There's a lot of questions every day on SO that would be best answered with a link to a good tutorial:
- How to debug Ajax requests
- How to write a database query in PHP that isn't a crime against humanity
- How to debug when automated E-Mails end up in the spam folder
- How to do nice URLs using mod_rewrite
There have been numerous attempts to create such resources, but most of them didn't really fit into the Q&A format and the general consensus of the community on those attempts was "go start a blog".
However, I'm still thinking Stack Overflow would be the ideal location to host this stuff.
Hosting programming-related "howto" writeups
- would be directly related to SO's day-to-day activity
- would be compatible with Stack Overflow's general mission of being a great, free programming reference resource
- Stack Overflow is planning to stick around, so it's as reliable a place to put stuff on as it gets
- Not everybody wants to run a personal blog to host tutorials on
- Contents would be licensed under CC, with the known advantages of that model (well, and disadvantages, but those can be dealt with)
- SO has a high-quality, weather-tested editing interface, quality control system and reputation system
I'm not aware of a tutorial site that is only remotely as non-crappy and integer as the Stack Exchange network.
What I'm proposing is a
howto.stackoverflow.com that essentially is a copy of the existing engine but with the answering functionality removed.
Each writeup would be a question; it can be upvoted, downvoted, and commented on as usual. Of course, there would be very relaxed Wikification rules so everyone can easily edit existing howto's.
Presentation and browsing could be similar to Stackapps, with the most popular writeups filling the initial view when you enter the site.
Reputation could be shared with the main site, or separate.
There could be some changes to highlight authors more - to balance a bit that they're posting on a community resource instead of their own blogs. But chances are that a great howto.SO track record can earn more recognition than solitary blogging, anyway.
It would make sense! At least to me. Finally, whenever I'd see a shitty tutorial, I could fix it myself or at least downvote it!
I'm not currently aware of a tutorial platform that is as non-crappy and integer as SO, Inc. is. They all seem to be riddled with ads and low-quality content.