Betabeat stopped by Stack Exchange the other day to interview the CHAOS team. We snapped some pictures of the big monitor array they have set up, including some eye popping stats on the way traffic is growing. But we didn’t want to make those public just yet, since we were invited in to visit to report another story.
But today Stack Exchange COO did an interview with founder Joel Spolsky about the big board and tipped their hat about some of these numbers. Over the last 30 days Stack Exchange has grown 40 percent, hitting more than 17 million page views on 6.3 million unique visitors. Gaming.stackexchange.com led the way, with 245 percent growth in the last month. Read More
When Stack Overflow was created in 2008 as a forum for questions about computer programming, there was no need to worry about understanding the community. Co-founders Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood had long and storied histories working in the software industry. But as the Stack Overflow blossomed into Stack Exchange, a group of more than 70 sites covering topics from photography to parenting to cooking, they found that groups of humans do not respond well to being managed by an algorithm.
Everyone knows the drill. A community springs up online, leaders naturally emerge, and their commitment earns them the right to become moderators. But over time whatever small biases these folks bring with them are amplified in the minds of new users, until the inevitable charges of fascism begin to fly and a full-on flame war breaks out.
Is it possible to find a formula for combating this decline? In a row of two desks at the far end of the Stack Exchange office, just off the ping pong table, sits the CHAOS team (Cheerful Helpful Advocates of Stack), a group of community managers who spend their days experimenting in the laboratory of human interaction. “We’re trying to derive some universal principles about how to grow a community on the internet that can govern itself and regenerate after a conflict,” said CHAOS member Abby Miller. “So far we’ve learned that there are no universal principles.” Read More
Hard to say whether it’s Quora’s confusing interface or the face that the way people use the site is still evolving, but the most buzzed-about post on the question-and-answer site today is a 914-word article that in no way resembles a question–and is filed as the only query in the “not a question” category–which addresses the future of innovation in mobile payments, titled “In Fifty Days, Payments Innovation Will Stop in Silicon Valley.” Read More
For a few years now Sasha Grey has occupied a unique niche, managing to sit atop the world of adult entertainment while also branching out to modeling, books and more mainstream films. But then two weeks ago, she officially called it quits on her Facebook page. Read More
We’ve written before about the surge in activity and funding around the Q&A space. Facebook recently redesigned it’s Question feature to be more “viral” and the product folks behind this effort have really outdone themselves. Read More
In a long thread on Stack Exchange about why the site’s speed had seen an uptick recently, co-founder Jeff Atwood dropped this interesting nugget.
Google’s search spiders crawl SE’s to index its wealth of answers at a rate of ten times per second, which is the maximum the Mountainview giant will Read More
One of the core tenets at Stack Exchange is that it doesn’t make sense to start a Q&A site unless you’ve got a critical mass of experts ready to answer queries. Now the company is using some of the $12 million it just raised to send its users to out into the real world for some continuing education.
“This is really what distinguishes us from our horizontal competitors whose names begin with Q,” says founder Joel Spolsky. “They are trying to do everything all at once. There is no possible way to get all the cartographers, or auto mechanics or any group on Quora to feel like they own a certain topic area, and to be committed to making it great.” Read More
Stack Overflow is primarily a message board where programmers can share tips and tricks and crowdsource solutions to problems they run into while coding. The name is Read More
Answer: Not at all. Q & A sites are a kind of social network and a solution to problems with the Google’s decreasingly-useful search engine. It’s a crowded space—Tech Observer has receivered press releases this week from Ask.com, ChaCha and Answers.com, the last of Read More