Stack Overflow through the rear mirror
Almost a year ago I noticed that two of my favorite coding bloggers, Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky, were founding a company together amusingly called Stack Overflow. Their aim was to create a site with useful information for fellow coders, generated by user content.
While I’ve been reading their blogs on a daily basis for several years and think greatly of them both, I shrugged and guessed it would be another one of all the programming forums that are flooding the web. I’m glad I was wrong.
Fast forward twelve months later. Stack Overflow is a great success and one of the most popular forums. But part of the success is due to the fact that it’s not a traditional forum. They have mixed elements from Wikis and Diggs and put together a really useful site. It’s easy to use, intuitive and clean. Free registration is optional but not required. Well done guys. Or to quote Jeff Atwood himself, “We’re like experts-exchange, but without all the evil”. I couldn’t have explained it any better myself.