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I am not an active participant on the hackernews community. They have a Show HN tag where users can post their hacks and get voted on.

The problem is that it is rigged against newbies, so unless you have spent sufficient amount of time on Hacker News you cannot even post a link. Also, it is mainly geared towards interesting tech news, so if there are a lot of interesting discussions going on your story will get sidestepped.

I feel a connection with Stack Overflow and I know any question I ask will be getting decent number of well thought out answers.

I would like to show my pet projects and get instant feedback, it would also motivate me to develop more projects. Not only this, I will also have the opportunity to see what all cool things other members of the Stack Overflow community are developing in their spare time.

What's the deal with the down votes. I only asked for a feature request relating to stackoverflow.

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The downvotes probably mean disagreement with the feature request. Votes are different here. –  yhw42 Aug 3 '12 at 3:55
    
Downvote = disagreement. –  Chris Walton Aug 3 '12 at 4:46
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It's a nice idea, but it doesn't fit the Stack Overflow model at all. Stack Overflow is designed entirely for the purpose of answering and asking questions.

If you have a question about how to do something in your pet project, you can ask it on Stack Overflow, and if you are working on a project that is relevant to a question, you can mention it in an answer, but SO is not a social network designed for showing off your work. As such, this feature would be well outside of the scope of Stack Overflow.

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The user profile would also be a good place to link any pet projects you want to show off. –  Anna Lear Aug 3 '12 at 2:14
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The closest thing Stack Exchange can provide to what you are looking for is Code Review Stack Exchange, where you already have an account. Its purpose is not to show off your pet projects, however you can submit the most interesting parts of your code for peer review, and get near instant feedback. A lot of Code Review's questions are build around open source pet projects, and provided you follow the community's guidelines and standards, adding a link to the full source of your project won't bother anyone. It's the Stack Exchange way of showing off ;)

Other than that, you can show off your pet projects in your profile, as Anna suggests, or discuss them in an appropriate chat room.

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