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Do you feel that these constrains are turning you into an answering machine forcing you answer more questions and in this way increasing the price of Stack Overflow for the people behind it?

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closed as not constructive by Michael Petrotta, waiwai933, Jeff Mercado, Shog9 Dec 4 '11 at 6:43

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Yeah, sure, this feels like it was asked in good faith... – Michael Petrotta Dec 4 '11 at 5:27
It would be nice if downvoters would leave short comment. – Beginner Dec 4 '11 at 5:28
Ok, people think it doesn't even deserves a comment. – Beginner Dec 4 '11 at 5:30
Downvotes are anonymous by design. On meta, they mean "we disagree with you". Nobody owes you a comment for a downvote, the downvote itself is comment enough. – meagar Dec 4 '11 at 5:31
@meagar SO imposes dictatorship and it's not set by community, but by a limited number of people. – Beginner Dec 4 '11 at 5:32
@LonelyOne No, the community defines how SO works. If you don't like it, you're at odds with the community, not some StackOverflow "dictator". – meagar Dec 4 '11 at 5:33
@meagar Yeah, we've been told that too, roughly 65 years ago. – Beginner Dec 4 '11 at 5:36
@LonelyOne Elaborate please. Did you just compare SO to the Nazi's? Because that's going to fly really well. – meagar Dec 4 '11 at 5:38
There is Chat... – Jeremy Banks Dec 4 '11 at 5:40
@meagar (You could think of USSR too.) No, by no means. I just feel a this constant pressure and I wondered if the others also do. And it remembered me some examples from history. I could go to other websites. However that's not so easy. This brilliant idea with rep has brought may brilliant people here, you can get feedback on your code from the top of the top. Those people do not visit forums, at least such forums I'm aware of. That's why I'm forced to stay here. – Beginner Dec 4 '11 at 5:43
And the reason "brilliant people" come here is because we are strict on the rules, because we don't allow mindless chatter, and because we allow people to focus on what they're interested in. The rules aren't arbitrary; they're here for a reason. – waiwai933 Dec 4 '11 at 5:46
"Do you feel that these constrains are turning you into an answering machine forcing you answer more questions." You do, of course, realize that answering questions is the entire purpose. People ask questions. Other people provide answers. We're not another social network. – Anthony Pegram Dec 4 '11 at 5:47
@LonelyOne Good. I don't want to be invited to a chat about something I haven't already expressed an interest in. – meagar Dec 4 '11 at 5:53
@Lonely, that's not the point of the website. Again, it's about asking and answering questions. If you want to get acquainted with people, view their profiles. If they are so inclined, they'll provide means of communication: an email address, blog, or website. Maybe they'll show their twitter or facebook. Follow them with these vehicles, Stack Overflow is not meant to replicate that functionality. – Anthony Pegram Dec 4 '11 at 6:03
You really should take this to chat. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing that's going anywhere here; if you're wondering about the reasons behind no private messaging or lengthy comment discussions, these are well-discussed in various places here already (you've linked to one of them). – Shog9 Dec 4 '11 at 6:46

Nobody is forcing you to do anything. Stack Overflow is a reference, not a forum, and its explicit purpose is to be useful to future users who have similar problems to the ones you're seeking answers for. Your communication is expected to reflect this. If you don't like the format, there are forums out there for you, but again: Nobody is forcing you to do anything.

Put it this way: Do you turn to Wikipedia for "personal communication"? No. You look there for information. You should behave the same way with StackOverflow. We don't want your personal communcation. We want StackOverflow to be the very best Q/A site on the Internet, and your desire for personal discourse is at odds with that goal.

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