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Stack Overflow is a site where programmers get help in issues regarding programming in general, working in a similar way to sites like Yahoo! Answers.
Why Their Business Is Rotten
- The community is strict and atrocious, it's more like policing how should you answer a question than actually answering the question
- You will get spammed by downvotes and your questions will put on to hold if people think your question is too long to read (even when it isn't).
- They answer many stupid questions and lock many good questions.
- Too much hate on new users, new users can get mistreated and abused for being new.
- They sometimes also say things like “read documentation”, “write your own code”, “this is not how to use this site” etc... to new users.
- The system isn't great, it's possible to get over 100,000 points by just badly answering questions.
- Sometimes, the mods actually shut down questions just because they find it too difficult to answer, which contradicts the site's purpose.
- The downvote on questions are free, trolls could just downvote every single question and some users can witch-hunt others by downvoting, in fact you can downvote a question made by someone you don't like, we're not kidding.
- There are a lot of SJWs there but it's uncommon, even the chances of finding such there are rare.
- The company announced that content license was changed, by force. This was questioned as being illegal.
- One of the moderators, Monica Cellio, has apparently been fired for no good reason.
- It can be really useful at times.
- It used to be a good site where moderators and community aren't strict, probably before the early 2010s.
- A site where you answer programming problems is actually a great concept on paper, but it's executed poorly just like TheTopTens and Amino Apps.
- It is somewhat better than Yahoo! Answers.
- At least spam is rare and is quickly removed.