I have an issue with StackOverflow. I am not a very smart person, and so it is difficult for me to answer many of the questions that users have. Therefore, I propose a new StackExchange network site called Heap Underflow.
While I may not have answers for many (or any) of the questions that users have asked, I nevertheless have answers for many questions that have not yet been asked. HeapUnderflow would provide a great opportunity in that I could provide my answers as they came to me, and questions that these answers address could automatically be found.
Many of the problems that arise with StackOverflow and affiliated sites are due to the
Pedantic Oligarchy Meritocracy that is community represents. Too much attention is paid to the issue of whether an answer is a good fit for a question, or whether a question should be asked here or there, or whether a question is worth asking at all. These and other topics of debate lead to downvotes, flags, and other generally confrontational interactions. The source of these problems is in part the popular nature of the site and the "Tragedy of the Commons" effect that dictates that the least invested in the site's well-being are those with the greatest potential in aggregate to cause harm to it. However, the root cause of that problem is the involvement of people in general.
With Heap Underflow, these unwelcome human interactions are removed entirely. Using a fuzzy-logic neural net question-matching system, the HeapBrain will find questions to suit answers you have provided, and then automatically upvote and accept your answer, saving you the trouble of long comment discussions or (heaven forbid) back-and-forth diagnostic chat sessions. Here is a mockup:
Heap Underflow provides additional benefits beyond simply avoiding the undesirable elements of current Q&A sites. It has oft been said that a Q&A site is carried on the back of its most knowledgeable users. With little to offer them other than the pleasure of seeing another human being succeed and arbitrarily assigned points in a database, these users are often wracked by ennui, overcome with the futility of their mission in the face of the Internet's ignorance.
ExpertsKnowledgeable users posting on Heap Underflow, however, are rewarded in not just internet dollars, but real-life dollars through an innovative profit-sharing mechanism that distributes a percentage of ad revenues to users based on their current reputation. The more trackbacks, pings, hrefs, views, impressions, a user's answer gets, the larger the check that arrives in their real-life mailbox.
This encourages answers that rank highly on internet search engines, which increases overall awareness of the site, which increases ad revenue in a virtuous spiral. It has been long established in the web business that attracting the attention of SEO specialists is the highest praise to which a site can aspire. The presence of money and the fixation on metrics as a measurement of performance makes this a natural fit with those champions of the 21st century.
As popular as the StackExchange network of sites is, one can only presume the people running it are terribly smart, and so I would like for this site to be implemented in a week, to go live on April 1st. If you find you have trouble with any aspect of the implementation, you can use the prototype to provide what you know how to do, and it will figure out what problem you have just solved. Thank you.