Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:03 PM

View PostMartyr2, on 08 August 2012 - 04:21 PM, said:

The real problem with too many high level technical experts (like SO has) is that every single question turns out to be this convoluted and in depth discussion. The OP asks about using the StreamReader class and next thing you know everyone is talking about the finer points of IO, sectors on the disk and running benchmarks on read operations.

I think DIC strikes the right balance between technical knowledge to answer the question but brief and concise answers that solve problems.

Once in awhile we spiral into the same nonsense of getting all "geeky" on a topic, but far less than other sites and it makes it more user friendly.

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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

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I love when I do a Google search for something I'm working on and the first result is Dream.In.Code. I'll usually let out a slight, "yaaaay!" :bananaman:
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:25 PM

I had a friend of mine post on Facebook a few months back. Yes, it was a DIC answer. It made my day, especially since he doesn't frequent DIC.

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"Had a java question, googled it, clicked on first link. Should have known the answer would come from none other than Michael Levet."

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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:55 PM

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The real problem with too many high level technical experts (like SO has) is that every single question turns out to be this convoluted and in depth discussion.


You hit the nail on the head. So true.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:02 PM

View PostSkaggles, on 09 August 2012 - 01:23 AM, said:

I love when I do a Google search for something I'm working on and the first result is Dream.In.Code.


Google: Backgroundworker VB.net (That'll me then) :shuriken:

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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:53 AM

Stack Overflow Isn't Nice
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:21 AM

I couldn't really compare them apples-to-apples because they have totally different focuses, but here's my take FWIW.

When I Google for how to do something programming/software/OS-related that's not super obvious, or for help with some problem I'm having, 9/10 times I get at least one Stack Overflow post in the top 5. And one of these will usually answer my question or point me toward a resource that will. Usually these searches are for things that are not beginner-oriented. I've never experienced any type trolling, or "pompous a**es" as someone mentioned, but it's on the Internet so I'm sure it happens.

On the other hand DIC seems more beginner/learner focused, although I have seen a few advanced topics here and there. For the most part, however, it's people needing help with school projects or homework. The answers are of good quality because they are often refined and explained by numerous people who have also received help here in the past. I'm sure if I were a student DIC would come up in my Google searches more often. The attitude here is definitely helpful, but I have experienced some trolling myself, whereas I've never experienced that on Stackoverflow. I think it was more of someone marking their territory rather than some intellectual pompous a**hattery as was attributed to SO, but it bears mentioning if we're comparing.

*tldr: I'd come here for homework help and discussion and SO for answers to advanced questions.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:37 AM

I like SO as a knowledge base. I know that when I search for programming questions, SO is usually one of the top results, and I've never been steered wrong by the (upvoted) information I've found there.

On the other hand, I've never really tried to participate there. I have an account, and made a few answers, but I've never been compelled to contribute beyond that. They already have enough good contributors. Maybe I could help, but I feel like all I'd be doing is racing to try to give obvious answers first so I can get enough reputation to do anything. And that'd be a waste of my time.

SO is the better site to search against. DIC may be better at getting more personalized help.

But frankly, I find the question to be childish. A "my dad could beat up your dad" type of childish.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:47 AM

View PostCurtis Rutland, on 10 August 2012 - 11:37 AM, said:

But frankly, I find the question to be childish. A "my dad could beat up your dad" type of childish.


Yeah, well what if he could? I mean, my dad's pretty tough. I bet he could beat up your dad.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:09 AM

View Postblackcompe, on 09 August 2012 - 12:53 PM, said:



Yeah? Well we've got THE RUDEST MEMBER ON DIC here.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:32 AM

I really like SO but they are strict on there question policy.

I think they should be its what makes the site so good but thats what its for questions not comunity.

On here you can disscus code and ask questions that have no write answer.

Which I like :smile2:
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:52 PM

It's really tough to compare the two. DIC is a forum, and StackOverflow is a community-driven answer base. In my opinion, DIC has a better community and StackOverflow has better answers.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:25 PM

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..StackOverflow has better answers.


I'm not so sure about that one.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:31 PM

View PostWolfCoder, on 14 August 2012 - 12:25 AM, said:

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..StackOverflow has better answers.


I'm not so sure about that one.

Well, let me rephrase that: DIC has better answers if you're wondering about something more abstractly related to programming, while I would generally go to StackOverflow if I want a quick answer on why the fuck jQuery isn't working properly. Ya know? Most of the time the most praised StackOverflow questions are very basic but extremely common issues, whereas the most praised DIC topics warrant lots of discussion.
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Re: Question: D.I.C vs Stackoverflow

Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:33 PM

That's what I meant, when my problem is basic, Stack Overflow is usually not a helpful source. I tend to land on some random forums below them that actually have helpful answers.
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