Things I hate about Stackoverflow
Stackoverflow (and other stack exchange sites) is amazing, no doubt about it, there are tons of great answers, I love it how people share their knowledge and it is a huge inspiration to expand my own knowledge. In my spare time I love to read the most voted questions and their answers of some interesting topic or tag.
However there are three main things that are quite annoying:
- Quit that job and get somewhere to do real work comments. You can see too many of these suggestions, especially on questions that are asking for some real help. By real help I mean something that cannot be easily googled, something that others that gone trough that could share with the world. People that want to improve the software they are working on or the environment they are working in deserve encouragement not suggestion to find a new job.
- Rushed answers that are just there to get some points. I don’t even need to reference this, it is in almost any question. Recipe is easy: write down few words that can’t hurt anybody but still don’t give anything to the question and if you’re lucky enough you’ll get +1 or even +2 for it.
- Momentum. For example in this question where I also shared my thoughts, IMHO an unappropriated answer has been voted up and selected. It is incomplete, very shallow, does not really answer the question and basically is just a random thought (how did it actually help the OP, I have no idea). Again this was one of the first answers, so it got the first votes up and from there it stayed in the top and probably by not-knowing what to select OP just selected the highest voted answer.
However I can see these troubles only only on StackOverflow, probably because it grew so huge. On smaller Stack Exchange sites there is no such problems, the communities there are really helpful and usually they not only drop the link, but also expand it with valuable comments.