Hear me out:
- jsfiddle has awesome gist integration.
- Embedding snippets from gist would allow me to not repeat myself.
- Publicly editable gists with easy browsing of revision history makes collaborative answering painless.
- By including a link to the jsfiddle, anyone, on any platform, can test the code with one click; no trying to reproduce locally or guessing what is going wrong just by reading the code.
For example, I have included a magic link to a jsfiddle in the readme for this gist, check it out:
Wouldn't it be great to be able to embed that nicely formatted code into my question or answer? I understand that this is only really relavent to HTML/JS/CSS questions, but I think it's really cool and it could literally save MINUTES... I mean think about it! MINUTES!!! Aren't you getting excited by how many minutes you could save!?!?
I also think that more integration between Stack Overflow and Gist would create all kinds of awesome in many different scenarios. Am I taking crazy pills here or what?