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Discussion on: When Stack Overflow Goes Offline...

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Vincent Grovestine

You forgot "Gross indifference".

Not that Stack Overflow and assorted Stack Exchanges aren't useful, but whatever happened to stretching one's brain and hitting sources of official documentation? Or is this just me being an old curmudgeon? #GetOffMyLawn


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I'll join you on that. #RTFM

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leob • Edited

RTM is noble but it just takes way more time than relying on others who've already RTM for me ... yes call it lazy but I call SO my biggest productivity boost ;-)

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🦄N B🛡 • Edited

What if I want to rely on others to Read The StackOverflow for me?

Maybe a platform could summarize and pre-digest what those others write?

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leob • Edited

I've seen many examples of that, websites trying to "distill" and regurgitate the knowledge from Stackoverflow, and it's worse than useless ... it's always outdated, you're missing the context, you get a ton of annoying ads (people running those 'platforms' need to make money somehow), it's polluting my Google search results ... waste of time.

Ten times better to get the info straight from the horse's mouth, that is, Stackoverflow. And github issues often contain nuggets of gold.

Websites trying to aggregate or 'improve' info which they've sourced from authoritative sources only make things worse. It reminds me of the shadowy world of the numerous Wikipedia clones/rip-offs which often don't do much more than scrape info literally from Wikipedia and add a ton of ads to it. I've come across those websites, pointless and an utter waste of time.