Stack Exchange = True Love
I am a non-technical guy, know just enough about architecture and code to be dangerous. But I love Stack Overflow, err, Stack Exchange (stackexchange.com). Without a doubt the best Q&A site on the web. Most of it is waaay over my head but the level of community engagement and care is outstanding.
- Why float.NaN != double.NaN in C#? Got three answers in minutes.
- Which is the safest way to get root privileges: sudo, su or login? Got 8 answers within an hour.
- What to do with day-old cooked rice? Got nine responses and a polite redirect to a sub-board for cooking? Thanks to Stack Overflow I know what to do with my old rice and why it could kill me. Serious- check it out: http://ur.ly/FNd4 #cooking
And none of that “your answer sux” or “you don’t know crap” garbage that pollutes so many community boards. Serious, helpful, committed stuff. None of the posing I see on Quora. I wish I knew more code so I could participate.
A few observations about the community building lessons:
1. relevance. can’t be all things to all people.
2. moderation. don’t let the creeps dominate.
3. easy. easy to join, easy to find, fun to be part.