snippet ...
Before anything else, the number one priority of your question should be that it is understandable to the reader. It should convey all the required information to the reader. Don't just leave vague information, and don't assume that the reader will know about your situation and problem. The Way I think about it, is that if someone comes across the question ...
Please do not ask for more details as an answer because that area is reserved for direct answers to the question.
The 50 point reputation requirement is there for the reasons discussed in Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead? so I recommend reading that Q&A and following the advice in its only, and highly upvoted, answer.
The way I like to think of it is to just put yourself in the shoes of someone trying to answer your question. What information would someone need to even begin to have a chance of answering your question? That is what is so often missing.
For example, we often get questions about some kind of data manipulation. We need to know about the data. What is it, ...
An item of highly recommended viewing that may help to answer this Question is a one hour Google+ Hangout video for Agile India entitled Good Stack Overflow Citizen by Jeff Atwood where he talks mostly about what makes a great Question.
A quick list by Agile India of Jeff's points, which go beyond just what makes a great Question, and apply to Stack ...
Jon Skeet has posted an excellent checklist on the main meta site, which is worth reading. Let me quote the relevant points from the checklist here:
Have you done some research before asking the question?
Have you explained what you've already tried to solve your problem?
Have you specified which language and platform you're using, including version number ...
Here is my proposal for the guidelines which started as a copy/paste of @blah238's because I think that has lots of merit but is not suited to discussing just via comments:
Ask a new meta question. Use the tags meta tag on your question.
In the question body, state the problem you are addressing, cite examples, etc., but do not discuss (at length) ...
Besides what PolyGeo has already said my advice to gain initial 50 points of reputation is to help curating the site by suggesting improvements on questions and answers through editing. Each edit suggestion that gets approved is worth +2 points (then, you need 25 successful suggestions which is not too much).
One advantage of such approach is that it helps ...
For questions about open data, even when it is open spatial data, consider researching/asking at the Open Data Stack Exchange which:
is a Q&A site for developers, researchers, and anyone else interested
in open data.
Open data, as defined by the Open Definition, is any kind of data that
can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for ...
For questions seeking software recommendations, even when they are about spatial software, consider researching/asking at the Software Recommendations Stack Exchange which:
is a question and answer site for people seeking specific software
Good software recommendation requests have two components: a purpose
(a task to accomplish, ...
For questions seeking hardware recommendations, even when they are about hardware related to spatial topics, consider researching/asking at the Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange which:
is a question and answer site for people seeking specific hardware
recommendations (what counts as "hardware" is set out in What is
Users of the GIS ...