I'm not sure if this is on-topic for meta; I apologize if it isn't, but I think it's OK because it's somewhat the opposite of this.
My question is about how I can improve as a contributor, not about how math SE rules relate to a specific question someone asked, so I won't reveal the context in which someone commented on one of my (now self-deleted) answers:
It's time you start seeking out good questions, at whatever level, but to challenge yourself. You are certainly very well qualified, but you limit most of your answers to PSQs. There are two forms of reputation on this site: the points - you've accomplished; Most importantly is capital R, Reputation, which needs to be earned. Capital R reputation, is vital in any sphere of action, because without others' respect, small letter r rep means very little.
In the interest of self-improvement, I'll assume the best of that user's position: that they are correct in perceiving me as a user who hasn't earned as much respect or capital-R Reputation on math.se as I could, because whatever abilities I have should be applied to more non-PSQs. I've surely posted answers frequently enough, long enough, that the heaviest users will all have valuable perspectives of their own on my conduct. I may not have good enough self-perspective to see how to change that, but let me try to convey my understanding of the issue.
I think the problem is with how I find questions, not what I have the courage to try answering. I go to the front page (sorted by "interesting" because that's the default on all of my devices), look at a few questions, and answer anything I can, unless the content of that answer would be too similar to an existing answer to be worth including. (Ideally, if my answer isn't the first it'll provide a different approach or perspective, or give context not theretofore discussed.) In particular:
- If I think I can answer a question, I don't skip it just because it would take a while, or because I think I can earn small-r rep faster somewhere else. I don't think people who think like that are likely to stay as long or score as much as it sounds at first like they would. In any case, they're not the "big ticket items" anyway, as my highest-scoring answers show for a few pages. I'm sure points incentivise me somewhat, but again, if I see the right questions, I try to answer them. (The main exception is on old questions.)
- However much mathematics I learn, I frequently find questions I know I couldn't answer, which may be part of why so much of what I find I can do is PSQs. Maybe it's as simple as choosing how questions are sorted. However, as an experiment I've tried "bountied", "hot", "week" and "month", and I'm not sure the results were all that different. Or should I be filtering them by tags?
- While I'm perhaps too generous in which questions I think "deserve" an answer, I delete poorly received answers because I defer to others' view that my answer isn't a net good for the site. That I answer what I do is probably where the PSQ charge comes from, but I don't think deliberately answering fewer questions will make me a better contributor on its own. So for the purposes of my question here, I'm looking for how to find questions I should be trying to answer. Of course, time spent on them would reduce my contributions to PSQs.
As I've said, the problem could be my settings. But maybe there's a psychological roadblock I don't have enough objectivity to discern.