(UPDATE: Anybody who thinks this is a rant on C# needs to chill out. I'm not suggesting punishing C# questions. Rather, I am envious of C#'s disproportionate popularity on SO and am asking what, if anything, can or should be done to get non-C# language communities to more interested in using SO as they place for Q&Ss. Why? SO rocks as a Q&A platform, much more that traditional forums.)
On a whim, I thought it would be entertaining to graph out the Top Ten Language Question Tags by Date*. It has always been clear that c# was the most popular tag, but the below graphs made this fact more of a reality is some way. It kind of bothers me, but then again it is such a multifaceted topic that my 20-second analysis of why this is so doesn't mean much to even myself.
What are your thoughts on the overwhelmingly large popularity of c# on Stack Overflow? Is this healthy? Normal? In need of a conscious, deliberate change?
(* = My own arguably arbitrary and biased selection based on the most popular tags)
Top Ten Language Question Tags (+ 'r') by Date: Stack Overflow: Top Ten Programming Languages Over Time http://lanai.dietpizza.ch/images/Stack-Overflow-Top-Ten-Languages-Over-Time-small.png
Also included in the graph is
r, which users of
r flash-posted questions about in July. Here is a zoom of their "flash". It's kinda cute, in a way. They managed to
- beat out
ruby-on-railsfor a day
- approach the lulls in activity in a couple of popular tags, like