Listen to Your Community, But Don't Let Them Tell You What to Do

You know how interviewers love asking about your greatest weakness, or the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? These questions may sound formulaic, maybe even borderline cliche, but be careful when you answer: they are more important than they seem. So when people ask me what our biggest mistake was in building Stack Overflow I’m glad … Continue reading "Listen to Your Community, But Don't Let Them Tell You What to Do"

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Defeating SOPA and PIPA Isn't Enough

SOPA and PIPA are two pieces of proposed legislation designed to “stop” Internet piracy… in the most hamfisted way imaginable. As Mitchell Baker explains: Assume there’s a corner store in your neighborhood that rents movies. But the movie industry believes that some or even all of the videos in that store are unauthorized copies, so … Continue reading "Defeating SOPA and PIPA Isn't Enough"

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Building Social Software for the Anti-Social

In November, I delivered the keynote presentation at Øredev 2011. It was the second and probably final presentation in the series I call Building Social Software for the Anti-Social. I’ve spent almost four years thinking about the Q&A format, and these two presentations are the culmination of that line of thought. In them I present … Continue reading "Building Social Software for the Anti-Social"

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