My Stack Overflow addiction is beginning to hurt productivity.

Have you ever found yourself in this situation regarding some site?

Any advice on how to deal with the problem?

  • Should probably be in meta - I just quit cold turkey. Will power!
    – wkl
    Nov 6, 2010 at 4:54
  • 1
    ... You even tagged this meta.
    – user229044
    Nov 6, 2010 at 4:54
  • 1
    SO needs a button "Ban me please" and ComboBox with time intervals.
    – Nakilon
    Nov 6, 2010 at 5:18
  • @Greg: I searched in stackoverflow, where the original question was posted. Looks like an opportunity to improve search results and mitigate posting to the wrong forum. :-) Nov 6, 2010 at 5:25
  • @peterh-reinstatemonica please se: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/357107/…
    – Luuklag
    Dec 3, 2020 at 14:40
  • @Luuklag I strongly disagree both the question and the answer. Instead of eliminating the tags, they should be fixed. Using SE sites to increase personal productivity and efficiency should be a top important topic on the meta sites. Renaming them to "tips" is nearly so bad as deleting them.
    – peterh
    Dec 3, 2020 at 14:46
  • @peterh-ReinstateMonica feel free to voice your opinion on the linked question, so others can vote on it.
    – Luuklag
    Dec 3, 2020 at 14:52

2 Answers 2


If you want you can flag one of your posts and ask a moderator to be banned for a period of time you specify; maybe this will help.


I wish I could say more, but all I really have is that I've trained myself to always care about what I'm getting out of activities, so sooner or later, I end up realizing "Wait... this is a pointless grind" and losing interest... it's already happened with TV, video games, and most reading.

I'm currently evaluating whether my "10 points per day, minimum" goal on SO main is worth the time spent finding questions I can answer.

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