StackOverflow asks programmers to pick their favorite cartoons on programming

December 9th, 2008

Stack Overflow has a popular question asking Whats your favorite programmer cartoon?. Nearly 150 have been submitted to date, commented on and sorted by community votes. You’ll recognize a lot of these — XKCD and Dilbert dominate — but I saw many I’d never seen before.

Here’s how Stack Overflow describes itself.

“Stack Overflow is a programming Q & A site that’s free. … We don’t run Stack Overflow. You do. Stack Overflow is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow programmers. Once the system learns to trust you, you’ll be able to edit anything, much like Wikipedia. With your help, we can build good answers to every imaginable programming question together. No matter what programming language you use, or what operating system you call home — better programming is our goal. Stack Overflow is as frictionless and painless to use as we could make it. We believe finding the right answer to your programming questions should be as easy as falling into the pit of success. And maybe even a little fun along the way.”

It’s a bit overwhelming, but it’s fun to check in on the questions that are most popular, like the cartoon question. You can follow questions about your own narrow interest by subscribing to the RSS feed for appropriate tags (e.g., python, AI, or Semantic Web.). You can also search for questions based on a set of key words, like those mentioning games and AI