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[meta] Do you think this site is a useful resource for SSC users?

As a user of SSC do you think that the new ask.sqlservercentral.com site will add to the community?

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asked Oct 09, 2009 at 12:45 PM in Default

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14 answers: sort voted first

I hope this will become a more question and answer site for specific items, more like an FAQ. However I treasure the discussions on SSC proper, and hope they continue.

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answered Oct 09, 2009 at 02:42 PM

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Sharing many of the same feelings as others here.

Not sure how this format will sit alongside the existing SSC forum, will it be obvious to newbies and veterans alike, as to which is the right place to post questions/discussions etc. StackOverflow has been going for quite some time now and you still see people being berated for posting in the 'wrong' place, although it may be more confusing over there as they do have a multitude of sites (StackOverflow, ServerFault, MetaStackOverflow, SuperUser,..)

I am a user of StackOverflow, but must agree with what others have said here about the lack of community feel - SO users are interested in gaining rep, SSC users seem more interested in helping people.

Guess will have to see how this pans out....


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just been browsing around and this question jumped out at me as a typical type of question that does not fit with this type of format that 'rewards' the right answer.
RBarryYoung - not criticizing you per se, as I've seen that you are trying to raise some momentum here!

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answered Oct 10, 2009 at 11:58 AM

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Hopefully, having different ways of asking a question will encourage more people to find SSC and get the help that they need.
Oct 10, 2009 at 02:08 PM Melvyn Harbour 1 ♦♦
Kev: No problem, and you're exactly right. my SQL 2000 question is exactly the kind of thing that typically would get turned into a Community Wiki once the site is more active (and then we would also lose any points that we got from it). And yes, I put it out there primarily as another way to spread some points around, you need at least a dozen active members with 50 or more pooints before it an SO site starts to work right. (I couldn't reply
Oct 12, 2009 at 10:23 PM RBarryYoung
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As an active user on SO, I like this format!

Grant Fritchey mentioned that he didn't see how the voting up/down corresponded to correct (or quality) answers. As the site attracts experts (such as Grant), these people tend to get more votes (from the other experts) and things kinda work themselves out. Though I'm not suggesting that a high reputation is a single indicator of a person's knowledge or expertise.

One thing that StackOverflow does: when you sign up for one of the SO sister sites (such as serverfault.com), if your reputation is 'high enough', you immediately get 100 reputation points. This makes 'seeding' a new SO-based site easier.

SO does have it's shortcomings, and improvements/changes are made from time to time. Will you be 'shadowing' these changes, or was this a 'one-off' software licensing?

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answered Oct 10, 2009 at 11:09 PM

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The program of using their software is still in beta, so we should get updates to the platform alongside them I believe.
Oct 11, 2009 at 05:06 AM Melvyn Harbour 1 ♦♦
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One thing that I think we're quite aware of is that many SQL Server questions don't have a straightforward answer, and do require discussion. So 'how do I make my query faster' probably hasn't got an answer, as such!

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answered Oct 09, 2009 at 12:52 PM

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I posted something similar on "The Thread" on the existing SSC forums. The thing that, in my opinion, SSC from other forum sites is that it really is more like a community than just a place to ask a question. So while I like some of the features (voting, reputation, tags) in the StackOverflow model, I don't see the community there. I don't know if it is the people posting or the model that causes that. So I guess we'll see.

Mel, is there a plan for integrating it with the existing SSC site so you don't have to maintain 2 accounts/profiles?

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answered Oct 09, 2009 at 01:01 PM

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Yes, we're going to be looking into this. This part of the site is very much still a work in progress. See here for some more discussion of that question: http://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/14/existing-ssc-accounts
Oct 09, 2009 at 01:04 PM Melvyn Harbour 1 ♦♦
Thanks Mel, I actually started the other thread as well, but never got an email regarding any of the responses on that thread. Or this one either. Should I have received email notifications?
Oct 09, 2009 at 06:08 PM Jack Corbett
Jack, I've asked this question over on meta.stackoverflow before now, and the answer I got is that you will only receive email notifications after you have been inactive on the site for a short period. Presumably the assumption is that by logging back in before that period has elapsed, you will likely find the responses yourself.
Oct 11, 2009 at 07:15 AM Ben Adderson ♦♦
Thanks Ben. I have to say that I think that is a poor assumption. I haven't found notification of an answer to my post intuitive.
Oct 12, 2009 at 01:26 PM Jack Corbett
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