Tutorials and well-working search utilities certainly give an assist.
My means will still be to explore and test on my own first, as that is part of the joy of self-made discovery.
When I get stuck in the middle of something and want to move ahead, I go to the Search to see if someone else has asked a similar question. If I don't find my answer there, I ask on the forum.
To me, the forums are not just about one person having a need and others pitching in their time and experience to help them out. There is a gift to the giver in the giving, and everyone can benefit. I enjoy having a little interaction around the support forums and will also pitch in when I have something to offer.
Don't get me wrong, I am not offended in any way. But, just to have clarity in myself, since you wrote that 'most bloggers never post to the support forums at all,' does the community consider it bad form to do so?
Happy blogging (and being) to you, too.