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Albert D. Kallal
I don't get why there needs to be a separate thing for Server and Systems admin. Why can't all those questions and answers be part of Stack Overflow? Isn't SF just going to dilute and confuse SO? Will people asking a server question get told to go to the other site?
Because having one FAQ site for both programmers and admins is like having one site for both conductors and musicians. Or one site for both motorcycle riders and automobile drivers. Or one site for both brain surgeons and podiatrists.
In each case, the only commonality is the general "subject" and while some of the techniques of brain surgery may bleed over into foot doctoring, the vast majority of automobile drivers really don't want to discuss whether a BMW motorcycle is better than a Harley.
Here's an example of when developers start asking and answering systems questions:
Most sys admins just aren't going to get good answers from Stack Overflow when the site is dominated by developers. The reverse is true too.
The basic issue is one of community.
CodingHorror and JoS already have built-up a community of programmers, and so they were easy to attract to Stack Overflow and get critical mass. This meant both word-of-mouth advertising to get to coders who don't frequent CodingHorror or JoS, as well as getting highly ranked on Google.
However, the community of System Administrators is not the same. And because Atwood only knows programmers, he was not able to find enough system administrators to get the site critical mass immediately. (He mentioned that the SysAdmin community is also harder to pin down and find large numbers in one place.) Instead, the cross-over of programmers will have to populate Server Fault until it shows up in Google enough to bring in actual System Administrators.
Note that Fog Creek will start hosting the Stack Overflow code so that anyone can start their own Q&A site for any particular community.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Actually - the idea for a DBA-specific site is a good one, though unlike a lot of the programming-specific competition Jeff would be in for some high-quality competition. There quite a few very good DBA resources out there. Also it seems like within a specific platform DBA all need roughly the same skills so some of the individual DB sites are very good as well.
Monday, June 01, 2009
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