The one thing that I see as a drawback to S.O. is its lack of the sort of interactivity experienced here at PerlMonks. You have a question, you look the answers here, understand what you could and then maybe post a question asking further clarification and you'd find many springing up to assist, help, guide, provide links and encouragement, giving you different facets and scenarios of the problem that you could not probably see. Such insights would help someone to think like a programmer in the long run if they're committed to the cause. I haven't experienced stackoverflow except a couple of occassions and I haven't felt that sort of capturing spirit in there because it was just like someone was mechanically providing "idealized
" answers without seeming to care for your level of experience while here at PerlMonks bridges are extended beyond a question/response relationship because everybody sees everybody else every day and they speak together. So Perl Monks is lively like the "The hood
" but stackoverflow is formal like a "a Ticketing Vendor
With this said, the fact that both places are part of a bigger society is what matters because if you want you can make use of PerlMonks and S.O. at the same time and not think of which one is better than the other one but probably think that they both are complementary. Though, personally I feel audience wise PerlMonks rules hands down.
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