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How can I keep from getting addicted to SO?

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?

marked as duplicate by Greg Hewgill, BinaryMisfit Nov 6 '10 at 7:39

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  • Should probably be in meta - I just quit cold turkey. Will power! – wkl Nov 6 '10 at 4:54
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    ... You even tagged this meta. – meagar Nov 6 '10 at 4:54
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    SO needs a button "Ban me please" and ComboBox with time intervals. – Nakilon Nov 6 '10 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. :-) – Paulo Scardine Nov 6 '10 at 5:25

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.


Wow, he is right, I'm wasting time right now!


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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