Using Stack Overflow and Other Stack Exchange Sites

This course explains how Stack Exchange sites work and how to structure your questions and answers so you get what you want from Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, or the over one hundred other sites in the network. Whether you need to solve an immediate problem, learn more about a technology, or establish yourself as an expert, knowing how the sites work is the key to getting what you want from them.
Course info
Rating
(47)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 24, 2017
Duration
6h 11m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Searching
Asking Your First Question
Managing Your Question
When Things Don't Go Smoothly
Answering Questions
Voting, Reputation, Privileges, and Other Features
Helping to Moderate
Description
Course info
Rating
(47)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 24, 2017
Duration
6h 11m
Description

For developers and administrators today, the first place to look when you're having trouble is one of the Stack Exchange sites: Stack Overflow for developers or Server Fault for administrators. There are dozens of more specialized sites too, for programming on specific platforms like Android or Raspberry Pi, for specific libraries and frameworks, or technical expertise areas like security or data. Unfortunately, many newcomers to the Stack Exchange family of sites don't get all they could from these sites because it's not obvious how they work. This course will show you what you need to know to find the answers you need for your urgent problems, build up an online reputation as a knowledgeable developer or administrator, and enjoy using this amazing resource to its fullest. It even covers how to get involved and help to run the sites you use regularly.

About the author
About the author

Kate Gregory is in her fourth decade of being paid to program. Her firm, Gregory Consulting Limited, is based in rural Ontario and helps clients adopt new technologies and adjust to the changing business environment. Current work makes heavy use of .NET and Visual C++ for both web and client development, especially for Windows 7 and 8. Managing, mentoring, technical writing, and technical speaking occupy much of her time, but she still writes code every week.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Kate Gregory, and welcome to my course, Using Stack Overflow and Other Stack Exchange Sites. I'm a consultant and mentor at Gregory Consulting. I've been a Stack Overflow user since 2009 and I have a combined reputation of almost 300, 000 points over more than 50 sites. I get a lot out of these sites. Many developers rely on Stack Overflow to solve day to day problems and annoyances. But just as many will tell you they tried it and couldn't get help or found it very unpleasant. This course is here to fix that. This course is the training you need to understand how these sites work and how to get the most out of them. For software development problems, sure, but also cooking, travel, or the minutiae of your favorite books or TV shows. Some of the major topics we'll cover include how to search, there's three different ways, and also explore similar and related content, the crucial parts of a good question, knowing when and how to answer, using the moderator powers you gain as you earn reputation, and the mechanics and rules that are common to all the stack exchange sites. By the end of this course, you'll know how to ask and answer questions effectively so you solve your problems and meet your goals. Before we get in the course, you just need to be familiar with browsing the web. You don't need to have used any stack exchange sites and you don't need technical knowledge about a particular language or platform. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to get the most of this powerful collaboration of questions and answers with the Using Stack Overflow and Other Stack Exchange Sites course at Pluralsight.

Searching
Hi. Welcome to using Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange Sites. My name is Kate Gregory, and I'm going to show you how to make the best use of the Stack Exchange family of websites, including Stack Overflow and hundreds of others. Developers all over the world use Stack Overflow to get quick answers to problems that they're facing. But many developers kind of run into a wall when they start to use these sites. They don't know how they work. I want to show you how they work, they all work the same way, so that you can use them for maximum productivity.

Asking Your First Question
Hi, welcome back to using Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites. My name is Kate Gregory and I'm going to show you how to make the best use of the Stack Exchange family of websites, including Stack Overflow. In this module, you'll learn how to register for an account on a Stack Exchange site, and how to ask a good question, one that's likely to get you the answers you need. You'll also get an introduction to the badge system, and an understanding of what kind of questions can't be asked on one of these sites.

Managing Your Question
Hi. Welcome back to using Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites. My name is Kate Gregory, and I'm going to show you how to make the best use of the Stack Exchange family of websites, including Stack Overflow. In this module, you'll see what can happen to a question after you ask it. You'll see how to edit, comment, and respond to comments as well as how the community will shape questions to make them more answerable.

When Things Don't Go Smoothly
Hi. Welcome back to using Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites. My name is Kate Gregory, and I'm going to show you how to make the best use of the Stack Exchange family of websites, including Stack Overflow. In this module, you'll meet some of the less fun aspects of asking a question on the Stack Exchange network. It's great to get an answer to your question, and it's no problem to get a comment that ask for more details, and then you edit the question with those details. But not all the ways other people interact with your question are pleasant. If you've been following my advice so far, you may never get the less pleasant interactions, but there are no guarantees. How you react is crucial. After all, what you want is an answer to your question. I'm going to show you how to handle these bumps on the road.

Answering Questions
Hi, welcome back to using stack overflow and other stack exchange sites. My name is Kate Gregory and I'm going to show you how to make the best use of the stack exchange family websites including Stack overflow. In this module, it's time to answer some questions. Writing great answers can earn you reputation, both in number on a stack exchange site and the real-world reputation of being known as someone who is capable and generous.

Voting, Reputation, Privileges, and Other Features
Hi, welcome back to using Stack Overflow and other stack exchange sites. My name is Kate Gregory and I'm going to show you how to make the best use of the stack exchange family websites, including Stack Overflow. In this module, I'll fill in the details about how to earn reputation on stack exchange sites, and why people might want to earn reputation anyway. I'll show you more of the mechanics of the sites and how regular users who become familiar with each site are the ones who do the bulk of the work to keep it useful and focused on high quality questions and answers.

Helping to Moderate
Hi, welcome back to Using Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange Sites. My name is Kate Gregory and I'm going to show you how to make the best use of the Stack Exchange family of websites including Stack Overflow. In this module you'll see even further behind the curtain and understand how Stack Exchange sites are run primarily by Stack Exchange users. I'll also explain what moderators do and how you can flag things for moderator attention. You'll also learn a little about the site creation process and companion sites like Meta Stack Exchange and Area 51.