Seeing that with the "new rules" certain sub communities could theoretically splinter off SO, like say a Python or a PHP community, will this be allowed and supported?

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    What new rules? You mean on StackExchange?
    – Josh K
    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:12
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    See proposal phase in the link
    – waffles
    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:16
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    More like the Balkan: we'll have a nasty war and everyone goes their seperate ways. Though look what happened with Europe as a whole. Two World Wars and still trying to form one big happy family
    – Ivo Flipse
    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:18
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    Do you mean supported like speech recognition or supported like beer consumption? Apr 16, 2010 at 13:32

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I have seen some (small) splinters; there is an iPhone SE for example. Personally, I hugely value the cross-fertilisation of ideas on Stack Overflow, so I really don't want that to happen.

That is also one of the things I find so objectionable about the iPhone SDK, btw. Seriously? The actual released API is under NDA? Get behind me, Apple! (throws salt, etc.).

I think the SE rules are more for your "fly fishing" site. So I don't see this as a threat to Stack Overflow. Jeff wants the site to thrive, too ;-p

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    Sometimes I think there's just too much clutter on the front page. 90% of the questions there are not answerable for me, despite my tag filters. Therefore I'd think sub-communities might be good. (A better system to show me appropriate questions is definitely better.) Apr 16, 2010 at 14:58

If that is the case then every single programming could have a separate site. Existing SO helps me to learn A-Z in what ever language. "Get into SO, you will get answer for all the question regardless of languages". I say this statement to all my colleagues. I feel that the uniqueness of SO will lost.


I'm not sure such a thing will be allowed by our Dear Leader. Stack Overflow is the crown jewel in the Stack Overflow LLC crown; if we start to splinter the site it's going to turn into a mess and could be a really bad thing for us as a community as well.

I'm not exactly sure where things are going with this whole Stack Exchange 2.0, but one thing I wouldn't want to see is having the community torn apart by it.


The "new rules" would allow it as long as there is enough community support to start a region/language/country specific site.

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    Support has to come not only from the community, but from Stack Overflow LLC as well. That makes things trickier for such a site.
    – alex
    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:30

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