Maybe people do this already, and it’s similar to the rubber duck debugging procedure. But just in case this might be useful to others, I wanted to share what has worked for me many times since I started coding about 7 months ago.
Click “Ask For Help” and start writing a forum post. In the post, I try to clearly explain what is wrong AND everything I’ve tried to do to solve it. My goal is to prove I’ve done the read-search-ask method. I can’t tell you the number of times during the process of writing about the issue, I think of something else I haven’t tried, and that works or at least gets me on the right track.
If I actually submitted every post I’ve started, half the posts on this forum would be mine I just deleted a bunch of drafts, which is what prompted me to write this. I hope it’s helpful.