Why "Ask Joel" and not "Ask the Community"?
I like the idea of this forum, to bring together like-minded programmers with an entrepreneurial bent, but my enthusiasm is cooled by your approach: "Ask me, Joel, for I know everything."
There's a different forum for "ask the community," called "the Joel on Software forum."
Why not "Ask "?
Don't be so hard on Joel. When he first launched this forum he explained it as a replacement for the huge amount of questions people email him. Not to mention we all get the benefit of his response.
michael sica (michaelsica.com)
"Ask Joel" brings some original content to the site. And if you go beyond the forum title, what you ask is what you get here.
Considering the bulk of this site is writings by Joel, about software, you're probably here because you care what Joel has to say about software.
It's called Ask Joel and not Ask the Community because Joel is smarter than the community.
> Former Program Manager at MS
"""you're probably here because you care what Joel has to say about software"""
Because we're here for Joel, he's the star; that doesn't imply that the community doesn't have some smart spectators too (I know at least about Eric Sink and Rick Chapman).
There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask, "Why ask Joel?"... I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not ask Joel?"
I don't think the OP understands. Joel on software is essentially reality tv. The protagonist is a thoughtful guy running a software company. It's thin entertainmentwise since there's only one main character, but the web doesn't currently have anything better of this kind for money-oriented programming.
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