I want to introduce a few very good Q&A sites for web development and design today. Of course, within the programming community, these sites are already well known. But since there are more designers reading this blog, I figure they definitely need a mention, just in case.
From the About Page of Stackoverflow:
We don’t run Stack Overflow. You do. Stack Overflow is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow programmers. Once the system learns to trust you, you’ll be able to edit anything, much like Wikipedia. With your help, we can build good answers to every imaginable programming question together. No matter what programming language you use, or what operating system you call home — better programming is our goal.
These sites are the labor of love by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky. Jeff, Jarrod Dixon and Geoff Dalgas did most of the programming work.
Stack Overflow launched a little over a year ago, now it’s getting close to one million pageviews daily and 87k registered users. The other two sites launched recently, both are gaining momentum in popularity. The success of Jeff’s sites definitely have to do with the solid fan base from both his blog and Joel’s. I worked with Jeff before he started his popular blog Coding Horror. I can think of some other factors why these sites are popular:
After completing the “Trilogy” sites, Jeff announced the new members of his “Justice League” of Q&A sites. I urge all designers give Doctype.com a try. It’s like Stack Overflow, but geared towards web designers. It runs on its own platform, but shares similarities with Stack Overflow.
The Stack Overflow engine will be available as hosted version soon, on stackexchange.com. It will definitely open up tons more helpful sites, not just limited to techies.