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Free Data Mining Q&A-Site (Stackoverflow-Style)

Do you know stackoverflow.com ?

If you write at least one line of code per week, you should ! In short terms, stackoverflow.com is a Q&A-site for programmers without payment, without add overloading but under collaborative control, just like wikipedia. Additionally, there is a reputation system which is certainly a better metric than number-of posts.

Check the following sections to get an idea how it works.
http://stackoverflow.com/about
http://stackoverflow.com/faq

The site already contains a reasonable amount of questions regarding R:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/r

Why do I tell you all this ?
Because on this site (http://area51.stackexchange.com) people can vote for the creation of a new site using the same scheme but dealing with another topic.

And yeah, there is a proposal for a site dealing with data mining, statistics and visualization. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/33/statistical-analysis

Numero 8 in the top-list, not bad actually.

I am confident that this site can bring a huge part of the splitted data mining community together, especially those parts who are interested in helping each other. All the forums for technical questions I have seen up to this point (excluding analyticbrige, whose discussion range is broader) have a characteristic ratio of 1:1000 of helping to asking people and a absolute small amount of helping people. But I am certainly missing some (excluding mailing lists (I hate this discussion style) and forums of commerical data mining software).

What do you think ?



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Comment by Robin Gower on July 19, 2010 at 8:01am
Interesting! The stack overflow system really is great. The 'reputation' idea really helps to motivate participants to write good answers (and good questions for that matter). I'm committed! I'd like to see the scope broadened to include all statistical analysis and research.
Comment by Steffen Springer on July 1, 2010 at 1:05am
bump (forgive me, but I believe in that site)
Comment by Steffen Springer on June 24, 2010 at 5:24am
Hm ... I think the focus of this site is too narrow. If this site would deal with Data Mining and Statistics in general (and state this explicitly), I'd agree that "such a site already exists". But currently...
Simply stating that the site is also open for others without including this idea in the site design and "marketing" wont attract enough "unspecialized" users.

As far as I see, the members of this site are also struggling with the problem of a small target audience (http://www.or-exchange.com/questions/452/the-future-of-or-exchange).
Comment by David Woods on June 24, 2010 at 3:23am
There already exists a site that does this: OR-Exchange. It focuses on operations research and analytics. Anyone interested in data mining would be welcome there... all questions get answered and its a great community.
Comment by Jozo Kovac on June 23, 2010 at 5:09pm
got my vote

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