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Network Engineering Q&A Site Launched

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the finding-answers dept.

Technology 29

Hamburg writes "Stack Exchange launched a new site for network engineers. It's in question and answer style, content is tagged for filtering and subscribing to topics. A voting system supports quality of posts, leading to so called reputation scores which determine moderation capabilities of the users. It's now 18 days in beta, at this early stage users decide which way it will go, from quality and kind of contributions up to the future design of the site. People there discuss mainly professional subjects such as the best dual-provider design for the enterprise, when to choose fiber instead of copper cabling, and efficient ways for troubleshooting switching loops."

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It's as simple as this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828155)

I like my milkshakes served up in a paper cup, not some fucking plastic cup with a domed plastic lid. And don't ask about if I want whipped cream and a cherry because even when I say no you still put it there anyway. What happened to the good old days of common sense and customer service?

Really? "Engineering" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828243)

Building and keeping a configuration database tidy hardly seems like engineering to me.

Re:Really? "Engineering" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828255)

I'm a Sandwich Engineer at Subway!

Re:Really? "Engineering" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828663)

US English meaning of the word is not the same as the European. Are you by any chance European..?

Re:Really? "Engineering" (0)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#43828711)

US English meaning of the word is not the same as the European. Are you by any chance European..?

what's the us meaning then? just the guy who keeps the engine running?

Stack exchange launch... another subsite (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828257)

With a set of features identical to all their other subsites, and, in common with all their other subsites, only slightly different CSS.

Has the submitter not used Stack Exchange sites before?

Re:Stack exchange launch... another subsite (1, Informative)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43829213)

It's a slashvertizement. Real news for nerds would have mentioned the opening of the D&D questions site, but instead we get some boring corporate network crap because those guys are the ones who can pay to market it.

Re:Stack exchange launch... another subsite (2)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about a year ago | (#43831309)

only slightly different CSS

Not only. If you take the math.stackexchange.com [stackexchange.com] you see that they put an extra effort to have mathematical equations displayed properly on the site.

Q&A site launched (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828271)

That's a informative article, thanks /.. I did a video explaining how this site works : Q&A Site [youtube.com]

Re:Q&A site launched (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828349)

I thought black people could dance.

good (-1)

remas100 (2932717) | about a year ago | (#43828433)

[nile7.com]

Re:good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828557)

Was it not more then two days ago i seen some where that the "Network engineer" was going the way of the dodo. This site seem to be no more then a user created data base that will be used to eliminate jobs in the field of "Networking professional". Why not create some thing like this for rules of "Law" with possible procedures for each state.

ah yes (1)

mjwalshe (1680392) | about a year ago | (#43828857)

the story that conflated setting a little exchange sever with designing a FTS100 companys network

Re:good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828909)

Because it would be rejected as too localized ( US only )

Best part: no logging in (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828629)

The subject line doesn't really need elaboration. Registration and logging in is a hindrance and adds no value to the content.

But FWIW, the cult of personality will also decrease and advertisers' peckers will shrivel from lack of identities to cross-correlate, which can only be a good thing.

Not what it used to be (2)

reiserifick (2616539) | about a year ago | (#43828705)

I really dislike StackOverflow now because very useful questions are discouraged, simply because they are open ended. I've been on SA since it was in closed beta, and I really do miss the discussion-oriented questions and answers that used to be the norm, rather than the exception.

Re:Not what it used to be (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43828961)

Stackoverflow is turning into Wikipedia. There are a lot of dickheads there who care for nothing but the process.

You mention open-ended questions. Lots of open-ended questions from the early days have been recently closed because "it might lead to extended discussion and other bad things yada, yada, yada". Except in the four years the question was there none of these bad things happened. So why close it now? Oh yeah, because rules and processes matter more than having useful answers to useful questions.

Re:Not what it used to be (2)

aybiss (876862) | about a year ago | (#43829067)

Yep, I closed my account there. This new site will simply be a replication of any router manuals you may have laying around. It will deliberately go out of its way to discourage any form of discussion or even the documenting of useful general techniques, because it will be too 'open ended'.

I hate SO with a passion and I used to enjoy it a lot. Good luck to them with the new arm though.

Re:Not what it used to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43829685)

Stackoverflow is turning into Wikipedia. There are a lot of dickheads there who care for nothing but the process.

Because the process is what leads to good, concise answers. It's what makes stackexchange a good site rather than a heap of shit like expertsexchange.

some sites have more problems than others, but generally SE is a really good reference due to the high quality content there.

Re:Not what it used to be (2)

hedronist (233240) | about a year ago | (#43829935)

Ah. We seem to have a StackExchange Moderator in our midst.

I note that, just like the mods that delete 4 year-old, highly viewed/rated posts, this one chooses to act as an AC.

Re:Not what it used to be (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43830003)

I'm not anywhere near being a SE moderator, and quite frankly I wouldn't want to given the work it involves. I'm just a user who appreciates the quality of the answers. Not everyone has an agenda, stop being so stupidly paranoid.

Re: Not what it used to be (1)

CodeReign (2426810) | about a year ago | (#43829847)

The obvious question beccons: "where is the replacement".

I've certainly seen this trend and been filled with rage and anger after a great/helpful question was closed for being open ended. I believe it had 4 possible resolutions based on my knowledge of the subject matter and I would have loved to have seen those 4 answers posted.

Re:Not what it used to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43829593)

i thought they created site running on their platform just for those?

Re:Not what it used to be (1)

hedronist (233240) | about a year ago | (#43829927)

Agreed. I haven't closed my account, but I stopped contributing months ago.

Some of the well-asked open ended questions led to answers that were useful and thought provoking. Now it's turned into "How do I add 2+2 in <insert language>?".

Re:Not what it used to be (1)

citizenr (871508) | about a year ago | (#43830247)

Maybe they are grooming it to become a source fo AI learning material. Next Watson's knowledge repository? :D

Why dont they just add "discussion" tag to some posts and leave them open ended?

StackOverflow vs Programmers (3, Informative)

Frankie70 (803801) | about a year ago | (#43830393)

I really dislike StackOverflow now because very useful questions are discouraged, simply because they are open ended.

The place for open ended question is not SO. [stackexchange.com]

How to choose between SO and Programmers - http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/82988/choosing-between-stack-overflow-and-programmers-stack-exchange [stackoverflow.com]

If it is related to coding, it should be on Stack Overflow.

If it's related to higher level programming concepts or is conceptual (but still related to programming), it should be on Programmers.

Rule of thumb: if you're sitting in front of your IDE, ask it on Stack Overflow. If you're standing in front of a whiteboard, ask it on Programmers.

Re:Not what it used to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43830659)

Not only do they close those questions, but sometimes they even delete them. Sometimes you can do a Google search and find a closed question on SO where useful answers were submitted before the question was closed. But I've favorited some of those questions and tried going back to them later only to find out they were deleted after I favorited them.

I thought I disabled advertising. (1)

JimtownKelly (634785) | about a year ago | (#43830163)

Isn't Slashdot already a Q&A site for network engineers and others?

meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43830213)

ah stackexchange, where the self important spend more time discussing whether the question is valid or not instead of just bloody answering it and moving on.

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