When I first saw Google announce the existence of Stack Overflow and
suggest it for posting questions instead of this forum, I found it
mildly amusing. I wondered if it meant Google had plans to discontinue
this forum!

But then to my surprise, I started seeing not only more traffic in
Android Beginners, but even more quality posts than at the time of
that announcement. And now I hear Google is going to pull the plug!

Come now: do you REALLY think Stack Overflow is that much better than
Google Beginners? I certainly do not. Nor have I seen Google, in any
of these announcements, make a convincing case that it is.

What is more, when I do a Google search to see what the web has on a
particular Android problem I am working on, I find useful answers in
Android Beginners about as often, maybe even a little more often, than
in Stack Overflow. True, the query has to be well crafted to eliminate
the dross, but that is situation normal for the Web.

Under such circumstances, what impression do YOU think Google is
making on the public and the market by this decision? I cannot see it
as a good one.

On Aug 2, 2:37 pm, "Roman N (Google Employee)" <romannu...@google.com>
> Hi all,
> Next week, on Monday, August 9th, 2010 at 9am PDT, this Google Group
> and associated email alias will be permanently disabled and placed
> into archive mode. All new messages and replies will be automatically
> rejected. Existing messages and threads will still be available online
> athttp://groups.google.com/group/android-beginners, but closed to
> further discussion.
> Please direct your questions to other discussion forums, as per these
> recommendations:
> - All new, beginner-level questions related to Android application
> development should be posted on Stack Overflow:
>       Android questions:http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/android
>       Stack Overflow FAQ:http://stackoverflow.com/faq
>       Ask a question:http://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask
> For more background on Android and Stack Overflow, please see this
> blog post:
>      http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2009/12/hello-stack-overflow.html
> - All existing, unanswered questions on Android-Beginners, that are
> directly related to Android application development, should be posted
> to Stack Overflow. Please read the Stack Overflow FAQ and look at
> examples of popular questions on the site before posting.
> - All new, advanced questions related to Android application
> development should be posted to either Stack Overflow or the Android-
> Developers group:
>      http://groups.google.com/group/android-developers
> - As before, all new Android questions not directly related to Android
> application development should be posted to the Android-Discuss group:
>      http://groups.google.com/group/android-discuss
> Please reply to this thread if there are any questions or concerns.
> Thanks,
> Roman Nurik
> Android Developer Relations

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