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(IT World)   Stack Overflow has saved C# developers almost (holds pinky to mouth) $3 BILLION DOLLARS worth of time   ( divider line
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2101 clicks; posted to Geek » on 11 Dec 2013 at 9:50 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-12-12 01:01:02 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Fuggin Bizzy: Nexzus: Some answerers there are real assholes.

Ever see one of those forums with one of those answerers who does absolutely nothing but respond "This isn't the correct place for that question, please take it elsewhere."? I never understood that.

These are the same people who end up running for HOA management and other similar busy-body tiny power roles, and should be shot on sight for the good of the human race.

It annoys me, too, but I can see their point. Some of those kinds of questions are more conversational ("What do you like better...X or Y?") or have already been answered. It keeps the site useful to avoid a lot of side chatter.
2013-12-12 03:10:26 PM  

Contents Under Pressure: It keeps the site useful to avoid a lot of side chatter.

I get that, and sometimes that's appropriate. The ones that really gall me, though, are the people who contribute absolutely nothing else (as I said before.) Why even waste the energy? That's just creating a different kind of side chatter.
2013-12-12 06:42:13 PM  

mayIFark: haemaker: UberDave: I can see that.  They've saved me a ton of time lately that would have been spent experimenting or doing trial and error with linq queries. It's a great place for quick answers to little things - You need to code using xml serialization/deserialization, you're going to need to go to the MSDN or a book and learn it.  But if you want to know the best way to instantiate your schema class or how to search through an enumerated type declared in the schema using the xml attribute, Stack Overflow is the place.

"I believe it" was my first reaction too.  I put Stack Exchange as one of the top 10 most valuable information resources on the net.  What is amazing is I have built entire apps with answers from Stack Exchange... yet have never posted.

Is that a new site like Stack Overflow?

/Sorry, had to.

I think the calculation is missing something. Not all page view is to save time, some page views are actually using time, i.e. the people who are answering the questions.

Yeah, damnit, was thinking about ExpertSexChange when I wrote that.
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