Stack Overflow is bringing gamification to the sometimes dreary labor of software documentation. On Thursday, the company launched Documentation, a new service that aims to document the workings of every software program not behind corporate firewalls.
Since its launch in 2008, Stack Overflow has become a wildly popular site for community-driven Q&As, amassing a content base of over 10 million entries that answer pretty much every conceivable question programmers might have about whatever languages or technologies they are using. This new product is the largest expansion the company has taken to date. Documentation, now in beta, is built on the same construct; Stack Overflow is asking the developer community to share examples of processes they use regularly.
Most software documentation is all telling and not showing, said Jay Hanlon, vice president of community for Stack Overflow. We’re asking the community to upload examples of how to make the software work…
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