Jeff Attwood - "Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange: Programming the Programmers"

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We didn’t set out to make participation a game in 2008, but when we considered what we wanted users to do that was constructive not just for themselves, but for the greater community, the game mechanics that programmers know and love came immediately to mind.

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Jeff Attwood - "Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange: Programming the Programmers"

  1. 1. Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange: Programming the Programmers Jeff Atwood stackoverflow.com stackexchange.com codinghorror.com
  2. 2. Reputation always comes from your peers
  3. 3. Never from “the system” Never from repetition Time invested ≠ skill
  4. 4. New users can’t vote until others have voted for them.
  5. 5. Give real power to the community. It scales. You don’t.
  6. 6. “The Game” is people teaching(and learning from) each other
  7. 7. Game elements should alwaysexist in service of a higher purpose
  8. 8. So… what’s your higher purpose?How are you making it easier for your community to help eachother and learn from each other?

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