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What are the benefits of Stack Overflow? Does it pay something?

I want to earn something in terms of money, how can Stack Overflow help me?

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  • does SO pays u 4 voting down ? – Sunny Sam Dec 4 '11 at 17:53
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    Yes, Stack Overflow pays me a small stipend for downvoting silly questions. Not much, but it covers my coffee budget. – Michael Petrotta Dec 4 '11 at 17:58
  • this is not a silly question for your kind information – Sunny Sam Dec 4 '11 at 17:59
  • thanks mat 'cause I'm a very poor programmer I need some bucks by online work ok ! – Sunny Sam Dec 4 '11 at 18:00
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    Maybe contact Joel about buying some of his shares. – LarsTech Dec 4 '11 at 18:02
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    "what are the benefits of Stack Overflow?" Increased skill and knowledge. "Does it pay something?" No. "I want to earn something in terms of money, how can Stack Overflow help me?" By answering and asking questions, you 1) increase your skills as a programmer, 2) expose yourself to new ideas, problems, and techniques, and 3) become a better programmer. This may lead to better career opportunities, which may increase your ability to command a high salary. – Adam Davis Dec 4 '11 at 18:08

The benefits of SO are that it makes you a better developer (by asking or by answering) and that it makes other developers better too, which should improve your life. Nobody is paid to ask or answer questions. There are some paid employees but they are the ones who write the code that runs the site, administer the servers and so on.

Becoming a better developer will get you money in the long run. If you're looking for shorter-term monetary benefit, look elsewhere.


This site is for sharing your knowledge with others in need of it. You volunteer here and offer your assistance to fellow programmers.

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    does professionals have time to answer questions here – Sunny Sam Dec 4 '11 at 17:57
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    @SunnySam: yes, a lot of professionals spend some time on Stack Overflow. – Mat Dec 4 '11 at 18:00
  • why they don't work in their offices does SO pays them 4 doing so ? – Sunny Sam Dec 4 '11 at 18:02
  • @SunnySam: no (except for the Stack Exchange employees). – Mat Dec 4 '11 at 18:07

Stack Overflow isn't about money - it's about sharing your knowledge with others and gaining knowledge from others. See the About Page

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