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Is the Codidact community the same as Stack Overflow?

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I found this website because I'm tired of the hostility from the Stack Overflow community.

I'm a front end web developer.

I wonder if this website have better community than Stack Overflow.

Is this community better? Or will my questions get suppressed?

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Summary: It's different, but maybe not that different and whether it's better or worse - only the future will be able to tell.

For information about Codidact see the help center and the Codidact blog category.

The differences are mostly in the organizational structure (open source software, a charitable foundation running the hard/software, no advertisement instead donations) and maybe also in the expressed purpose (community centered).

However, the similarities are striking too in the general organization of content with questions, answers, votes, comments, tags as well as the focus on high quality content.

You did not yet mention what kind of hostility of the Stack Overflow community exactly drove you away from there or what you specifically hope to obtain here with a "better community", so I cannot currently comment on that.

I can only say that Stack Overflow is doing a lot of things right, otherwise they would not be that popular, but there is still room for improvement and I hope Codidact will be that, an improved Stack Overflow. But I also acknowledge that we all build Codidact together, so the outcome will be a collaborative effort.

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Welcome!

We certainly aim to be better. From the platform side, serving the community (not stockholders) is one of our primary goals, really our reason to exist. We expect everybody to be civil and of course don't tolerate things like personal attacks and harassment. Each community is a little different and some are stronger and more active than others, but all have people who are here because they want to help build communities here, so I hope you'll give us a try. Our Software Development community is not nearly as large as SO but has steady activity. Because it's not huge like SO, it can have broader scope; all aspects of software development are in scope there, so you don't have to guess which of twenty related communities your question belongs on.

Sometimes questions can't be answered as asked, and questions can be closed here pending edits to address those issues. What I've seen on the communities here is that people actively try to help if a question doesn't quite fit. Threaded comments make the back-and-forth that comes from trying to clarify questions easier to manage, too.

No community is perfect because communities are made of people and people are not perfect. I think ours do pretty well, though of course I'm biased. I encourage you to explore them.

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Is codidact community as same as stack overflow ?

No. Perhaps we are not doing enough to explain this, but that really should have been obvious in my opinion.

Codidact is an organization that has created open-source software for Q&A sites, and also hosts a bunch of sites. Stack Overflow (SO) is one Q&A site within the Stack Exchange (SE) network of sites. SE and Codidact are completely independent entities. SE is a for-profit organization, while Codidact is non-profit.

I found this website because I'm tired of hostility in stackoverflow community.

You are welcome here, but like everyone, you have to post good content. If you write well thought-out questions that are well-written, to the point, and asking something that can be answered with facts, then you will be fine here. If you don't, your questions will be downvoted, closed, and you will be run out of town if you persist.

We have a "be nice" policy, like SE, but in the end people will treat you like you treat them. If you respect the site rules (and by extension the existing users here) by taking the time to learn the site before posting, proofread what you write before clicking "submit", and generally realize that you are asking a bunch of people for a favor, there there will be no trouble.

Most complaints about rude treatment on SO come from people that abuse the site. Of course they aren't going to be treated well.

I wonder if this website have better community than stackoverflow.

That's not a question.

Is this community better?

Yes, by 23.7%. Seriously, what kind of answer were you expecting? This is the poster case for opinion based.

or my questions will get collapsed?

We don't "collapse" questions, and neither does SO. Like SO, we downvote and close bad questions.


Reading between the lines, my personal take on your question is that you posted some borderline or poorly written questions on SO, and got treated accordingly. Now you want to get a read on how much your style of questions will get tolerated here.

Your question here exhibits several problems. You didn't bother to understand what SO, SE, and Codidact are, or didn't care. You didn't read the rules about opinion-based questions, or didn't care. You have not bothered to learn enough about either site to find that bad questions are "downvoted" and "closed". Neither site uses a term like "collapsed". The question itself doesn't seem very logically thought out.

Using this single question here as the only data point, I believe your posts will not be well received here either. No matter where you eventually go, you need to put some effort into learning the site by reading the rules, looking thru meta, and looking at some good and bad questions as examples. Then you need to think carefully about what you are really asking, and write the question well. Read the whole question over at least once before posting.

If you do the above, you will have a good experience here and most everywhere else. If not, you will continue to get tarred and feathered wherever you go.

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