What's the difference between Usenet and Stack Overflow?
I heard that Usenet shaped the Internet to be a liberal place where every voice got to be heard. Why would I leave my historical place and start using Stack Overflow?
I think I can speak with some authority, as I still appear to be the 5th all-time poster on the Usenet group comp.lang.c++. And the answer is that SO is superior because of:
On the other hand:
My 2 cents, of course.
Stack Overflow is a peer-review system that offers quality-control of all code provided. That happens to be one of my favorite qualities. This is contrary to the standard methods in which people find help online. The (initially uneducated person) is given a couple block of code to copy/paste by another (potentially uneducated person) and that is that. On Stack Overflow, the (initially uneducated) user is fortunate enough to have the assistance of many other users to help him decide which solution is the best via their votes, comments, etc.
Additionally, Stack Overflow* is generally a very user-friendly environment, with a careful ear to abuse and disrespect. We try to keep the floor clean enough for interns and experts to congregate with little-or-no bloodshed. The community is able to assist in this task via a slew of reporting tools, access to some mod-level information, and (if conversation is necessary) personal access to moderators themselves via emails or meta.stackoverflow.com.
And lastly, the thing that really made this place what it is; we've got the concerted effort of two of programming's most-famous personalities (Jeff Atwood/Joel Spolsky) behind the veil making the system operate so well.
*Not Meta, this place is just crazy.