Jeff’s Justice League

by Jin, 08-25-09 // 9 comments

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.

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From the About Page of Stackoverflow:

Stack Overflow is a programming Q & A site that’s free. Free to ask questions, free to answer questions, free to read, free to index, built with plain old HTML, no fake rot13 text on the home page, no scammy google-cloaking tactics, no salespeople, no JavaScript windows dropping down in front of the answer asking for $12.95 to go away. You can register if you want to collect karma and win valuable flair that will appear next to your name, but otherwise, it’s just free. And fast. Very, very fast.

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.

9 comments

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Jarrod Dixon 08-25-09

Awesome write-up – thanks for all the kudos!

The past year has been the best of my professional career, getting to work with great people on something that hopefully makes a difference in all our colleagues’ lives.

The team (Jeff, Geoff, and I) are having a call right now, working on some nice refactorings; WE MAKE THE SITES BETTER, ONE DAY AT A TIME!

Again, thanks for the blog entry and your kind words, sir :)

Bobby Borszich 08-25-09

Great idea to share the *League* with those who may not otherwise be aware of the greatness within.

Janko 08-25-09

Great that you mentioned this sites. I like to check out StackOverflow from time to time, there’s always something interesting.

This is an excellent read for all those lazy developers that don’t know that StackOverflow exists.

splattne 08-25-09

+1

Jin 08-25-09

@Jarrod, it’s always fun chatting with you guys late at night. Almost makes me want to do back-end programming again… :)

@Bobby, thanks! I wonder who the Aquaman is…

@Janko, you’ll find some great resources there, especially on .net topics.

@Splattne, you’re a rep beast, don’t know how you do it.

Aaron 08-25-09

I’m adding all those sites to my delicious bookmarks. Coders need to band together… or die in an avalanche of syntax errors. ha.

Kim 08-28-09

Spriests deserved the nerf! Ele shamans need some buffs though.

I think in the sense of achievements and whatnot that sounds pretty neat; however, I’ll admit, I don’t like them for MMORPGs :P For certain ones, I’m of the opinion that in many ways they ruined some of the casual aspects ;)

Diago 09-05-09

Awesome write up. Worth mentioning that you are also featured on the about page a SU (http://superuser.com/about).

DM 10-05-09

I’m adding all those sites to my delicious bookmarks. Coders need to band together… or die in an avalanche of syntax errors. ha.