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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: Stackoverflow
Date Fri, 13 May 2011 01:31:20 GMT
I guess I'd ignore the 'edit' part and avoid the issue completely.  It would also make it hard
to do as simple metadata around a plain email.

For me tagging and voting and (i forgot) the marking the question answered (thanks, Benson)
are the parts I would love.

I write some really good responses sometimes and even *I* have a hard time finding some of
my old responses in the list archive haystack.

And to avoid the "tag names can be spam" issue having so that only committers can introduce
new tags would be fine for me.  It could be a file in svn or something else equally lame but


On May 12, 2011, at 6:04 PM, Ted Dunning wrote:

> There is another factor that comes into play.  QA sites like SO also blend
> in wiki and trust mechanisms.  Thus, highly rated users can and do rewrite
> questions to be more answerable/understandable.  They can also rewrite
> answers if necessary.
> Without automated karma, the moderation function has to be granted manually
> which is a process that doesn't scale as easily and is subject to attack by
> cabals.  That way lies wikipedia's dictatorship of the editor proletariat
> and associated drop in user participation.  That is fine for a largely
> static knowledge base, but SO addresses much more dynamic topics in a way
> that engages the readership much more strongly.  Moreover, the feedback
> cycle essentially guarantees that the moderators reflect the interests of
> the voting public.
> On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM, David Blevins <>wrote:
>> Another thought.  Sometimes I wonder how hard it would be to just allow
>> tagging and voting on top of a plain mailing list emails.  A simple DB with
>> the messageId as the key for tags and vote count then a slightly fancier
>> archive view than we have now.   And hey, markdown happens to look nice as
>> plain email.  I've actually been indenting code snippets for years.
>> I admit I like getting SO points and badges but they do not factor in at
>> all when looking for the right answer.

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