WTD Episode 8: Stack Overflow's Documentation Failure and Open Source Challenges
- Recorded Aug 22, 2017
- Length: 50:40
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In this episode, we’re joined by Beth Aitman to talk about what happened with the Stack Overflow Documentation Beta. What did Stack Overflow try to do with documentation, and why did they abandon the effort? Why did their effort to crowdsource docs fail but succeed so well with forums and niche content? Additionally, we discuss the difficulties of creating good documentation with open source projects. A recent survey found that incomplete or outdated documentation is the number one issue with open source projects. Why? What makes it so difficult to create documentation on an open source project?
Links mentioned during the podcast:
- Sunsetting Documentation
- Thoughts on Stack Overflow’s Documentation beta
- Why Stack Overflow’s Documentation effort failed – a few thoughts from a technical writer’s perspective
- Free software is suffering because coders don’t know how to write documentation
- Open Source Survey
- Why do people answer questions on Stack Overflow?