Re: The value of Disneyland's mission #7
Due to scaling, I imagine that perhaps some of the lowest denominator type questions should be handled browser-side. E.g. a beginner trying to get their sorting homework done shouldn't be running gcc or clang on a VM anywhere but in their own browser.
I have, at one point, set up an environment of sorts where I can answer Qt questions effectively: a browser extension that would create a new project, include the question in
For professionals, answering code questions on SO has turned into a tedium. First, the barrier to runnable answers - answers that have great value to beginners, liable to get hung up on typos and incompleteness of snippet in the reply - is too high. Do we expect thousands of pros to have to spend potentially minutes setting up the environment just to build and run the code for the answer? Second, the barrier to MCVE questions - if there's no technology in place that makes MCVE simpler than the alternatives, the feeling of punishment and exclusion faced by beginners is not going to go away. The question wizard is a joke on a highly technical site like SO. It talks a lot where instead it should lead by example, i.e. make it the easiest thing in the world to have sufficient code in a code-related question.
Re. MCVEs: I often find professionals unfamiliar with the concept of minimizing a huge application down to an isolated example that's suitable for a question. Some tooling to facilitate this would be cool as well, even if it's not quite doable in a browser (not only because people are rightly apprehensive at dumping their project into a public site, due to corporate policy etc).
TL;DR: SO is in a place where heavy technical tooling support is necessary to support the requirements placed on both askers and answerers. And hopefully it's something that would help people rubberduck their code as well.