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I was trying to think of other, bigger communities - and I haven't come up with any that are definitely bigger. Is "the hyphen site" community-oriented at all?

Admittedly it's a pretty loose community due to the very wide range of questions (compared with, say, a single-language group where all the group regulars know each other, because they're all reading the same questions) but even so...

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Is Jon the leading user in the biggest programming community out there? :) – xmm0 Sep 8 '09 at 18:50
We're all doomed! – Ólafur Waage Sep 8 '09 at 18:51
I have noticed that if I google something programming related SO comes up a lot more than it did a few months ago. – Jay Riggs Sep 8 '09 at 18:58
But we are not yet the largest community boasting proficiency in gender change procedures. The "hyphen site" still gets that honor. – user27414 Sep 8 '09 at 20:48

CodeProject has 6,444,691 members. Do not know about their activity.

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See here: – Shog9 Sep 8 '09 at 18:50
Thanks, was looking for something like that :) – Ólafur Waage Sep 8 '09 at 18:51
Hmm... yes, I suspect we'd need some idea of a "minimum engagement" for this to make a lot of sense. Still interested in other responses though... – Jon Skeet Sep 8 '09 at 19:02
Interesting: I had no idea CodeProject was so windows-centric (99.5%) – Joel Coehoorn Sep 8 '09 at 19:22
@Joel did you know about why much adds are there? – Benny Feb 2 '11 at 4:22

Size doesn't matter - it's a question of quality. And what better way to measure the quality of a community member's contribution than with SO rep? The SO community has the highest combined SO rep of any programming community on the web. Hence, SO is the highest quality programming community.

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size does matter, it's a question of visibility. ;-) – Steven A. Lowe Sep 9 '09 at 4:14

Would sourceforge, codeplex, etc count?

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I don't know... the project hosting bit of SF wouldn't count, IMO - that's just a lot of separate communities. Are there "big" discussion groups that everyone gets involved in? – Jon Skeet Sep 8 '09 at 19:29

How exactly are you counting our "community"? Of the 2500+ pages of users on SO, only 50K or fewer have actually answered a question. If asking a question qualifies one, then I would suggest that Google is in fact the largest "community" because every search would qualify. I think that some of the same problems of counting that apply to SourceForge, CodePlex, MSDN, etc. would apply to SO -- who is a real member is not as clear cut as you might think.

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Indeed... On reflection, it's incredibly difficult to really put together metrics for "a community." – Jon Skeet Sep 8 '09 at 20:32
It's this big "extends out arms" – Ólafur Waage Sep 8 '09 at 20:39
Its a community if you can't hug them all at once. hugs Ólafur Waage – perbert Sep 8 '09 at 21:06

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