Facebook just launched "facebook.stackoverflow.com," a partnership with programming Q&A site Stack Overflow to support Facebook Platform developers.
The benefits from the swap are obvious. Stack Overflow has a robust reputation system, a more structured Q&A platform, and is generally easier to sift through.
"With this partnership Facebook replacing their existing forums, which, they say "worked effectively" at the beginning of Platform, and now has begun to show their age," writes Will Liu.
Here is how to get started:
"To get started, click on the Q&A link on the Support page on the Developer Site or visit facebook.stackoverflow.com. You will see a Facebook-tag filtered view of questions. To begin asking or answering questions, log in with your Facebook account by clicking on the Login button on the right-hand side or on the top banner found on a Question page:
You can also log in with your existing Stack Overflow account and add your Facebook login information to it. As you participate, you achieve more points and increase your reputation in the community.
Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you. The higher reputation you earn, the more privileges you gain on Stack Overflow. To learn more about Stack Overflow, review their mission and FAQ," explained Liu.
Stack Exchange is the parent company of Stack Overflow, which is one of a network of 60+ Q&A portals. In a blog post discussing the news, Stack Exchange Chief of Staff Alex Miller writes that this launch also marks the introduction of a new feature for the platform, which allows for the creation of custom mini-sites.
But facebook.SO isn't just a sub-domain, it's an entirely new feature set that we've been considering and working on for months. Ever since launching, we've gotten requests to start dedicated communities for niche programming topics, but we've always been hesitant to do so for fear of balkanizing the great community we already have. So we came up with a solution that provides the best of both worlds. We can now create a mini-site by selecting relevant tags (in this case, anything Facebook related) and grouping together just the content from those tags. When you visit a mini-site, you'll see only the content from those tags. Not only will you be able to see only questions related to Facebook, but the reputation on the user ranking pages will also only show reputation earned on questions tagged Facebook.