To me, one of the most important differences is pace.
In StackOverflow, threads seem to have a half life of about an hour, whereas on perlmonks, this seems to be about a day or so, longer if your question gets front paged.
If you are asking questions on SO you can expect quick turn-around. But you also need to be prepared to put the work in over this time, checking every few minutes. If anyone asks for more information and you don't respond, your thread will quickly go cold.
With perlmonks, things are a little less hectic. You still need to monitor your thread, but every hour or two is fine. In return you can expect more in-depth answers. Also you can expect an answer from anyone who logs in on that day and has something to add.
With SO its whoever happens to be online in about the hour or two after you've asked the question.
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