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Why is Stack Overflow - and Stack Exchange in general - so scary?

I have been an SO user for quite some time and not an entire dimwit when it comes to my languages of choice. SO is a very useful resource and has helped me out of a pinch many a time. However, when it ...
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12answers
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The problem with extrinsic motivation

TL;DR: Stack Exchange favors standard, fast, and complete answers at the expense of novel, creative, and excellent answers. This bias results directly from reputation ratings, badges and other ...
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Does herd behavior influence the SO sites?

Are you influenced by existing votes? That is, if a question or answer has a large number of up votes, are you more likely to vote it up (and similar for down)? The reason I'm putting this question ...
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4answers
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Answering questions of those with higher Rep

Sometimes I'll see a question I'd like to try and answer, but then I notice that the poster's Rep is much higher than my own. Seeing as I'm just a Comp. Sci student, I'm reluctant to answer these ...
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6answers
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SO parallels to gambling

I do not want to offend anybody; I just figured out that some Stack Overflow characteristics are similar to gambling. I read an interview once with a psychologist explaining why people lose their ...
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4answers
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Who answers questions on Stack Overflow? [closed]

When I post a programming question on Stack Overflow, I usually get a response pretty quickly, and to my surprise, the responses are very detailed. Some even have code and links to articles. I am ...
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Why are Stack Overflow users so dedicated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is the motivation for answering questions? What motivates people to answer questions in Stack Overflow? This place is AWESOME! I have been posting questions on Stack&...
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6answers
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What is it that makes Stack Overflow so great? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: This place is AWESOME! Why does Stack Overflow work? I know a few sites where you give a hand to people and get help from other developers, but none of them are a match for ...
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Is there any academic research going on regarding Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Is there any academic research going on regarding Stack Exchange? I would be interested in helping, if someone is writing a paper.
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1answer
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Is Intermittent Variable Reward potentially harmful to the SO community?

Intermittent variable reward (IVR) informs us that behavior reinforced intermittently (as opposed to consistently) is the most difficult to alter or unlearn. Intermittent rewards beat predictable ...
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3answers
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Angry answers from users?

A lot of the time I see an honest question. Aside from the wrong assumptions that a user can make, the answers that are provided by some of the users aren't well...user-friendly. It starts to become a ...
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1answer
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Can the fastest gun in the west phenomenon encourage addiction-prone behaviour?

I tend to do the majority of my answering of questions at one time of the day - soon after I get to work. I have a suspicion that if instead, I continuously checked Stack Overflow for new questions ...
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Has there been a scientific paper/research investigating the motivation of people contributing in Stack Overflow?

In my opinion, Stack Overflow and the related websites have been very successful, especially considering the contents are mostly written voluntarily. Has there been scientific research analyzing the ...
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Are there any academic articles that deal directly with the psychology / sociology of Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Are there any academic articles that deal directly with the psychology / sociology of Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange? I was trying to google this to see if there's any academic talk, but I didn't ...