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This blog post analyzed stack overflow tags and indicates that C# is highly represented (perhaps disproportionately so). Other than the obvious explanation that there just happen to be a bunch of C# programmers interested in the site - what accounts for this statistic?

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John Skeet 15ch – Tom Aug 17 '10 at 23:45
@Tom - I don't get the '15ch' part! – Jay Riggs Aug 17 '10 at 23:50
@Jay - comments have to be at least 15 characters long. "John Skeet" is 10 so @Tom needed to add another 5 characters to be able to post the comment. – ChrisF Aug 17 '10 at 23:52
@Tom Mr. Skeet's first name is spelled without the 'h'. – waiwai933 Aug 18 '10 at 0:00
@ChrisF - thanks, I thought it was some new-fangled Internet slang I wasn't aware of. Damn kids. – Jay Riggs Aug 18 '10 at 0:06
@wai Consider it part of the 15 character stretch :) – Michael Mrozek Aug 18 '10 at 0:22
possible duplicate of Why is Stack Overflow so Microsoft-centric? – Shog9 Aug 18 '10 at 1:12
@waiwai933 Yes. I always make that mistake. – Tom Aug 23 '10 at 17:27
@perbert, @JayRiggs Eexactly what @ChrisF said. – Tom Aug 23 '10 at 17:27

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I'm guessing that a lot of SO users also read Jeff Atwood's blog, which is probably more popular in the C# community than any other, which may have to do with Jeff also being primarily a C# developer.

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According to Wikipedia:

In addition to use IIS and ASP.Net Stackoverflow is a MICROSOFT partner, receiving revenues from MICROSOFT advertising. This is creating a very oriented ambiance where everything that is not benefiting MICROSOFT is systematically dismissed or censored by 'super-users' who have full-power to edit or delete the posts and accounts of other users.

Jon Skeet, the Stackoverflow 'uber-user' (207k reputation), a MICROSOFT MVP (C#, 2003 onwards) and author of the book "C# in Depth", is prompt to flag anything that outdoes C# as 'SPAM' -arguing that discussing IIS using C# is legitimate and informative but that discussing a free Web server using ANSI C is "obvious advertising" (citation missing after censorship).

The most obvious consequence of this selective strategy is that C# accounts for many times more questions and replies than any other topic[15].

...so obviously C# is gonna be over-represented when there are these "super-users" (and "uber-user") running around destroying everything else!

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Aw, ya gotta be kidding me! Wikipedia says this? Oh the horror...I'm melting, melting...What a world. – Robert Harvey Aug 18 '10 at 1:48
Looks like somebody fixed it. All is well with the world again. – Robert Harvey Aug 18 '10 at 1:50
@Shog9: If your then that is hilarious. +1 – Dexter Aug 18 '10 at 2:04
@Dexter: not I... Sounds like someone got slapped down for spamming. – Shog9 Aug 18 '10 at 2:16
Wow... that's really sad. It's not clear whether this is someone's idea of a joke or not... – Jon Skeet Aug 18 '10 at 6:06
Fortunately, it only lasted about 5 hours, @uber-user – Shog9 Aug 18 '10 at 6:20
Since the vandal just rolled back the "removed vandalism" rollback with a comment of "removed censhorship", I guess it's not meant as a joke. Sigh. At least the page itself is still at the revision before the vandalism. – OregonGhost Aug 18 '10 at 9:29

We also learn from that graph that logarithmic graphs are sometimes more appropriate, depending on the data.

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