What Stack Overflow and Go have in common

Clipperhouse

I’ve been working at Stack for over three years now, and over the last six months or so I’ve been doing playing with a programming language called Go. Both are highly regarded and, for many, controversial, and I’ve realized what they have in common.

Stack Overflow and Go are both optimized for artifacts. Which is to say, their goal is to create good outcomes that last a long time. Note that this is not the same as optimizing for the pleasure of their users.

Stack users are sometimes frustrated the strictness of our policies, especially regarding the relevance and objectivity of questions. Go users often gripe about the need to constantly be handling errors at their source — bubbling and catching exceptions is just not a thing.

What both of these design choices have in common is that they help to ensure that what comes out the other side is…

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