This is a great initiative, congrats to SharePointPodShow guys for setting this up!
What differentiates this site from MSDN Forums? or is this direct competition with MSDN?
I know there are plenty of questions out there that need answering on SharePoint to share amongst forum sites grin. Just as long as Expert Exchange just disappears of the map ;-)
One thing on my mind is that it may split the community between the two. Also a lot of people sit in the forums as a way to get noticed for MVP program and you rarely see these people on stackoverflow.com so can't see them moving to here. MSDN also has Microsoft internal guys answering questions there too.
Some one else has already mentioned that they liked answering on stackoverflow as it got the community credits up on the overall site, whereas "now we have to start from scratch". Personally I'm not bothered about that, just in terms of converting those users over too.
The reason I ask this question is so that as a community we can promote this site and direct people correctly on where they should be going for what purposes.
What are the sites goals?
Where do I think it sits?
- sharepoint focused - so no noise from other stackoverflow stuff
- MSDN forums UI has got better in the last 6 months, but the approach of voting etc in stackoverflow engine is better in my opinion
- completely open e.g. no moderation, so no "dodgy" threads being moderated (not that I've seen this in MSDN forums to be honest)
- ability to navigate by tags
- because no MVP hunting forum posters, will reduce noise of posters posting answers with fluffy answers in them
Again, great site guys, this is by no means knocking it either...just want to hear what people think of it (so no Knight style hate mail please)! We should certainly start hooking up all these SharePoint community sites like SharePointDevWiki.com, EndUserSharePoint.com, SharePointMagazine.net, SharePointPodShow.com, www.theMOSSShow.com etc. etc.