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So Long Instruction Manuals, Hello Documentation

Posted on 7.27.2016

Stack Overflow has quickly become the premier online community for programming-related questions/answers (QA), but the service is launching a new product today that could ultimately end up being a replacement for instructional manuals and related resources.

The new Stack Overflow Documentation service is essentially a peer-reviewed repository of technical information. The Documentation product is different from Q&A in that Documentation is broad and used for general reference. Instead of documenting a very specific problem, Documentation enables participants to help others deal with an entire class of problems. As Stack Overflow puts it, "If Q&A is chocolate, Documentation is peanut butter; two great tastes, better together."

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“Just like we did with Q&A, the goal of Documentation is to solve real-world developer problems,” said Jay Hanlon, Stack Overflow VP, in today’s announcement. “By harnessing the sum total of good programming knowledge in the world, we can create something more useful than any individual or team could on their own.”

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