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being a reddit user, I am wondering if the IAmA questions are/would be allowed at stackoverflow, I think they can be fairly useful here.

please let me know what you think.

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Quick information: on Meta, people will downvote to show disagreement, not because your question is badly asked. Don't take it personally. – Gnoupi May 12 '10 at 10:06
@Gnoupi Maybe that line should be displayed automatically ;) – mafu May 12 '10 at 10:32
Am I the only one who doesn't know wtf an IAMA question is? Even after (briefly) glancing at that reddit page? Maybe I'm living in 1995 but I don't even know what reddit is... – Mark Henderson May 13 '10 at 0:54
What is a IAmA? I don't want to have to click an external link just in order to understand what you're asking because you can't be bothered typing 4 words....(and in any case, I have blocked reddit.com in my hosts file) ;-) – Marcelo Nov 15 '12 at 16:53

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Unlike Soylent Green, these sites are not about people.

I think that questions should be only about particular problems. From what I see, these IAmA questions are more of a discussion type. Not really suitable here, as this is a Q&A site. Ask about a particular problem, get answers. It doesn't matter who is expert or not, the community votes to choose the best answers.

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soylent cow pies! break.com/usercontent/2008/12/… – Jeff Atwood May 12 '10 at 10:19

I would say resoundingly No, there is already a site with a large user base that has a "ask me anything!" question format in its culture, so those questions should stay on that site.

(I also direct a number of subjective questions and extended discussions to http://reddit.com/r/programming as well, and many SO questions are posted there, so the two sites can happily coexist.)

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