Sure, sure, sure... we've all found various answers on Stack Overflow for this and that - but mainly via Google Search. However, over the last few years, it's become over-moderated with almost any result either being a debate or cut short. Having dedicated time to answering questions, many contributors even found themselves banned from six months of asking questions themselves if a few were never answered.
I dislike the feel of something like that and consider it a toxic environment - where questions should be asked, friendly debates should be had, and the experience of others should focus on positive growth as opposed to having the doors slammed shut on you during a conversation.
Social Media, as a whole, has a habit of taking the personality away from the user. You either become part of them, or you don't exist.
Hashnode seems different.
As far as I know, it's a small team, working to create a profitable business model off the love of what they do. And, lucky for me, they do the two things that I enjoy most outside of my friends and family... design and development, which arguably are similar to an inseparable couple.
Those two industries have become the most exploited over the years - but that's because they've become more than important. In an uncompromising age of technological growth - they've become necessary.
I feel Hashnode fills that neutral zone between over advertised "social veils" and a true community that looks and feels as current trends dictate. My personal opinion, for now, is that it takes the good and discards the bad.
Reminiscent of the old community forums and discussion groups, it's basically an enhanced version with a few things that helps remind it's users that their finger is on the pulse of our industry. It asks for your Stories and Links - and sure, that can be considered free content aggregation - but the AMAs have been outstanding so far, and there seems to be an overall goal of accomplishing something they feel they would like to see delivered to the end-user with the intention of positive growth.
Even though I look at many things through a magnifying glass (or, in fact, the modern equivalent of thick eye glasses), I've yet to see any disappointing flaws in Hashnode and look forwarding to helping it grow onward and upward through honest conversations and an ongoing interest in how it will evolve from this point on.
I love Hashnode and I also love StackExchange (not just SO, many of the other sites are great and also a bit more forgiving, FYI). I don't feel there is a fair comparison between the two at this point.
Hashnode is what I would call a "true question and answer _community _there for the users."
StackOverflow is actually an objective library in disguise as a Q&A site. In other words, StackOverflow questions are not to cater to the asker, but rather, to contribute to the overall library of knowledge on the site as a whole. The problem is, there isn't explained well and thus newbies go on there thinking they can ask questions and get answers, like the site claims. The reality is, you need to search like mad and if you have any question that has not been answered and would contribute to the overall knowledge on the site, as well as asked in a thorough manner, then your "question" stands a chance there.
If you don't believe me, check out the many questions which are answered by the asker themselves. SO is totally cool with you going on there, finding a question that nobody has answered yet, asking it, and then giving an almost academic-like answer. They love that over there. This illustrates precisely my point above.
That said though, we can't discount the power of SO because as you know, 99% of problems have already been solved and the way in which to solve them is freely available online thanks to SO. On average, the technical nature of questions on SO is also much more advanced than on this site so far. I would like to see this change a bit though, and see more technical and thought-out questions and answers here because I firmly believe that we can have a community of extremely strong technical prowess but also one where we can be friendly and sometimes even subjective with one another. Cheers.
Very true. Its so difficult to participate on SO, you need points to comment on answers, or points for your upvote to be counted.
SO and Hashnode have thus become kind of complementary for me. I come here for thoughts and inspirations. This is the human side of development. And SO I feel is the strict elder sibling who reprimands you for not knowing something and you have to prove yourself in order to play with their friends.
All that said, my learning wouldn't have been possible without SO at all. Hence it is just a go to reference place now. I do not participate there, not because I don't want to, but because they've just made it so difficult.
Kudos to the Hashnode team for making this such a wonderful place, for anyone to participate without any hesitations 👏
I just joined Hashnode because of StackOverflow. SO is a good reference, but not a good community.
I started wondering if there was a more friendly community for programmers where you could ask any kind of question. I didn't find one in the Stack Exchange, but happened on Hashnode. Hopefully Hashnode remains friendly.