I’ve really been enjoying StackOverflow since it came out. If your not familiar with Jeff Atwood’s new site, here is the vision statement he blogged about at the onset of the project.


Stackoverflow is sort of like the anti-experts-exchange (minus the nausea-inducing sleaze and quasi-legal search engine gaming) meets wikipedia meets programming reddit. It is by programmers, for programmers, with the ultimate intent of collectively increasing the sum total of good programming knowledge in the world. No matter what programming language you use, or what operating system you call home. Better programming is our goal.


The core directive Jeff and Joel set out to address was the issue of a good place to go for development knowledge. If you had a question, there should be once place that you know it should either be answered already, or shortly after you ask it.  

Jeff even goes as far as putting up a witty inspirational image with the caption STACKOVERFLOW: None of us is as Dumb as All of Us. Which again references that knowledge-base aspect of the site.

But I’m finding the real value in this site is actually for entertainment purposes. I probably take a break 2-3 times a day, and with my iPhone, when I’m waiting for a meeting or Appt., I can be just browsing the internet 10-12 times a day just killing time. For me to be able to browse StackOverflow and check out what the latest greatest questions that have been asked, questions that I might be able to help out with, or just questions with funny answers that means I get to do more then kill time reading Digg I actually get to learn as my entertainment. 

With that in mind, I think you could take the following Venn diagram Jeff uses to describe the site, and move the Digg/Reddit circle right on top of that asterisk.

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