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Welcome to Software Development on Codidact!

Will you help us build our independent community of developers helping developers? We're small and trying to grow. We welcome questions about all aspects of software development, from design to code to QA and more. Got questions? Got answers? Got code you'd like someone to review? Please join us.

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How can we grow this community?

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Codidact's communities have a lot of great content that is helping people on the Internet. Our communities are small, though, and sustainable communities depend on having lots of active, engaged participants. The folks already here are doing good work; our challenge is to find more people like you so we can help this community grow.

This calls for a two-pronged approach: reaching more people who would be interested if only they knew about us, and making sure that visitors get a good first impression. I'm here to ask for your help with both.

Reaching more people

The pool of people interested in software development is huge. (I don't think I need to belabor that point.) My question to you is: where do we find the right people for this community? How do we make ourselves attractive to them, among all the other sites vying for their attention? You're the experts on this topic, not us. Where would it be most fruitful to promote Codidact? How should we appeal to them to draw them in?

Please don't give general answers like "CS departments" or "GitHub". We need your expert input to decide where, specifically, we should be looking. We are now able to pay for some advertising -- where should we direct it, and what message would best reach that audience? Can you help us sell your community?

Finally, some types of promotion are best done peer to peer. You are the experts in your topic; messages from you on subreddits or professional forums or the like will be much more credible than messages from Codidact staff. For these types of settings, we need your help to get the word out. If you know of a suitable place and can volunteer to spread the word there, please leave an answer about it so we all know about it (and know not to also post there).

Making a good first impression

Pretend for a moment that you don't know anything about Codidact. Visit this community in incognito mode. What's your reaction? If it's negative, what can we do about it? Some known deterrents from across the network:

  • Latest activity is not recent. This tells people the community isn't active. Anecdotally, we have lots of people ready to answer good questions, and on some communities, not enough good questions for them to answer. Can you help with that?

  • Latest questions are unanswered. This tells people it might not be worth asking here. Why are our unanswered questions unanswered? Are they poor questions in some regard? Unclear, too basic, too esoteric, just not interesting? Can they be fixed? Should they be hidden?[1]

  • Latest questions have poor scores. This tells people that either there's lots of low-quality material here or the voters are overly picky. If it's a quality problem, same questions as the previous bullet. If good content is getting downvoted, or not getting upvoted, can you help us understand why?

These are issues we've seen or heard about from across the network, but each community is different. What do you see here? What might be turning people away, and what could we do about it?

Are there things about the platform itself, as opposed to content, that discourage people we're trying to attract? If there's something we can customize to better serve this community, please let us know. If there are other changes in presentation or behavior that you think would encourage visitors to stick around, what are they?

Conversely, what is this community doing well? What draws newcomers in? I don't just mean the reverse of those bullets. What do we need to keep doing, and what might be worth highlighting when promoting this community?


  1. Should the question list not show some questions to anonymous visitors? What should the criteria be? ↩︎

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Increase exposure One way of increasing our exposure is to use Codidact as a source when answering on other forums. A …

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By having decent source code formatting that isn't completely inferior to other sites like Stack Overflow. We might want …

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In light of another fiesta on a "competitor site", I poked my head in here again. Here's my twocents. When a ship sta …

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Search engine optimization? I thought this goes without saying, but apparently we aren't doing too well there for so …

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Just my two cents: 1. I found this community because of someone's username on Stack Overflow. That's probably a good …

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As a (for now at least) casual user, I can report that a bad first impression is that there are way too many "500 server …

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I just submitted a proposal to DuckDuckGo here for a new "bang" for their search syntax. If approved: `!coddsw search …

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Never Too Late Due to, shall we say, recent AI-related hallucinations, pretty much everything that was possible PR-wi …

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After a few years of casually using stack-exchange sites and wandering around on coda-dict, I feel there are mainly thre …

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S.E.O. - Stack Overflow has fantastic SEO, and this is a self-feeding cycle. Currently codidact isn't adding json-ld o …

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I realize this might not be feasible, because course all of that hinges on the possibility to get some acceptable data o …

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Not having a single sign on option greatly increased the friction in adopting the site for me. This was further compo …

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Emphasize and expand content that competitors fail at or deliberately exclude. This section of What type of questions …

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A note on first impressions: I really like that popup windows like when you click "react" are closed by clicking "re …

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This may be a minor thing to some but it's a huge annoyance / barrier to me - we need to change our scoring system to be …

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This is long, I apologize, but I hope someone finds my treatise valuable.[^diehards] StackExchange, while a great imp …

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Give software.codidact.com its own domain Stack Overflow is by far the largest community on Stack Exchange and likely …

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A note on first impressions:

I really like that popup windows like when you click "react" are closed by clicking "react" again, not just anywhere else on the screen. This makes the site feel solid to me, and less prone to error. It also works really well with Vimium where you can't easily select a non-action part of the screen.

What I have been fighting with is how comment threads work. Maybe a popup offering a tutorial for new users would be nice. Really though, I want to be able to reply to a comment from the question page; not have to go to a separate page two clicks away.

I like that the main level header size is not obnoxious, making it usable.

Update [7.22.22]:

I like that post urls are short and shareable as is. I use Vimium so grabbing a link on codidact becomes a quick yy. As opposed to massive SO urls that require hitting share and copy to get something reasonable.

It'd be nice to be able to "follow" or "save" users. This is a fun way to follow and learn from the activity of bright users. No feed BS; just looking for a way to "bookmark" these users within the bounds of my codidact account.

I would like a quick way to return to the codidact topics page from within a topic.

I like that you have to actively hit "mark as read" or "mark all as read" in your inbox, for the same reason I like to have to click "react" again. Too often with other services have messages "disappeared" on me, causing me to have to track them down through my browser history.

Update [10.26.22]:

I think there should be voting accountability and traceability. You should be able to see who upvoted and downvoted posts. Even better would be requiring comments for downvoting or a selection from a menu of reasons. A downvote with no context does not help the reader nor the writer.

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Monica Cellio‭ wrote almost 2 years ago

Thank you! That "click again to dismiss the pop-up" thing you mentioned with reactions applies to all the other cases of that, too -- inbox, flag dialogue, search, etc. That's been a little confusing for people used to sites where those elements are more transient, so it's great to hear that it works well for some.

We have a longstanding desire, and a partial fix on a branch, to expand comment threads in-page so you can see everything, flag, reply, etc without navigating away if you want. Long threads can kind of take over, so we're leaning toward "show the first five as now, but one more click expands everything". I think the person who was working on this might have drifted away, alas, so we'll need to get someone else to pick it up. (I crave more developers. :-) )

mcp‭ wrote almost 2 years ago · edited almost 2 years ago

Yes the solid "click, unclick" is something I find very pleasing! I like being deliberate and being guided towards explicit actions. Brings confidence and eagerness to my workflow.

For big threads, for sure, take the user to the full context. For one or two comment threads, which is what I've encountered in my couple weeks of use, I would like to just reply as I am already seeing the full context.

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I added another more impressions to my post since your comment.