I look at Stack Overflow as two things.
- A way to learn
- A way to give back as I have received
The people in my office range across skill levels all the way from the top to the bottom but I am one of two people who participate on this site. I venture to guess that this is similar at other offices too, the brightest people still are not participating and I would like be able to learn from them too.
So. How would you motivate your colleagues to join Stack Overflow to get them to participate in this process?
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As the age old idiom goes "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."
I've had difficulty encouraging peers to use the trilogy to the help with their work. Unfortunately, this avoidance behavior extends to all technical forum websites. I end up answering a lot of questions personally or posting a question for them. What methods have you used to encourage peers to use forum sites? Is it just a personality thing?