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I rarely find the time to browse SO/SF/SU looking for questions that I can answer. So I'm really curious to know when most of you find the time to answer questions?

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  • At home (as a break from writing/editing, usually)
  • On the train/bus
  • At work while waiting for builds/deployments etc
  • Walking to/from the station, via my phone (normally comments rather than answers, admittedly)
  • Waiting for my eldest son's swimming lesson to finish
  • Occasionally in front of the TV
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  • Nice ideas Jon! Keep 'em coming. Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:01
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    Ah the beauty of PHP: no compile/build/deployment steps. :)
    – cletus
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:08
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    @cletus: You say beauty, I say lack of opportunity for micro-breaks :)
    – Jon Skeet
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:15
  • How long has your new book been delayed, Jon? :)
    – Vinko Vrsalovic StaffMod
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:58
  • @Vinko: That's a very good question... I've no idea, but SO has certainly helped to get answers to a few questions which I had when writing :)
    – Jon Skeet
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 14:05
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I don't let work get in the way.

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  • You mean you answer questions on the sly at your workplace?? Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 12:54
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    Don't you? What else are you going to do at work?
    – Welbog
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 12:55
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    @Jeremy, whatever you're currently doing, you're doing it wrong.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 12:57
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    The only thing work is good for! Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 12:57
  • TheTXI, you are not good enough for a check mark! Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:04
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    The fact that a check mark was even given in the first place and then immediately switched over as soon as Skeet came to play is hilariously sad.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:05
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I take small breaks from work throughout the day to browse. I consider it study, and as such benefits my work.

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  • How did you convince your seniors to allow you to continue such "insincere" activity? Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 12:59
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    Fastest checkmark of the day! Jeremy, why have you asked in the first place? Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 12:59
  • I accepted the only valid answer .. until Jon replied. Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:02
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    Obviously that check mark was being kept warm until Jon Skeet came along.
    – random
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:02
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    @Jeremy: I didn't have to convince anybody. Employees have down-time, especially programmers. I think they would be rather happy that I'm using my downtime to sharpen my skills rather than smoking out back.
    – Sampson
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:12
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I have insomnia, and this is a hell of a lot better than aimlessly browsing wikipedia...

also it makes for a nice break periodically throughout the workday. I've gotten some great inspiration for features (or the implementation of a feature) by browsing through the site.

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  • tvtropes.org
    – random
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 13:19
  • Please do not visit that site without your ad blocker turned on. My eyes!
    – Vinko Vrsalovic StaffMod
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 14:25
  • Flashblock is a good thing...
    – AnonJr
    Commented Sep 11, 2009 at 1:18
  • Didn't realise that TvTropes had any ads. After all this time...
    – random
    Commented Sep 11, 2009 at 3:05
  • Oh my dear lord...! Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 13:42
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Since I work from home most of the week, I have my desktop PC on the left and work's laptop on the right, monitors side by side and Synergy acting as KVM.

My brain is wired to multitask, so it's become a reflex action to kick the mouse over to the left and read SO or Facebook or IRC for thirty seconds in between thoughts, then kick it back over to the laptop to write my next few lines of code or reply to a text message on Skype from my colleagues.

Somehow this leads me to getting my work done — fast — at the same time as writing a slew of SO answers and getting worked up about the number of edits my OCD is driving me to do.

It's pretty cool.

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