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I just read this blog post. The following quote sticks out:

There is no (good) community that can form around “let’s just talk about everything and tag it".

To be honest this sounds like a hypothesis. In fact, this blog post provides no evidence to support this hypothesis. So let's be scientific and make some! There is the Area 51, so why not create an "everything group". If it sinks then the hypothesis is proven, end of story. If it succeeds, then you get a larger userbase. What do you have to lose?

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Go for it: – Jon Seigel Jul 22 '10 at 22:59
@Jon Seigel Done: – Rook Jul 22 '10 at 23:01
Followed...this could be the next Yahoo! Answers...or something more epic. – Thomas Owens Jul 22 '10 at 23:02
And the countdown to "How is babby formed?" begins. – gnostradamus Jul 22 '10 at 23:03
@gnovice added, so that was like 45 seconds. – Rook Jul 22 '10 at 23:04
Okay, wth, I'm in for lolz – Jon Seigel Jul 22 '10 at 23:05
@The Rook: 54 seconds, not bad. – gnostradamus Jul 22 '10 at 23:06
Duplicate: (had everyone forgotten it was already proposed? really?) – juan Jul 22 '10 at 23:16
Not only that, that one was a duplicate of a now deleted one – juan Jul 22 '10 at 23:18
@Juan Manuel So then your saying that people want this. – Rook Jul 22 '10 at 23:19
@the, whatever I'm saying, just follow the one that already exists instead of creating a new one. – juan Jul 22 '10 at 23:19
@Juan: everything is obviously not a duplicate of everything else. – Georg Fritzsche Jul 22 '10 at 23:22
@Georg Fritzsche No, because everything goes in one category and then everything else goes in the other. – Rook Jul 22 '10 at 23:23
@Juan Manuel Okay, this is exactly my point, no one has proved that this is a bad idea. You must approach these things with science. – Rook Jul 22 '10 at 23:25
I would say that Yahoo Answers,,, wikianswer, askville, answerbag, yedda, and the hundreds of other generic "answer" sites have proven that this is a bad idea. – Aarobot Jul 23 '10 at 1:19
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I think Aarobot's answer is so darn good I'm just going to steal it!

I would say that Yahoo Answers,,, wikianswer, askville, answerbag, yedda, and the hundreds of other generic "answer" sites have proven that this is a bad idea.

I'll add that we were (and continue to be) stunned how many of these Q&A sites there are on the internet when we were doing our initial Stack Overflow project research. And bear in mind that is a top 200 website (!).

The Q&A format clearly has strength, but these sites are all doing it wrong in our estimation -- by repeating exactly the mistake in your question. When sites are about "everything" then they are about nothing.

Who knows, maybe we're wrong, but a loose confederation of sites strongly dedicated to specific topics, with vibrant communities around that topic, is the way I know based on experience and also feel in my heart to be correct.

So that's what we have to do.

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I don't think either of you are doing it wrong, per se, just differently. I think that for your average clueless tube jockey asking prosaic "how is babby formed?" questions where you don't care what kind of person answers or what they say, the everything-goes philosophy is great. By restricting the subject matter to professional- or at least enthusiast-level questions and answers, you practically guarantee that you'll never be competing for the same market space. I'd be very surprised if there's any intersection between Stack Exchange and Yahoo Answers communities. – Aarobot Jul 24 '10 at 17:52

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