My first reaction to careers SO was admiration of its cleverness and a general feeling of "this is the way things should be". However I have to confess that I am now more hesitant to answer or ask questions in haste should - God forbid - I get down voted. Before, the whole process of earning reputation or winning badges was a bit like a online strategy game... a website to click-on whenever I got coders-block and needed a break. I could look in awe at the more accomplished players and dream one day of reaching their level (perhaps if I found myself without a real job). But now there could be real-world implications that go beyond my current dev problem or desire to help others if I can. It might help or hinder my ability to provide for my family in the future! In some ways it's made me want to get out of coding altogether and find a position in management so at least I can use CSO from the "buyers" side of the fence!
I've recently felt the urge, but admittedly I haven't done anything about it, to come up with a more robust "SO strategy", whereby I would dedicate more of my precious productivity-time trying to build reputation and research "SO tips and tricks", in the hope one day that it will lead me to a dream job.
This situation reminds me of some of the counter-intuitive examples put forth by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner in their book Freakonomics
Has anyone else changed the way they use SO since the introduction of CSO?