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You might be correct that we don't need another outlet. You are certainly
correct that existing outlets can and should be improved. But the former
sounds akin to saying "what's the value of Twitter when we have
{telephones, texting, websites, blogs}?"

StackExchange (SE) sites have a completely different incentive structure
for both asking and answering questions. I believe SE is more accessible in
the sense that it's easier to start a specific discussion and contribute to
it than in a wiki or listserv context. Wikis are actually a sub-feature of
SE. Topic specific chat rooms are also a sub-feature. SE is peer reviewed.
You can quickly get a sense for how knowledgeable a contributor is by his
or her reputation score which is determined in part by peer review. And the
new site will already be attached to a very popular collection of websites
(i.e., SE).

I recognize wikis offer many of these advantages. But personally -- and I
could well be a special case -- I find SE forums a bit more natural in
their use and organization.

Thanks for your thoughts. And I hope to hear more.


On Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM, John T. Maloney <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Hi - Stack Overflow is excellent as is Stack Exchange. However, IMO, for
> the
> moment, we do not need another destination for Socnet stuff. Happy to be
> vociferously overruled, but it probably makes better sense to improve
> existing stores...
> For example, did you know Socnet has a disused wiki?
> Rather than pouring on more destinations and technologies, it would be far
> more prudent to correct Wikipedia. For example, according to Wikipedia, did
> you know Facebook invented the social graph?
> Hopefully, some clever and passionate Sunbelters will gather in St. Peter
> to
> examine and propose an strategy, architecture and roadmap for solving this
> perennial Socnet problem. If it is a proper agenda item or breakout that
> would be preferred.
> For example, I'm eager to port these data into Wikipedia or the recommended
> destination medium/a...
> Ready to help in any/every way!
> -j
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Raffaele Vacca [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:07 AM
> To: John T. Maloney
> Subject: Fwd: [SOCNET] Network Science on StackExchange
> Hi John,
> I don't know if you are familiar with the Stack Exchange family of websites
> and paid attention to this SOCNET email. Stack Exchange sites are very
> effective and useful Q&A websites contributed by the community, a sort of
> more effective version of traditional forums and listservs.
> The programming Stack Exchange website, Stack Overflow, is the most
> popular.
> If you program in R, Python, Java or any other language, Stack Overflow is
> an amazing resource where you can find answers to almost any question you
> might have. No programmer that I know does not use Stack Overflow on a
> regular basis, and I myself use it almost daily for R questions and
> answers.
> A more recent and growing case is the Stack Exchange website on statistics
> (, which I also have found very useful.
> I'm writing this because a new Stack Exchange website has recently been
> proposed for Network Science (see forwarded email). This could become a
> great resource, similar to the wiki pages we were thinking about.
> However, this website is just in its proposal stage. To be actually
> implemented by Stack Exchange it needs to reach a critical mass of users
> and
> sample questions. Please check it out and spread the word if you like it. I
> think this effort should be supported and sponsored as much as we can
> because this could become a very good tool for network researchers.
> Raffaele
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:        [SOCNET] Network Science on StackExchange
> Date:   Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:12:47 -0500
> From:   ND <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To:       ND <[log in to unmask]>
> To:     [log in to unmask]
> ***** To join INSNA, visit ***** Hi all.
> I recently noticed that Guilherme Kenji Chihaya**has proposed a new Network
> Science StackExchange <> site. Briefly,
> StackExchange is a gamified question and answer site. The Network Science
> proposal site must go through a number of phases to become a full fledged Q
> and A site. If you appreciate the value of StackExchange, and the value
> such
> a new site might have for network science, please drop by and play a role
> in
> getting it through the proposal process.
> The current requirements to get through the "Definition" phase are 40 more
> followers and 40 total sample questions with at least 10 "upvotes."
> The idea is to decide as a group what we think this site should be focused
> on by voting which questions we think are good. So ask and cast some votes.
> For what it's worth, I have no role in this proposal other than a follower
> who has supplied one sample question. Thanks for reading, and for great
> discussion in general over the years.
> -Nate
> -----
> Nathan Doogan
> Doctoral Candidate--Social Work
> The Ohio State University

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