If StackOverflow didn't exist, we'd have less programmers, more available jobs, less "experienced" developers and more time to think for ourselves.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, it'd be easier to get a job as a developer, and we'd have more high-quality software floating around.

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    yeah, but I wouldn't be able to ̶d̶̶o̶ learn anything
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    Hmmm.... I'm not so sure. When I started out, the main source of material for bug fixing was a collection of books.

    Software wasn't much better, it just took longer to produce, crap or otherwise :)
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    *fewer, not less.

    Without programmers creating innovation and showing the industry how it's done, people would still be happily using paper, phones, faxes, cubicle farms, etc.

    Over 500 years have passed since the human civilization understood that knowledge does not come from within, and is a product of interaction with the outside world. That realization caused an explosion in science and technology, the likes of which have never existed in the entire 150 000 years of the existence of Homo Sapiens. Yet here you are, stating that thinking for ourselves is better than thinking as a community.

    Without open development communities like SO, programmers would have had their own shitty way of solving common problems, and people would be busy inventing wheels.

    The epitome of hubris is to believe that you are better than the entire community.
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    P. S.

    "it'd be easier to get a job as a developer"

    I don't know about you, but I get spammed by job offers, from recruiters (I know it doesn't count) and HR departments and CTOs, every single day. Last time I was out of a job (company went bust) I didn't manage to have even 1 day of vacation in between.

    From all of this bullshit about how SO is mean to you, how SO is bad, how everyone is bad, how because of SO it's hard to find a job, etc...

    ... has it ever occurred to you that maybe you suck?
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    The sharing of knowledge (stackoverflow included) is what has allowed software development to create good standards and to create a much higher skilled workforce..

    By banning or implying they shouldn't exist it's like denying that a lot of what you learnt and will learn has come from those willing to share. Stackoverflow is just one vector with which knowledge can he shared. It benefits us all if used properly.

    Though I won't defend it's culture I will say we are better of partly in thanks to it and it's sibling sites.
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    Exactly this mindset is what modern society is trying to get rid off.

    The problem is the fact that not sharing your information (therefore keeping supply low) yields you the most profit.

    Sharing your knowledge with the world will increase supply and by doing so you will be worth less. (financially)

    People/profits, left/right, light/dark, good/bad whatever you want to call it.

    Interesting discussion tho
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    @BashouT I have learners very little from stack overflow and its sister sites. Most of my self-taught knowledge has come from experimentation and reading specifications and documentation.
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    Eventually somebody would've thought of a better "forum" version. SO is not about solutions, but rather "constructive" discussions in the form of q&a. Guess it's up to the user to use as appropriate
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    @AndSoWeCode I knew you'd take the bait 😂
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    @rEaL-jAsE everyone else also "took the bait"? It's always someone else. Someone else is stupid, someone else doesn't understand or speak clearly. Just not you - the guy who pretty much complained that it's hard to get a job as a developer.

    The sooner you see how shitty you act, the sooner your problems will just disappear into thin air.
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    @AndSoWeCode You don't know what you are talking about. You deserve your ignorance.
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    @rEaL-jAsE and I imagine a lot of that documentation and the ideas that led to the development of those framework has come from places like stackoverflow where a problem is identified in an existing way of doing things.

    The sharing of knowledge is critical and stackoverflow is just another method of sharing knowledge... Albeit one you may not have used (nor I) to a great extent.
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