Warning: much ranting ahead
I never signed up on stackoverflow but I did try and help answer a question once. The web page blocked me saying I didn’t have enough reputation as a new user so I gave up. Every time I learn more about stackoverflow I dislike it even more.
Here is one article about how someone was banned for asking “too many questions”
Also they deliberately block certain even legitimate questions sating they are not a “good fit” for their site.
The above question wrongly closed off. It was a valid question but staff closed it.
I am finding more and more examples like this. I’m compiling a list of “obviously mismanaged” threads on their site which I might add to this thread at a later point.
I suppose you are wondering why I care and why not just vote with my feet and go elsewhere. Well I am looking at doing just that. However its amazing how high their site comes up in Google search rankings. When I am googling an answer to some technical question I often land on a stackoverflow page only to find a non-answer of why stackoverflow feels that this question is not a good fit and the thread closed from further comments. I thought Google was supposed to rank on actual content these days rather than some apparent “grandfathered” status.
Stackoverflow, I down vote you for ensuring bad content by putting Google ranking ahead of providing a useful service.
Anyone know of any good alternatives to the stackoverflow, stackexchange, serverfault totalitarian state of websites I would like to know. It doesn’t have to have as strong of a community, just sensible management and not an abandoned project.