I'd like to call everybody's attention to a recent Stack Overflow blog post by Joel Spolsky, the CEO of the StackExchange Network. In it, he explicitly encourages a more blog-like approach to using the sites:

What’s that “Blog” circle supposed to be about, you ask? WHERE’S THE BLOGGING?

Since Stack Overflow launched, we’ve been trying to explain that it’s not just a Q&A platform: it’s also a place where you can publish things that you’ve learned: recipes, FAQs, HOWTOs, walkthroughs, and even bits of product documentation, as long you format it as a question and answer.

As Jeff wrote:

  • if you have a question that you already know the answer to
  • if you’d like to document it in public so others (including yourself) can find it later
  • it is OK to ask, and answer, your own question on a relevant Stack Exchange site.

So please, go for it. If you have any questions, leave an 'answer' or comment on this post or find us in the scicomp chat room.

Note: I'm breaking the Q&A format because I think it's pretty silly to keep it up in an announcement meta post.

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    $\begingroup$ Don't worry about breaking the Q&A format for announcements. There's precedent for moderator-types to do so. For instance, see a post by Aarthi: Moderator Pro Tem Announcement $\endgroup$ Jun 10, 2012 at 21:24


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