I think there needs to be some better clarification on what type of question falls under beginner and what falls under intermediate. The intermediate forum currently has some really basic questions, about variables, exceptions, etc. While the beginner forum has some topics that are a bit more involved.
While learning it is hard to know where to rank yourself. One person may feel their questions are intermediate as soon as they figured out how to create their own classes. Another person might feel like a beginner until they have covered every topic in an intro to Java book. Some may always feel that way.
A warning exists on the beginner forum about posting questions that are too hard, but what is too hard? I could set up my own guidlines on this but they probably won't match with anyone else. It would good to have some more formalized guidlines to follow.
This is a very difficult question in my opinion. I tend to think of core java questions (not j2ee stuff) as beginner questions. I think that some people don't really know the difficulty of some questions they ask in the beginner forum, maybe because they have been programming in some other language for a while even though they are new to Java. Issues like path/classpath, why my program doesn't compile, etc are beginner-type questions. The really basic stuff. The JiG intermediate forum seems to get far fewer really basic questions than vice-versa.
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