Re: I'm a dumb coder
I'm not afraid to ask a dumb question, on the Internet or in a meeting. 9 times out of 10, it wasn't a dumb question and other people were wondering the same thing (but were afraid to ask, couldn't phrase it well or hadn't even thought of it.
Even if it was a dumb question, I usually get an answer and the audience will usually still get some useful background as it's explained another way. Even "RTFM/Google, n00b" can be a useful indicator that it's a FAQ - Not that I'm a Help Vampire, I put some effort into research and asking good questions.
1% of the time it was dumb and I don't get an answer. Risking abuse vs. learning something at those odds are a good bet.