I’ve been listening to the StackOverflow podcast for a few months. I never was into podcasting but decided I should give it a try and I decided around the time Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood started their podcast. I’ve followed both of their blogs for a while now, mostly because Joel is very good at explaining his opinions and has lots of experience to build on, and Jeff is refreshingly down-to-earth and prolific as a blogger. I use them as my conduit to the non-Linux side of programming, as a crutch to keep me a little bit grounded into the real world out there where 95% of people never use Linux and get their job done as well.
So, I applied for the beta, but didn’t have time this month to actually use it. I started using it last weekend, browsing, answering some questions, and so on. It’s actually a fun site, and I think it will end up being very useful. In the beginning I couldn’t do much because you need reputation to do certain actions, like voting questions up. But today I hit the 3 digit reputation score, I’ve had some questions answered, and I’ve had some answers voted up or promoted to the right answer, and it starts being useful.
It’s too soon to say, but it might end up being the single best new web site this year, and one of the few directly useful for my work. And it’s all running on Windows!
I sincerily hope us Free Software people can get past that ‘it runs on Windows’ hangup and seriously use the site when it’s available. I’ve already run into one of us going through some of the Python questions. Instead of asking the intarweb, I’m now going to ask technical questions over there. I hope you will too.