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Does anyone know a website where noobs can actually engage and chat with programmer gurus? Stackoverflow is not quite the site for detailed discussions.

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If you want more detail, ask in a comment. – strager Jan 19 '09 at 19:31
Nor is it meant to be. Your regularly scheduled IRC channels are the place for that. – George Stocker Jan 19 '09 at 19:31
Dunno why you're getting so many downvotes. The FAQ say explicitly that SO is not a place for extended discussion. Asking for a place that is seems valid to me. – Gordon Wilson Jan 19 '09 at 19:39
Seems like a perfectly legit question to me. +1 – Simon Jan 19 '09 at 19:42
I agree with Gordon - why downvote this one? I found the question useful myself.... certainly no reason to downvote it. – Chu Jan 19 '09 at 19:42
+1 from me as well. Once a question has a few answers and passes the first page most of the community seems to ignore it so this is a perfectly valid question IMO. – Spencer Ruport Jan 19 '09 at 19:54
I have been submitting multiple posts (each with different questions) on the same subject and to date, I have not found the answer I am looking for. I have also figured out and read that SO is not intended for extended discussions...hence the question. – fd2 Jan 19 '09 at 19:57

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Hop on irc channels. freenode is a good one. If it must be a website, you could use some webirc client perhaps to connect. But it would be easier and simpler to just use a normal client.

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Hi Nicholas, how do I do so? What irc programs are available? Thank you. – fd2 Jan 19 '09 at 19:32
@2much2type, mirc.com for windows. colloquy.info for mac. – Gordon Wilson Jan 19 '09 at 19:34
Mirc is a good one if you use windows. Xchat is another good one if you're on a linux distro. I'm not sure for Mac OSX options, but they're out there. – Nicholas Mancuso Jan 19 '09 at 19:34
mibbit.com is also good if you don't want to install a client (web based), or so I hear anyhow. – Eddie Parker Jan 19 '09 at 19:50
Some multi-protocol chat programs (e.g. Trillian, Pidgin) support IRC. – strager Jan 19 '09 at 19:51
Thank you guys. I really appreciate your suggestions. :) – fd2 Jan 19 '09 at 19:55
I like to use XChat on windows too (makes me feel more at home). – rmeador Jan 19 '09 at 19:56

I use #StackOverflow on slashnet. We discuss SO all the time.

I use irssi as my client.

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Usenet is also great for this. If you like, you can browse groups that interest you through Google Groups before posing.

EDIT: also, see the answers to, http://stackoverflow.com/questions/172818/other-sites-like-stackoverflow

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I am of the opinion that it is the site for exactly that. Just because the question has been answered, you can still discuss it.

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SO is not meant for discussions by design. – GEOCHET Jan 19 '09 at 19:36

Look for a local user group and attend their meetings.

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