Programmers are known as early adopters, and since Stack Overflow is so successful, I think a general question and answer website open to the whole public will be extremely successful. Plus, I think that being built on a Microsoft stack, it would be bought by Microsoft in less than a year.


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I can just imagine Joel and Jeff responding to a general q&a question:

xxxHotChixxxx: So like, I love my boyfriend sooooo much. I wan to get married and have 7 kids, but he says no. The other day he was lookin at my BFF Jillian, an he stared at her jus waayyyy too long. I think hes cheatin on me, but I want all those kids! What can I do!?!?!

BTW Im 13.

Joel: Well, now. In your circumstance, you should apply what I like to call "The Joel Test for Relationships". You need to rank this boyfriend of yours according to the results from this test, and compare it to offers from other "opportunities".

  • Does he use "source" control?
  • Can he make a "build" in only one step?
  • Does he make daily "builds"?
  • ...etc...
  • Does he do "usability testing" with everyone in the hall?

It sounds to me he fails point #12. Dump him.

Jeff: I'd give it another 6-8 weeks.

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    Dear HotChix: Children can be spawned using the System.Threading library in .NET. These require only one parent, so your issues with your boyfriend are superfluous.
    – Eric
    Jul 6, 2009 at 13:39
  • You are right, but the fact is that Stack Overflow has "noise" (funny, subjective, non programming related) questions too and that does not lower from its value.
    – flybywire
    Jul 6, 2009 at 14:05
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    There's noise, and then there's this. I just don't see Joel & Jeff wanting to manage their very own Yahoo Answers kind of community.
    – Jeffrey
    Jul 6, 2009 at 14:09
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    Yahoo doesn't want to manage it either.
    – TheTXI
    Jul 6, 2009 at 14:22

They have developed the StackExchange engine which would allow for people to create whatever kind of StackOverflow-like site they wish. I do not think they have any intention of making a Yahoo Answers killer because in all likelihood it would end up just as bad. The entire idea of having a single site for absolutely everything brings far too much noise and not enough signal.


You can make one yourself this september.

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    Or so we thought.
    – Randell
    Sep 6, 2009 at 15:10
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    Should be available in the next 6-8 weeks.
    – Gnoupi
    Sep 7, 2009 at 8:22
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    SE 1.0? Obsolete, yo!
    – Pops
    Sep 27, 2012 at 20:25

Typical questions would include "How is babby formed?"

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    how girl get pragnent?
    – Jeffrey
    Jul 6, 2009 at 13:38

I still think that this would be much better than the alternative of asking on Yahoo answers!

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    Also better than: a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. But don't expect it to drive all the eye-poking sites out of business; some folks just stick with what they know.
    – Shog9
    Sep 6, 2009 at 16:02

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