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StackOverflow has a consumer rating of 3.35 stars from 119 reviews indicating that most customers are generally satisfied with their purchases. StackOverflow ranks 36th among Programming Other sites.

Positive reviews (last 12 months): 11.1%
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  • The people spent more time policing my mistakes in the way I wrote the question than actually trying to help.
  • It seems like they never know the answer, because they just skim over your question, and then complain.
  • There are so many people on this website who don't deserve their score.
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Top Positive Review

“Stack Overflow”

Patrick Y.

This site is very helpful for anyone looking for answers to their coding problems. I have received help so many times that I want to share this resource with others.

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Top Critical Review

“Bad community!”

Vaclav K.

I asked just a question about possible little task automation! Also this is the first ever question that I'm putting there! Also it got downvoted for no reason! Also my question was edited quickly (removed the word PLEASE - I wanted to be polite). I also received a comment from someone (extremely high reputation person). Comment content: link to a basic instructions - no any answer to my quiestion. A YES or NO would be just fine for me. So people... don't waste your time on that website!

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Reviews (119)




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1 review
0 helpful votes
November 30th, 2021

I asked just a question about possible little task automation! Also this is the first ever question that I'm putting there! Also it got downvoted for no reason! Also my question was edited quickly (removed the word PLEASE - I wanted to be polite). I also received a comment from someone (extremely high reputation person). Comment content: link to a basic instructions - no any answer to my quiestion. A YES or NO would be just fine for me. So people... don't waste your time on that website!

2 reviews
0 helpful votes
October 20th, 2021

A lot of beginner level questions in newest directions (ML, AI, image processing) simply cannot have a "minimal" code. However, moderators ban it left and right together with the users, though most of them, I believe, simply do not know the field. There must be a change of policies, otherwise this resource will lose its appeal for anyone but pro users.

1 review
0 helpful votes
December 8th, 2020

You can find answers to popular style questions on this site, some times you can find a partial solution which helps.

But be warned the site also includes grammar nazi's and aggressive moderators.

1. You can expect questions to be deleted with any reasons given.
2. You can expect to have questions reworded.
3. If you questions the choices of a moderator, expect a swam off angry down voters to appear.

1 review
4 helpful votes
September 21st, 2020

Great bunch of sites for every argument you could be interested in.
Very good community. But poor staff & moderator team. The staff should keep an eye on the moderators; instead, the staff is too poor, they earn good money but don't want to spend any, and let the community moderate by itself. It does work generally, but more effort should be employed.

1 review
1 helpful vote
November 16th, 2021

I asked just how to make a verified badge like youtube has one, and it got closed! Also this is the first ever question that I'm putting there! Also it got downvoted for no reason! So people... don't waste your time on that website!

Tip for consumers:
Please beware about the site,because it's not friendly at all.

Products used:
They aren't selling anythings.It's just a community website for people to ask questions about tech and coding.

1 review
3 helpful votes
January 25th, 2021

So, I asked as a start Go developer a interesting question about a possible problem with the source code, and I've put code examples, and enough information about the memory leak I might have found, and tried to solve this, with no solution available, and thus I tried Stack Overflow for the first time.
Sadly, it was immediately responded with a non-answer that didn't help at all, and other people who seem to be "staff", have ridiculed my question, and when I "answered" on a existing question that was linked to from my original question, I was slammed down with downvotes. This platform is not social, people are pretty anti-social when it comes to new people, and I finally found a better response on Reddit. Too bad, I used Stack Overflow for my beginnings on GoLang, but with this experience, the site didn't help much.

1 review
7 helpful votes
September 23rd, 2020

I submitted a functional answer and a 'moderator' deleted it for no reason. I shared my experience with the support team and they came with "New answers are expected to contribute something substantial not already covered in previous answers, which yours does not. Therefore, it has been deleted."

This obviously didn't make any sense because the same thread has new answers that "don't contribute something substantial not already covered".

StackOverflow is not a welcoming community for new devs to contribute and grow in, the community is hostile and the moderators are essentially dictators who can do whatever they want knowing that the support team at StackOverflow will do nothing about it.

If you are looking to hire devs using StackOverflow, expect someone to bring in the same hostile culture into your company.

2 reviews
1 helpful vote
December 6th, 2020

I have contributed a lot and am contributing to stackoverflow even today. The issue is I have seen so many good questions being closed. I had a clear solution for the question but were closed before I was able to post the response. Request: There should be a vote among high level moderators(fine if I cannot vote) before closing the question.

1 review
0 helpful votes
February 23rd, 2022

Before writing a question on stackoverflow you should think twice if you really want to invest your time - stackoverflow-moderators LOVE to close your questions if they don't fit their strict rules 150%.

1 review
0 helpful votes
October 4th, 2021

I used to use this website and got banned for reasons that still elude me... the people on this site will downvote your question for doing almost anything even if it was an honest mistake and the people in stack overflow expect you to know everything. Every time I search for an answer to a question there, all the questions that pop up are all downvoted and have salty toxic comments. I do NOT recommend this site unless you are a complete professional and know pretty much everything already. Even though they offer a tutorial on how to ask good questions, people still find ways to downvote or get mad at something you did. The one redeeming quality is that the people that answer your questions at least know what they are talking about.

1 review
7 helpful votes
May 13th, 2018

The site has a very wide variety of programming problems which makes it a very useful tool. However if you try to make a question about some code of yours you'll probably see some pretty high toxicity. Some members will be willing to help you, others will strictly critisice you, your code and how you didn't follow the rules of the site and then help you and others wiil stick on critisicing you only using the rules.

1 review
0 helpful votes
November 26th, 2021

Great source for programming answer on just about any language, however, if you are just starting to learn programming I would not advise coming to this site to post any form of question. The community is not welcoming, granted there are few that are willing to help, but the vast majority take pride in berating the post owner.

1 review
7 helpful votes
March 2nd, 2020

Stack Overflow is not a resource for helping people. It is a resource for people to keep new developers at the bottom. With all the useless edits and the downvoting for absolutely NO reason, people start to get afraid to ask questions, and that's absolutely NOT how this community should be. High Quality app with a jealous pretentious community.

1 review
1 helpful vote
January 3rd, 2022

Some of them are unreasonably arrogant. Even when i solved my problem by myself and posted as the answer, someone downvoted it, because it was not in the format that he likes!

3 reviews
9 helpful votes
May 22nd, 2020

If you just want answers, StackOverflow can be brilliant. Go on and browse until your heart is content.

However, if you want to be part of the community, get your battle gear on because this place is incredibly nasty! The trolls on here are not like those on Facebook or other social media platforms (and whether SO like it or not, they have enabled the site to become a glorified social media site for techy trolls). What seems to be a sizable portion of Users are really horrible, angry people, who are set off by the most trivial of things. They are akin to that a'hole in the bar who starts squaring up to you with "are you looking at me?!". This is SatckOverflow!

However, as with all a'holes they take their lead from somewhere, and that lead is from SO themselves. Throughout the site you can see high levels of obnoxiousness and arrogance. All in all one could strongly argue that the problem with SO is that the people who own and operate it are total a'holes themselves.

You don't even need to take my word for it, here's an article from SO themselves. The fact that it's over two years old and obviously had no impact says all you need to know about StackOverflow: https://stackoverflow.blog/2018/04/26/stack-overflow-isnt-very-welcoming-its-time-for-that-to-change/

1 review
5 helpful votes
April 27th, 2020

After searching and searching for a solution i found a snippet that solved my problem. The issue here at first was that the snippet was not working and to one that provided the snippet never responded to the people asking what was wrong with the snippet.

So i thought let me contribute back and told them there was a small mistake in the code that caused the snippet/solution from working and posted it then with the code that works.

Not even 30 minutes later a $#*!ed moderator came bye and deleted my post. That i should have responded on the thread instead of a new reaction what is not even possible of the stupid blocks and restrictions you have.

The idea of stackoverflow is great but the fact of those restrictions and those dump ass moderators it makes a place that you don't want to contribute at!

1 review
15 helpful votes
June 14th, 2018

The community is just a bunch of heartless people, who just complain by saying things like "Oh, you haven't laid your question out this way, read the rules". It seems like they never know the answer, because they just skim over your question, and then complain. However, some people give you the answer and suggestions, while others just complain. I must say, I haven't got an answer for a good 2 months, instead just hateful comments.

HOWEVER, the solutions are very helpful at times. But, I would not recommend this site. I would recommend something like Codeproject, or Daniweb.

1 review
6 helpful votes
December 1st, 2019

If you try to ask a real question that can't be searched by the internet, it gets deleted. If the moderator friends are online, they jump on the down vote wagon on top of it.

You can't ask a question unless its a question they want answered on the site.

Its over censored that way.

Some solutions they come up with are weak, and it seems like its been seeded with weak code so your stuff gets hack or make it more hack-able.

1 review
10 helpful votes
February 3rd, 2020

I am a senior lead developer, many years of developing in different languages and platform. I am also part time teacher in computer science and development.
Till a few years ago I loved this website. People were helpful, friendly, and respectful. Now it became the Facebook of programming. I posted a few posts about Python and WordPress. Two things I don't really know and want to learn. The posts are simple, I am not demanding (like some, more liked, questions are), within the rules of this 'website'. Not even 5 minutes later the posts are removed. Reasons; not inside the rules of stack overflow and it is not a programming question. How can a question about 'Running a query from MySql in PHP gives error' (with all explanations, errors and codes) not be a programming question?

Other example; I am building this application for my company. It holds sensitive information and the code-style and functions/methods cannot be placed outside the company. I had a problem and no-one in the company (a 2600+ employee-company) could help me out. So I placed a question, with sufficient information and code examples, so called snippets (which you also get from answers from these other 'developers' on stackoverflow), and I get 30 replies. I was happy, but 29 of the replies was about the fact the examples aren't sufficient and people need to see the whole codebase. The example code I gave works fine and showed my problems.

I removed my account and I am trying to warn others. Google works way better and if you have questions and want answers of REAL developers and engineers; go to Reddit. I have way more success there.

StackOverflow is history if it was up to me. The moderators think they are God/Allah, or whatever god you believe in.

2 reviews
21 helpful votes
June 2nd, 2015

I would love for stack overflow to be this ideal, democratic system, in which people who have questions can ask them, and people who have answers can answer them.

Unfortunately, there are a million little illogical rules that make it a very complicated struggle to "simply" ask or answer questions on this website, as most users will spend a lot of time tediously criticising your questions instead of actually giving answers to it, and also because since you're new, you can't really do anything on the website like comment or vote whenever you feel it would not only help your situation, but also help other users.

From what I understand, it's because of the "points" system that they invented, whose only purpose is to create some sick hierarchy between "good" law-abiding users who spend hours on the website everyday, and "bad" users (the people who just want an answer to their questions. Bad people!).

I'm sorry, but giving "rewards" to people just because they use your website and blocking newcomers is probably the worst strategy in the internet age.

1 review
3 helpful votes
November 21st, 2019

Really bad and intimidating *******@leymannx,@kiamlaluno
Horrible people...
I would never visit this site again.
I wouldn't give any review. Reallly baddddd experience...
Please stay out of it...
People are nasty

3 reviews
20 helpful votes
August 26th, 2013

I have been asking and answering questions now for about a year. Recently I asked a question just to get a critical answer. Someone else jumped in and told the guy that he should not be criticizing me as my question was legitimate. Later I got an irrelevant answer. Finally the first guy jumped back on and gave me a downgrade saying that I had not done enough research. How could he tell? I always research as much as I can before asking a question. If research could have given me the answer then why didn't he provide an answer?

A good forum would either not answer the question or ask for more information.

I have seen complaints about stackoverflow.com on other forums.

1 review
0 helpful votes
November 18th, 2021

This site is very helpful for anyone looking for answers to their coding problems. I have received help so many times that I want to share this resource with others.

2 reviews
6 helpful votes
January 26th, 2015

Only good if you already know a decent amount about programming. These people will jump all over you if you can't form a question the exact way they want it. They are very picky about topics, closing lots of threads for dumb reasons. People here have an annoying attitude that is off putting and not friendly at all to beginners. Lots of smart people here but you will not understand their answers unless you aren't a beginner.

1 review
13 helpful votes
December 23rd, 2018

Don't waste your time asking questions on this site. You will jump through hoops trying to post a question that will pass the moderators' silly rules and then get down-voted for something like "not enough research" when the down-voter has no way of knowing how many hours you have already put into your research. You can learn a little by searching on this site, but don't bother becoming a member.

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Not legit. The solutions people come up with are weak code, and further investigation makes me believe its seeded by hackers so weak code can be implemented.

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