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Joel Spolsky has said on the podcast (sorry don't feel like looking up references) that the basicmain inspiration to create this site was the crappiness of Experts-Exchange, and: the way they came up on Google results but when you clicked through you didn't actually get any results. The other major inspiration is that so often a Google search would lead to outdated information on message boards. On Stack Overflow, the idea is that the voting mechanism lets the best answers always be on top. And everything is editable in a wiki-like fashion so that outdated information can be updated. Also, the creative commons license was inspired by sites/projects like experts exchange, cddb, imdb, etc, that started off as collaborative, community-generated content but then all of a sudden someone owned it all. With the creative commons license, SO doesn't own all the user-generated content on the site, and the complete data is available in monthly data dumps.

Here's a good video where Joel goes over a lot of this while talking to developers at Google: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWHfY_lvKIQ

Joel Spolsky has said on the podcast (sorry don't feel like looking up references) that the basic inspiration to create this site was Experts-Exchange, and the way they came up on Google results but when you clicked through you didn't actually get any results. The other major inspiration is that so often a Google search would lead to outdated information on message boards. On Stack Overflow, the idea is that the voting mechanism lets the best answers always be on top. And everything is editable in a wiki-like fashion so that outdated information can be updated. Also, the creative commons license was inspired by sites like experts exchange, cddb, imdb, etc, that started off as collaborative, community-generated content but then all of a sudden someone owned it all. With the creative commons license, SO doesn't own all the user-generated content on the site, and the complete data is available in monthly data dumps.

Here's a good video where Joel goes over a lot of this while talking to developers at Google: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWHfY_lvKIQ

Joel Spolsky has said on the podcast (sorry don't feel like looking up references) that the main inspiration to create this site was the crappiness of Experts-Exchange: the way they came up on Google results but when you clicked through you didn't actually get any results. The other major inspiration is that so often a Google search would lead to outdated information on message boards. On Stack Overflow, the idea is that the voting mechanism lets the best answers always be on top. And everything is editable in a wiki-like fashion so that outdated information can be updated. Also, the creative commons license was inspired by sites/projects like experts exchange, cddb, imdb, etc, that started off as collaborative, community-generated content but then all of a sudden someone owned it all. With the creative commons license, SO doesn't own all the user-generated content on the site, and the complete data is available in monthly data dumps.

Here's a good video where Joel goes over a lot of this while talking to developers at Google: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWHfY_lvKIQ

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Joel Spolsky has said on the podcast (sorry don't feel like looking up references) that the basic inspiration to create this site was Experts-Exchange, and the way they came up on Google results but when you clicked through you didn't actually get any results. The other major inspiration is that so often a Google search would lead to outdated information on message boards. On Stack Overflow, the idea is that the voting mechanism lets the best answers always be on top. And everything is editable in a wiki-like fashion so that outdated information can be updated. Also, the creative commons license was inspired by sites like experts exchange, cddb, imdb, etc, that started off as collaborative, community-generated content but then all of a sudden someone owned it all. With the creative commons license, SO doesn't own all the user-generated content on the site, and the complete data is available in monthly data dumps.

Here's a good video where Joel goes over a lot of this while talking to developers at Google: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWHfY_lvKIQ