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I think there are too many questions on StackOverflow. It is just too much for anyone to answer! I mean, I could spend my entire life trying to answer all the questions on StackOverflow.

Just to show an example, this is my daily routine:

  • Go on StackOverflow
  • Go to Unanswered Questions
  • Start from the top and answer each question, even if I am not familiar with the language, or topic.
  • Argue with people for down-voting me. I mean, just because I don't know anything about PHP doesn't mean I can't answer how to assign a variable! At least I'm putting forth effort.

So far I've only been able to answer 500 questions.

I suggest that we make a change to the Ask a Question page to relieve this burden on the technology community, allowing us all to provide answers to questions that have already been asked. Then, when we have all answered them, we can undo the change and start answering the new questions.

The change is this:


<input id="submit-button" type="submit" value="Post Your Question" tabindex="120">


<input id="submit-button" onclick="return false;" type="submit" value="Post Your Question" tabindex="120" >

This will stop all questions from being posted, and allow us to catch up with answering questions, even if we are inexperienced with the topic!

It would be even better if the submit button acted like the question was submitted, but simply took them back to the home page.

Please join me in the effort to catch up will all the unanswered questions!

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closed as too localized by juan, perbert, Lance Roberts, John Rudy, fretje Mar 11 '10 at 20:10

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It is not friday yet. – perbert Mar 11 '10 at 18:33
You'll have to wait until I've answered all the other questions on meta before I answer this. – ベレアー アダム Mar 11 '10 at 18:35
At least 50% aren't worth answering, and could easily be closed under existing SO rules. – nb69307 Mar 11 '10 at 18:36
There's a badge for that. – squillman Mar 11 '10 at 18:36
@voyager - it is currently Friday in about 1/3 of the world ( – Dominic Rodger Mar 11 '10 at 18:37
@Dom: San Diego ain't one of them. – squillman Mar 11 '10 at 18:39
@squillman - excellent point. – Dominic Rodger Mar 11 '10 at 18:41
Damn, I wanted to add a nice general always-something-in-somewhere tag but it was too many characters. – gnostradamus Mar 11 '10 at 18:43
@gnovice: always--in- works! except the tag system doesn't like *. :( – Ether Mar 11 '10 at 19:02
Go Go Start Argue. I think your doing it wrong. ;) – Troggy Mar 11 '10 at 19:28
4 close votes, yet no downvotes. It's a new record! – Tyler Carter Mar 11 '10 at 20:04
@voy, love your current rep – juan Mar 11 '10 at 20:20
@Downvoter: so do I. – perbert Mar 11 '10 at 21:24

You're right, we should delete everything and start over!

But perhaps you are going about things the "wrong" way, and getting intimidated by the size of the task you have taken on... For example, I never look at the front page of all questions. Never ever ever. That's way too massive and I'd explode from overload. Instead, I simply conduct a tag search of the ~30 or so most interesting tags in my "interesting" list, set on auto-refresh every 10 minutes. That contains just three languages, a few tools, and a smattering of general concepts like project-management, code-review, fun, subjective, interview-questions etc. That's plenty for me to absorb each day, and almost all my reputation comes from answers in one tag ([perl]).

The rest of my answer would simply be a reiteration of the points covered in this question.

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Create a new user called Æther';DROP Table Questions-- – perbert Mar 11 '10 at 18:37
Oh yes, they call me little Æther Tables... – Ether Mar 11 '10 at 18:40
Delete it? We have to nuke it from orbit. It is the only way to be sure. – Zoredache Mar 11 '10 at 19:00
What about the data dumps? They will still exist on other peoples computer. Clearly we need an EMP bomb for the entire world. – Earlz Mar 11 '10 at 19:32

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