Saturday, February 12, 2011

Stackoverflow and Altruism

We are closing in on a reputation score on Stackoverflow of 400. We now feel compelled to find questions we can answer to get the score up. The creators of that site have really hit on a valuable combination with their reward system.

In some ways the site is like a real-time quiz show. I can go there anytime and be presented with infinite programming questions that need an answer. If I answer correctly I get points.

Two odd things about the site: often the answer is easily found by searching the official documentation for the language; and most every question we've ever had has already been asked, so is there an upper limit to the number of questions that the site should support?

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