Facebook has partnered with programming Q&A website Stack Overflow. The two have launched facebook.stackoverflow.com to support the growing number of Facebook Platform developers.
At the same time, Facebook is killing off its existing forums: the Developer Forum will become read-only as of September 1. Until then, a banner has been placed at the top of the Forum encouraging developers to post all new questions on Stack Overflow.
Facebook says it spent many months looking for a long-term solution to improve its old Developer Forum and ultimately chose to just go with Stack Overflow. This means the Q&A link on the Support page on the Facebook Developer Site will now simply redirect to facebook.stackoverflow.com.
The new Stack Overflow subdomain contains a Facebook-tag filtered view of questions. Since many Facebook engineers and some of the most knowledgeable Facebook developers actively participate on Stack Overflow, the social networking giant figured it was already one of the best places for developers to get help with their technical questions.
To begin asking or answering questions, you need to log in with your Facebook account (click on the Login button on the right-hand side or on the top banner found on a Question page). Alternatively, you can log in with your existing Stack Overflow account and add your Facebook login information to it.
Just like any other Stack Overflow member, the more you participate, the more points you achieve and the higher your reputation becomes in the community. The higher reputation you earn, the more privileges you gain on Stack Overflow. Although answering Facebook-specific questions will give you general Stack Overflow reputation, the reputation on the user ranking pages for facebook.stackoverflow.com only shows reputation earned from Facebook-tagged questions.
The integration is not just on Stack Overflow's side though. Facebook is going to add relevant questions from Stack Overflow to its documentation. A section at the bottom of each API method doc will display the top five questions, sorted by the number of votes. This change will be rolling out slowly over the next few weeks.
"Without question, the greatest asset we have here at Stack Exchange is the members of our community, their collective knowledge, and their desire to help others," a Stack Overflow spokesperson said in a statement. "Similarly, there’s no greater feeling for us than when others recognize that strength and wonder how they can use it to help their users too — ultimately, it just helps make the internet a better place. So when the largest social developer platform in the world came to us and said they wanted to partner with us, we were all ears."
"If you'd like to continue participating in the developer community, join us in the Facebook Developers Group, where the Developer Relations team is going to be hanging out," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "Moving forward, Stack Overflow is where you’ll go to have your Facebook Platform questions answered; Bugs is where you go to report an issue with a legitimate repro, and you should participate in the Group to discuss, chat, and talk with us directly."
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