Hi Ken, Andrew,
Thank you for your thoughts! I had considered a Stack Exchange and
have set up a couple of experimental Q&A communities using it. After
the seeing what the Android and Adbobe teams are doing I think it
makes much more sense to keep the programming discussion in one place
on and avoid splitting the community.
I've not experienced the problems new developers may have with getting
started with Stack Overflow. While I'd like to think of the Twitter
Platform as being a perfect starting point for new developers trying
there hand at using web APIs, I think a key skill all programmers need
to learn first is how to find existing solutions to problems. If a new
developer finds it difficult participating in Stack Overflow vs.
posting to a mailing list, they are likely to become a very high
maintenance member of the community. Unfortunately looking back at
the archives of this group it looks like many newbie questions go
unanswered. That is far less likely to happen on Stack Overflow as
there are incentives for people of all levels of expertise to help
Stack Overflow looks like a great opportunity to bring developer
communities together which will ultimately be better for all of us.
We've seen a number of language specific questions pop up here that
the wider Stack Overflow community would probably do a much better job
of answering. In addition, comparing discussions around different
platforms side by side in Stack Overflow may increasingly influence
developers trying to decide which platform (Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn)
to integrate with first. I think we'd fair very well here and the more
open competition between the communities will help highlight areas
which should be prioritised for improvement.
On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 6:30 AM, Ken Dobruskin <k...@cimas.ch> wrote:
>> It seems like creating a stackexchange would just split the support power.
> +1, totally.
>> One issue I've noticed with Stackoverflow is it is harder for new
>> developers to participate where as the barrier for entry on Google Groups is
>> just having an email address.
> Some email groups can be very tough on newbies and this can change (ie, get
> worse) over time as there are no posted rules/policy. In my view, stack
> exchange is well conceived to avoid the trap of a harsh expert user playing
> the troll and shutting out new users. There is also a place for rules, and
> if desired a meta-Q&A for discussion of the discussion. I agree though that
> it should be up to Twitter to provide this environment.
> On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 21:40, Ken Dobruskin <k...@cimas.ch> wrote:
> Good points and initiative.
>> I do not believe Twitter have the resources to recreate the success of
>> Stack Overflow for Q&A purposes.
> Have you considered setting up a Twitter Dev Q&A beta site on
> stackexchange.com? I have, and someone probably could, but I thought I'd
> wait and see what the official Twitter development platform had to offer
> before doing that!
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