Episode 26

Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky

52 minutes, 24.1mb, recorded 2008-10-14
Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky

This is the twenty-sixth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff answer five listener questions, mostly about social software design. Warning: this podcast features cowbell. Really.

  • Christopher Leary: "Any thoughts on the general design of karma and rep systems based on your experience building one for Stack Overflow?"
  • Michael L Perry: "What about a system where votes by people who have more reputation count more?"
  • Jeff Metzner: "If I post personal anecdotes as an answer to a question, is it reasonable for other users to edit that?"
  • Anonymous: "Why can't we ask IT questions? What about a sister site like Stack Overflow but for IT questions?"
  • Miles Dennis: "For a cost-conscious startup, where do you see the balance between taking inexperienced staff that costs less, versus experienced staff that costs more?"

If you'd like to submit a question to be answered in our next episode, record an audio file (90 seconds or less) and mail it to podcast@stackoverflow.com. You can record a question using nothing but a telephone and a web browser. We also have a dedicated phone number you can call to leave audio questions at 646-826-3879.

When calling the audio phone number, be sure to leave your name, so we can properly cite you when we answer your question.

The transcript wiki for this episode is available for public editing.

This free podcast is from our StackOverflow series.

For The Conversations Network:

  • Post-production audio engineer: Joel Spolsky
  • Website editor: Jeff Atwood
  • Series producer: Jeff Atwood