Dec. 26, 2008, 10:05 p.m.

Stack Overflow is a Time Machine

I've been using stackoverflow a bit lately, and there are definitely some smart people there. A lot of what I find reminds me of darker times, though.

For example, just about every time anything about revision control comes up, for example, people talk about how awesome this new subversion thing is.

move to svn?

I've been using DVCS for almost a decade now, so I receive the idea of moving towards subversion with a bit of shock.

There also seems to be a bit of a... n00b overflow. Some of the popular questions are really newbie. Like, what's with these arrays (and why is it worth 11,000 views)?

what's with the arrays?

Or perhaps this hot question with over 4,000 views:

the truth is out there

I've all but one of the questions I've asked answered, which is nice, but the deeper questions that seem more interesting don't get a whole lot of views. Most of the hottest questions are really fluffy.

It's still a good resource, but you've gotta work a bit to keep it from being a frustrating time sink.

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