Stackoverflow.com

Today marks the public launch of Stackoverflow.com, the new programming Q&A site started by the famousĀ Joel Spolsky. So far it looks like it’s shaping up to be a very good resource for developers; and I agree with everything they said about Googling for solutions in this post. You can look me up on the site.

Beyond the site itself, which I think will become an oft-used resource for me, I also really like their badge system. I think a similar system could be a huge boon to any forum, social networking site, or other community site. Game developers learned years ago that people will be more active in an area they already enjoy if they can be recognized for their activity. The same idea applies just as well to community sites. I think it’s brilliant, and I think we’re going to be seeing similar implementations a lot more often.

Timothy McSweeny’s Open Letters

Through the glory of Hyperlinks, a question about the FCC led me to Timothy McSweeny’s archive of Open Letters to People or Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond. These are downright hilarious, and well worth the time to read. To cherry-pick a few favorites:

But don’t stop there… heck, read them all.

"Learn to say ‘I don’t know.’ If used when appropriate, it will be often."

Appropriately, About.com is running a toplist of Rummy quotes. There are some real gems in there, too:

“I don’t know what the facts are but somebody’s certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not know.”

“I’m not into this detail stuff. I’m more concepty.”

“Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said.”

“Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.”

Oh, just go read them all.