Saturday 24 January 2009

I like but...

StackOverflow is a programming Q & A site that's free to directly copy a line from their "About" page.

But it makes me feel... Inadequate.

But asking and answering questions, other users can vote you up or down to earn (or lose) reputation points.

I have my moments of trolling the site looking for questions I can answer to gain a little rep but I find it a struggle.

How do people manage to devote so much time to gaining so much reputation measured in the thousands?

Is there some trick involved?

I do find the site invaluable for finding the answers for problems I have be stuck with but I sometimes it doesn't come through for me.

I had one particularly nasty problem that I'd keep bumping into for some strange reason.

I have an ASP.NET TreeView control on the page, the user selects a node. How can I tell if the user clicks the selected node again? No event was triggered for clicking the selected node, only for when a non-selected node was clicked.

I couldn't get a satisfactory answer so I updated the post to state that I'd look to develop a solution when I had the time.

In the meantime, my question seems to be getting a significant number of views. Nobody seems to be attempting and answers and nobody seems to be voting.

Eventually I did find the time and I thought I'd find a reasonably good solution. I promptly submitted the solution as an anwser to my own question.

The trouble now is how to get my answer at the top of the list? With the number of views my question has had, surely people are interested in the answer? Is there a reason for not voting up my solution? Is my solution really that bad that they couldn't even be bothered to vote my solution down?!

Maybe it's just me.

I just can't help but get concerned that my solution gets no recognition.

Maybe I should start trolling for some simple questions again... Don't I have something even vaguely more interesting to do?


Just as a side note, when looking at my stats for the question I posted, it seems to show "2k" as the number of views.

But when I select the question, it then states the question has been viewed 1,887 times.

I am pretty sure the 2k does not equal 1887 or even approximate it all that closely.

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