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Is Stack Overflow reputation marketable?

Would the bugger make a suitable investment for a busy company, knowing that he would spend most of is time on SO?

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marked as duplicate by Pops, Jon Seigel, dmckee, Gelatin, Lance Roberts Oct 11 '10 at 18:17

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@Pekka: how can a person be productive if they spend most of their work hours on SO? –  Andreas Bonini Oct 11 '10 at 12:31
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Well, somebody seems to think he is a suitable investment –  Pëkka Oct 11 '10 at 12:31
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@Kop I really doubt whether he really spends "most" of his working time on SO (in terms of the net amount of time.) But I don't know of course... I personally would just be damn irritated about being the object of such slightly insulting questions, and brain-dead answers like the one below. But that's probably just the price of being a celebrity :) –  Pëkka Oct 11 '10 at 12:36
    
@Pekka: The specific details (inc. TZ and times of the day) were made public some time ago - seek and you shall find. (Anyway, I wonder how much is the OP willing to offer...esp.in that case) –  Piskvor Oct 11 '10 at 12:40
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Effective time-management is a trait of any good employee –  random Oct 11 '10 at 12:48
    
@Pekka: no one mentioned Jon Skeet until balpha's answer, which came after our comments –  Andreas Bonini Oct 11 '10 at 13:46
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@Kop take a look at the first revision of the question –  Pëkka Oct 11 '10 at 13:48
    
@Pekka thanks for your last comment. –  Pops Oct 11 '10 at 15:52
    
Also related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/25453/… –  Pops Oct 11 '10 at 17:25

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You might want to consider that the user with the second-highest rep on SO was hired by the company that knows better than anyone else just how much time he spends on the site. And he was not hired to answer questions.

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Yup. I would then keep him on a workstation without a connection to the internet or SO. That would kill him

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Because killing new hires really makes them productive...! –  Rob Oct 11 '10 at 12:42
    
Sarcasm is obviously lost on you people :-) –  Vedran Krivokuća Oct 11 '10 at 13:14
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@Vedran, you can get jokes/sarcasm and just not think they're funny. –  Pops Oct 11 '10 at 13:19
    
@Popular Demand agree with you too. @Vedran :) –  abel Oct 11 '10 at 13:51
    
@abel, FYI, only the first "@-style name" in a comment sets off the notifier, so Vedran won't get notified of your comment (or this one). –  Pops Oct 11 '10 at 13:54
    
@Popular Demand thanks for letting me know –  abel Oct 11 '10 at 15:46

I question this statement:

knowing that he would spend most of is time on SO?

I was ranked #5 on StackOverflow at one point about a year ago, but I got there because of a highly-disfunctional work situation where I ended up putting far too much time into SO. I have since remedied the situation and now have a job that allows me to be productive for my actual employer. (BTW - nothing against my previous employer, I just wasn't a good fit there).

The result is my Stack Overflow participation is (sadly) way down. I've dropped about a dozen spots already. It's not zero - I still browse and answer questions at work. It's just now at a more-appropriate level.

The point is that hiring a high-rep Stack Overflow user doesn't guarantee you'll lose all their productivity to SO. It's more likely that either: 1) there's a good reason they're on the job market or 2) they really are just that good. Either way, a high reputation is a big positive for that user. Of course, they could just be a goof-off, but that's what interviews are for - so you can find that kind of thing out before hiring them.

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In other words: the job needs to be more interesting than SO. ;) –  Jon Seigel Oct 11 '10 at 15:31

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