I made a question at Stack Overflow long ago, and also did the same question in a non-stack-exchange website (Xtreme VB Talk). The question was answered: http://stackoverflow.com/a/4617865/555690

According to the answer, I shouldn't have cross-posted between SO and XtremeVBTalk, because

it increases the probability that wires will get crossed and everyone will waste time.

But I'm not sure why is that wrong. You see, I simply see SO and XtremeVBTalk as two different communities with different users. So making the question in both sites would just give me more answers. And if I got the answer in one of them, I would report back to the other site and let everyone know (and perhaps someone else would be benefited as well). I really doubt it is a waste of time - the more input, the better. The fact that someone was an user in both websites is simply a coincidence.

I realize that this question exists: Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site? but apparently it involves cross-posting within Stack Exchange sites, but this is about external websites instead.

I also realize that I was told that as an "advice" (since my question was not flagged or anything), but well, I am now curious about why would anyone consider this a bad practice.

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The answer here is somewhat related to your situation. In short, it's up to you to cross-post to a site outside the SO/SE network. –  Bart Jul 31 '12 at 22:47
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I like the way how this is addressed at Java Ranch:

Be Forthright When Cross Posting To Other Sites

...keep in mind that this is not generally in the interests of the posters who might be responding to your posts - those folks may find they've wasted their time. You certainly don't want to annoy those you want to help you, so you might want to make the experience as painless as possible.

The best way to do something like this (without ticking people off) would be to let people know upfront that the crossposting is occurring. This makes the most sense if there's a respectable delay between posting in one forum and another, e.g:

"I posted this question the other day in SomeOtherForum.com [link], but wasn't able to get a good answer, so now I'm asking here..."

A responsible netizen might also post a followup in SomeOtherForum.com letting people there know if a better answer is found.

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I did this a couple times on ask.cakephp.org...and soon found just asking on SO was a lot better use of my time –  Ben Brocka Jul 31 '12 at 22:55
+1 When cross-posting, don't do it until you have not got any answer within a reasonable time frame on one site. Then make sure you provide links between the cross posted sites to make sure people know about it. –  awe Aug 1 '12 at 10:39
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I simply see SO and XtremeVBTalk as two different communities with different users. So making the question in both sites would just give me more answers.

Ideally, but in practice you're probably going to get mostly the same answers twice, which means twice as many people had to take the time to answer. Worse, it tends to be the case that once somebody's problem is solved on one forum, they immediately start ignoring their question everywhere, because they've got their solution. Meanwhile, people keep trying to help on these other forums, even though the OP is ignoring the post completely now

If you're going to cross-post all the answers as they come in it's probably ok, but most people don't bother, and having a bunch of communities work on your problem simultaneously is probably unnecessary unless it's particularly difficult

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Personally--and I don't claim to speak for anyone else--it demotivates me to even try to help.

It feels like you either

  1. don't expect us to succeed
  2. don't value what we might have to offer
  3. are only posting it for the points

This may not be logical, but it is how I respond.

Take that for what you will.

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#3 ding ding ding! –  Seth J Aug 1 '12 at 1:54
#3 Well that's interesting - I don't see why would anyone care about the points XD... I mean, I just want the solution to my problems :) –  Omega Aug 2 '12 at 1:43
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