I have another feature request for Stack Overflow... Flash Card mode! Imagine a system where you could upload all of your homework question from your CS 101 course, get them answered by professionals for free, and then after reading all the answers review them in a mode that concealed the answer until you hit a button signaling that you were ready for the spoiler.
Here is how it goes:
- Ask a question that you don't get on SO.. Here is a good example -- though mine isn't from a CS 101 course -- http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1816993/haskell-dividing-num.
- Enter FLASH-CARD MODE on the Haskell tag.
- See if you've learned enough to get the right answer, or remember the points of the best answer.
I think this will greatly improve the educational quality of Stack Overflow.. There are 4106 questions tagged homework (as of Jul 29, 2010) realistically we should do a better job helping those trying to learn, rather than just pragmatically solving their problems. This might also open the door for SO to one day compete with the University of Pheonix or some other online college. There is a lot of money to be made in the online educational sector, probably more than just a mere professional Q/A network.