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What are the main goals of stackexchange.com?

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To provide a better resource than our dashed friends? –  tombull89 Jan 19 '11 at 17:32
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To make the internet better –  Barry Jan 19 '11 at 17:37
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Is it really that difficult to go to stackexchange.com, and look through the FAQ? –  Pëkka Jan 19 '11 at 17:41
    
@Pekka Link? I can't find it. –  C. Ross Jan 19 '11 at 17:42
    
@C.Ross heh :) To be fair though, SE.com's "about" section does link to Stack Overflow. –  Pëkka Jan 19 '11 at 17:43
    
@Pekka to the Management page, which tells you who not why. –  C. Ross Jan 19 '11 at 17:48
    
3rd paragraph from the bottom of this blog post –  Barry Jan 19 '11 at 17:51
    
@C.Ross the "mission" tab isn't far, though. But it isn't SE specific, admittedly –  Pëkka Jan 19 '11 at 18:56

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The blog says:

One thing we’ve been pitching a lot to VCs is our love for internet communities that are obsessive about something, where that something could be … well, anything, really. I feel that the kind of expert communities that arise around a shared passion for something are not only fascinating but help the world at large, in that these experts produce a lot of highly relevant content that any average person can dip their toes in when they need advice about that particular topic.

Our goal with the Stack Overflow engine, then, is to unlock this content and release expert communities from the Soviet-era phpBB and vBulletin software they’ve been trapped in for so many years. In other words, better living through software!

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The main goal is to provide an infrastructure to have Question & Answers sites in different topics, where community asks and answers the questions. Allowing fast feedback between the users. It is also community managed! :)

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