It is a disappointment in some respects that Stack Overflow uses proprietary software (not
least because it is so wonderful) but in all other respects, as a community, they do a
great job. I have had wonderful experiences with them and I would urge anyone to get
Whether their software is proprietary or not, their values and work is every bit as
honourable as Wikimedia's. Sure, they do things slightly differently — but that
doesn't mean they do things wrong.
There's no need to re-invent the wheel. If there's a bunch of cool people doings
this already (and doing it better than anyone else I can see) then get behind them. Good
people deserve the support of other good people. There's no need to see eye-to-eye on
everything or to do everything on you own. There's plenty of work to be done and we
can share the burden by simply respecting each others work.
On 21 Jul 2011, at 22:21, Thomas Morton wrote:
Is it really
that much load on Wikimedia sysops to install a (very simple)
script like OSQA? For the value added it would pay itself quickly off. But
this goes down to resource allocations and innovation potential at the
Foundation, which I can not understand most of the time...
It's simpler than that in my mind... other people do Q&A much better, why
bother with the hassle :)
That's just my 2p; I think self hosting is a bad idea from both a community
and business perspective, but I won't belabour the point :)
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