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Why doesn't Stack Exchange develop an IM-like rich client for us to more conveniently ask questions and get answers in real-time?

I want to join this open source project if somebody is interested.

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    People shouldn't be asking so many questions that they require a dedicated application to do so. – Blender Aug 26 '13 at 9:53
  • but there is a Meta Stack Exchange Chat(chat.stackoverflow.com) ... – user193530 Aug 26 '13 at 9:57
  • @FoxMaSk: Ok for chat, but he wanted an app for questions/answers. I think this is useless, a browser is more convenient and avoid non-constructive questions/answers. – glautrou Aug 26 '13 at 10:08
  • Hi, all , I just know that Stack Overflow Chat(chat.stackoverflow.com) , and My just experience of it is amazing . Thank you . – Jerry Cai Aug 26 '13 at 10:22
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Real time chat has a huge scaleability problem:

For each question that's asked, you need (at least) one expert who can give a great answer. That just doesn't scale, when you look at the number of questions that SO answers.

So why is the web different? Because if I search first, then chances are that the question that I was about to ask has already been asked and answered on Stack Overflow.

And the number of viewers who get the answer is much higher than the number of people who actually formulate and submit the question.

This helps greatly with scaling and replacing the web interface with real-time chat will most likely reduce the number of people who will look at the archives.

In short: SO (and Stack Exchange in general) needs people to ask good, high-quality questions, but they are not the primary audience!

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    I just don't get why people think real-time chat would be any better than real-time Q&A. What motivates these feature requests? If only there were more noise and fewer answers...then this site would be great! – Cody Gray Aug 26 '13 at 14:55
  • @CodyGray: and we could make a way to answer to answers. And we could display them in a threaded form ... no, even better: display them chronologically, so that you can easily see which answer came first. And don't let other users edit my stuff, because that's just mean! – Joachim Sauer Aug 26 '13 at 15:01