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I think this would be great for fostering local community. I mean not everybody can go to Dev Days ya know?

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Because - and pay close attention here, because it's not terribly obvious and a lot of people make this mistake - because, Stack Overflow is not Facebook.

It could be, of course. Don't think for a minute that Atwood & Co. aren't perfectly capable of writing Facebook. But why would they opt for fame and untold riches, when they could instead provide a narrowly-scoped Q&A site for programmers?

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Well I didn't mean like a facebook for programmers...just a way of finding out who else might be up for a code-camp in your area... – leeand00 Oct 21 '09 at 4:02
@leeand00: yeah, and that'd be fun and all, at least for those who were into it, but... that's not what SO is for. Different sites have different purposes - Facebook is for social networking, LinkedIn is more like professional networking, and SO? SO is a programming Q&A site. – Shog9 Oct 21 '09 at 4:04
@Shog9 Separation of concerns? – leeand00 Oct 21 '09 at 4:05
Well yeah that is definitely one thing I don't like about Facebook. They don't separate their concerns well. It's like they just tried to take the whole internet and jam it into one website. Yeah I wouldn't want them to do that with Stackoverflow... – leeand00 Oct 21 '09 at 4:07
Separation of concerns - nice! :-) – Shog9 Oct 21 '09 at 4:11

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