UPDATE: This proposal didn’t make it out of “Area 51” as they call the staging area for new sites on the Stack Exchange network… But never fear – there is an alternative. Have a look at UnmetHours.com and head on over there with your burning questions.

If there’s one single site on the internet that I couldn’t live without (perhaps with the exception of Google), it would be StackOverflow from StackExchange. It’s an absolute life-saver for programmers, and as a fairly recent convert to programming, I struggle to think what it must have been like in the days before it existed. It’s on a par with how people ever found information before Google.

The amount it increases a lone coder’s productivity is just staggering.

So when I see that there is a suggestion to create a StackExchange site for building energy performance simulation I can barely control my excitement. A place where researchers can share best practice, iron out little niggles in their models, show prospective employers that they know their stuff [1], and all the other good things that StackExchange brings to the coding community.

Apologies for the evangelising but this is a really great opportunity to make a difference to researchers’ and engineers’ day-to-day lives. Please do head on over and get involved. You can help move the fledgling site out of “Area 51” and on to the next stage of development before it can become a fully-developed StackExchange site.

Thanks to Clayton Miller at OpenRevit for the heads-up.

[1] Via the reputation system. Here’s my profile on StackOverflow. I look forward to adding building energy performance simulation to this badge.

profile for Jamie Bull on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites

Jamie Bull | jamiebull1@gmail.com

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