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I am Jeff Atwood, co-founder of Stack Overflow and Discourse. Ask me anything!

Started on February 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Hey Hashnode community, 👋

I am Jeff Atwood. I created Stack Overflow in 2008 which ultimately became the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. After leaving SO in 2012, I started working on Discourse, an open source forum software.

I will be answering your questions live on Friday, March 1st, 2 PM EST / 19:00 GMT.

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What advice do you have for developers who are trying to start a business? 🙂

Read marketing books! They're actually quite good

blog.codinghorror.com/the-one-thing-every-s..

Alongside that, cultivate the skill of asking for money, because your product is great, and worth it.

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OK Thanks everyone for their questions, and also thanks to hashnode for hosting this Q&A!

See you on Stack Overflow.. or any Discourse instance ;)

discourse.org

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Hi Jeff, Thanks for hosting the AMA. Joel and you have been an inspiration in my career. Thanks for building Stack Overflow and changing the global developers' community.

What are your few takeaways from building Stack Overflow and Discourse?

Primarily, complaint driven development and building alongside/with your community!

blog.codinghorror.com/listen-to-your-commun..

blog.codinghorror.com/complaint-driven-deve..

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Hi Jeff, I am so happy to see you on Hashnode.

What do you have to say about the controversies around Stack Overflow not being a friendly place anymore? Do you think SO did a few things wrong or incorrectly? Where should they improve in 2019.

Thanks for the AMA. 🍺

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This was a great explanation and article. When I was new, I ran into the typical newbie sentiment of "F StackOverflow" for a couple months til I realized that the PURPOSE and INTENTION of SO is more of a wiki or encyclopedia-style reference, it's not really about end-user questions and answers.... This forever changed my view and in fact I believe I wrote about it in a post here at Hashnode a year or two ago.

It makes me cringe when people slam SO super hard because I know that it is just a simple misunderstanding. The site has worked itself into a situation where it attracts newbies by default (due to google) but it's a misalignment in intended audience which then brews frustration. Jeff I'm very happy you addressed this question so thoroughly.

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Of all the predictions you've made over the years, which do you think you've been the most wrong about and what lead you to make that prediction?

I used to think netbooks were gonna be big :(

Turns out, it was phablets instead!

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