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Hey, Why not having a microblogging service for not-that-meaningful questions or updates?

Like, right now I'd like to ask 'wtf python.org is down?'. I have eventually found the answer by searching on search.twitter.com but I do think the StackOverflow community is just amazing and I'd love to use such a microblogging service.

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Lucky you have one rep because the outcome of this won't be good –  Ian Elliott Aug 7 '09 at 23:17
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Pointing out that sites are down at a particular point (5 mins, an hour, a day?) in time is best left to twitter or downforeveryoneorjustme.com :) –  Legooolas Aug 7 '09 at 23:30

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Stack Overflow is not a social networking site. It's not going to become a social networking site. Jeff has been pretty clear on this.

Listen to the latest podcast (1:00:52):

Jeff: ... I kind of like having control over what I think the product is and what we're building and the direction of it, and I don't want to be pulled in like ten different directions in terms of "Hey let's make it a social networking site" - that would be like a horror story for me - that's everything I don't want, right? But if you open source, somebody could fork you and say "You know what, I'm going to make the ultra-social Facebook version of Stack Overflow" - I'm getting an ulcer just thinking about this actually - where you can friend people and, you know, you can send little private messages to each other and it's all about hanging out and being buddies - it's horrible!

Joel: Don't give 'em any ideas.

I understand that what you're asking for isn't quite that, but it's pretty darned close - and would almost certainly be used in that way, even if it was really designed for just time-sensitive quick programming-related questions/updates.

Nope, I can't see this happening...

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earlier today there was a question on StackOverflow about programmers diet, it was closed and I can understand why but I do think StackOverflow could have a place for such topics –  Saggi Malachi Aug 7 '09 at 23:26
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@Saggi: It could, but it shouldn't. –  gnostradamus Aug 7 '09 at 23:31
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@Saggi: If you want to set up a StackExchange server for such things then go ahead when it's released... but it sounds like the amount of interesting content vs noise would be pretty grim. –  Jon Skeet Aug 7 '09 at 23:41

If you want something twitter-like, use twitter.

'Nuf said.

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You want... What now?

If that Twitter thing is useful - and i'm not yet convinced it is - then just use it. What do you need SO for?

If Twitter doesn't do what you need, then why on earth would a SO-branded clone be any better?

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uh...if we wanted twitter-like clutter and noise, perhaps we'd...use twitter!

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