Joel Spolsky, of the brilliant blog Joel On Software (and some other folks) just launched a brand new forum website for software developers to help each other with programming questions called Stack Overflow (still in beta).
Here’s why I’m excited about this:
- This is 100% by programmers, for programmers. I poked around it a bunch today, and there are really good questions and really good answers. No 1337 speak, no IM chat TLAs.
- I like Joel’s work and I mostly agree with his points of view.
- This is 100% open and free. Some site, like Experts Exchange, charge to see answers. Others make you jump through hoops to use the site.
- You can post without registering. However, registering (free and easy, with an OpenID) allows you to “develop a reputation” as others rate your questions and answers.
- Full semantic web goodness with tags and categories
There are lots of fora out there for programming questions, but I have high hopes for this one.