Stackoverflow – Hall of Shame (Why I hate Stackoverflow)

Stackoverflow – gotta love the quick answers, just make sure your questions fall in line with the Stack Nazi’s who will close your questions to get a bit of honor.

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12 thoughts on “Stackoverflow – Hall of Shame (Why I hate Stackoverflow)

  1. In all fairness, Kris Erickson is an operative planted by 4chan in operation “FUBAR” a former campaign to smear SO.
    The others I’m not sure about, they may just be douchebags but from what I understand there are multiple operatives of FUBAR that have the power to close questions.

    The chans are getting ready to launch another massive strike, this time FLOODING StackOverflow with spam, irrelevant questions, and closed questions. From what I understand there is also a planned DDOS that is supposed to last 24hrs.

    The date of operation SNAFU, a follow-up of FUBAR is believed to be August 12th 2010.

  2. To be honest SO if a necessary evil to me filled with egotistical people who want nothing else then to force their ideals on how a question should be asked and how people should talk. In fact I hate StackOverflow, I would be happier if the website just went away and died and we could go back to forums.

    • I have tried and failed in asking questions/ trying to help people in the stack community. It is defiantly not a place for free information sharing and if you’re new to writing code like I am just forget it. Every question I ask is normally referred to as homework and if I try to point someone in the right direction I get slaughtered. I am currently banned from asking questions. I have asked 6 questions and have no down votes on them but since they have not been up voted either I can no longer ask. I don’t get it. They apparently want to increase their user base but they should clearly post a sign “Only geniuses need apply”.

  3. I have to agree. The Stack Exchange websites are billed as a “free and open” exchange of information, but in actuality these sites are overrun with a select few members who are just trying to score points, “badges”, and moderator status in attempt to appear as “experts” and gain freelance work.

    For example, check out this member’s activity, which instead of contributing helpful technical answers, consists solely of acting like a judge on other people’s answers:
    http://stackexchange.com/users/85265/andrew-barber?tab=activity

    If you are a new member and post an answer, expect to receive immediate criticism, edits, and decrees from members like this trying to increase their point level. If you disagree or question them, then they’ll gang up on you like files, including starting a “meta question” where they’ll publicly flame you. Complaints to the anonymous site administrators (aka, the “team”) will just get ignored too.

    If you have information to share, you’re better off starting a blog or finding a more impartial, truly open site not overrun by ambitious members trying to increase their elitist status.

  4. they are good with simple mysql, php, javascript questions but they are rookies at best. You actually have to find the correct person at the correct time to get a good hint and not an answer. Your unlikely to find complicated answers. You’ll get a quicker response than most forums and honeslty i don’t even know that many code forums sites except stackoverflow. Will they answer a simple question? Yes. Will they answer a complicated one ? NO. Even if they know the answer they aren’t going to give it to you. I find that stackoverflow is full of rookies whom i had to teach how to do things by figuring out my own answers. They sometimes give me hints but thats about it. Some are good in Mysql questions. Maybe i’ve asked to may hard questions and was and expert while they were rookies but based on my experience they didn’t meet my expectations. Though stackoverflow has a collection of questions that were already created answered by the right person in the past, your unlikely to get new answers unasked. Should you use it if your a beginner AND YOUR QUESTIONS ARE REALLY COMPLICATED, YES-YOU WILL GET YOUR QUESTION answered.

  5. they are good with simple mysql, php, javascript questions but they are rookies at best. You actually have to find the correct person at the correct time to get a good hint and not an answer. Your unlikely to find complicated answers. You’ll get a quicker response than most forums and honeslty i don’t even know that many code forums sites except stackoverflow. Will they answer a simple question? Yes. Will they answer a complicated one ? NO. Even if they know the answer they aren’t going to give it to you. I find that stackoverflow is full of rookies whom i had to teach how to do things by figuring out my own answers. They sometimes give me hints but thats about it. Some are good in Mysql questions. Maybe i’ve asked to may hard questions and was too much of an expert while they were rookies but based on my experience they didn’t meet my expectations. Though stackoverflow has a collection of questions that were already created answered by the right person in the past, your unlikely to get new answers unasked. Should you use it if your a beginner AND YOUR QUESTIONS AREN’T REALLY COMPLICATED, YES-YOU WILL GET YOUR QUESTION answered.

  6. New users just don’t know how to ask questions. They either ask questions that can be already found on SO, are not really programming questions or are just horribly written. A beginner that doesn’t even care to read a book or online tutorial (free) shouldn’t complain about their question not getting answered. Taking the easy route will get you nowhere.

  7. This is why I’m trying a bit to avoid Stack Overflow. They have most of the answers I’m looking for, but the posters always find some way to make it way too complicated (I’m often around C# programming).
    For instance, if a guy were to ask “Should I use a string or an integer?”, the post usually contain unneccessary stuff like “if var is a bool, throw an exception and let the user know they f**ked up”. Yes, they are very strict, but you usually don’t get stuff that gets straight to the point there.

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