- Stackoverflow was an answer to Experts-exchange. Experts-Exchange had lots of cool stuff, but it was stuck behind a paywall. Slightly frustrating when google returns enticing results, only to not be able to see the answers. I can vouch for that. I actually used to use free points and stuff I’d scrounged to find answers off of it. Never paid for it though 🙂 And yet Stackoverflow and derivatives seem to be very commercially successful.
Everybody wants a law named after themselves. It’s human nature. So here we go – Atwoods law:
Of course, this XKCD cartoon on native apps is very appropriate, although I like it better from a usability antipattern example:
Jeff was looking to scratch an itch not scratched by StackExchange.
- Stack exchange is optimized for learning, not hanging out.
- Discourse is designed to allow conversation. Open source forum sw. He calls it a “discussion platform”.
- Node.js was definitely a front-runner, but for him the show-stopper was that Node lacks packaging. Jeff really likes Ember.js for the client side.