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August 31, 2009

Stackoverflow.com sucks take 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — MichaelL @ 7:33 pm

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  1. It’s funny because it’s true.

    Comment by Graeme — April 1, 2010 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  2. Totally true. They want perfect Q+A and that’s only in the eye of the beholder reading the poster’s question…no matter how well the “rules” in stack try to explain what type of questions should be asked and how. The fact is, tech is not black and white and shouldn’t be held to that. People get benefits from even asking the same question that’s been asked 30 times because you always get different answers even if you’ve looked at 15 already on that subject and did your due dilligence as a poster before you post that SAME question. The fact is if you sum up all the answers for that SAME question that was asked 40 times, sure maybe 50% are gonna be repeat answers but the other 50% are gonna be new answers that either shed new light or a different stance or way of thinking about something or an answer that nobody has thought about posting that really really helps the poster or another reader stumbling across the accumulative similar questions asked.

    The point is, just because a post was asked already doesn’t mean that it answered YOUR question on the same problem…even if the quest was asked exactly the same way.

    And what is a relevant and useful post is subjective to each and every person on this planet. A craft is that, it’s growing, it can be factual and precise but half the time it isn’t that way. If a site like stack wants to mine for that 50%, so be it, but you’re gonna piss off 50% of your community leaving in the end a lot of lost money and frustrated development community as a whole, thus abandoning the damn site in the end.

    Comment by Eric — January 25, 2012 @ 6:36 am | Reply


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