I have used it my whole way through university, without it things would have been much different. I could not continue without SO, but as I use it more and more I see it is the best because of how it works. How did this all happen, I know it is community driven, but did one person say, "SO will be like this and this"?
SO is separated by the rest of programming help community's because it has standards. I was an avid user of Experts Exchange which I paid for, but no way in a million years did it come close to the quality assistance I gained at SO. So basically my question is, how did these standards, which make SO what it is, come about?