I was pretty happy with Stack Overflow when it started, however I have seen the noise to signal ratio growing over time. At this point the only responses I get to my questions are from people who are obviously trying to get points rather than answer my question. I am sad to say that I no longer turn to Stack Overflow first. Furthermore I will likely not be turning here at all going forward. I am confident that you have a very popular site, but I no longer consider it a useful one.
Responses to comments below. Of the 15 questions I have asked I have received 3 solid answers and answered one myself. So I am running about 1 for 3.
It is not just answers to my personal questions, but answers in general. I find that I must make my way through many useless answers to other questions that I have found here that interest me.
Yes there are few Git experts here, unfortunately there are few Git experts period. I have asked the questions asked here on the Git forums as well. Aside from having my head bit off I have received little positive information. I appear to be the only person who finds Git not ready for prime time.
Examples. First, a good example: Can a Windows Forms control have a Design Time-only property?
Here are several that I am disappointed by:
- I am looking for a tool like LibCheck to evaluate different versions of the same SDK. Obviously it may be that such a tool does not exist.
- Has anyone seen git push hang on the same %? The solution suggested here is essentially to look somewhere else.
- Looking for a Command Pattern Alternative Suggested an answer I had already considered and hoped to avoid.
- Why should I do manual double buffering? (C#) More or less what the manual says. I am still unclear but decided not to spend more time on it.
I guess what I am seeing as I go through these, is that I choose not to spend the time that it takes to get an answer here. So perhaps this is not issues with stack overflow, so much as my issues with stack overflow. The first couple of questions I asked resulted in answers within a couple of days with little effort on my part. The rest have resulted in no answer, or answers that I had already considered. Maybe stack overflow is just not that useful to me. Still the "see community wiki" answers and others in a similar vein are an obvious attempt by some to gain reputation points without doing the work. I do not have an answer for this issue. I understand the role that reputation plays here and agree that it is an adequate solution. I have changed my mind in that I will not avoid stack overflow in the future, but it will move from being one of my first stops.