If you've spent any time writing code, you've undoubtedly come across Stack Overflow, a question and answer forum dedicated to the discussion of computer programming which has become quite popular in recent years. Its popularity led to the formation of the Stack Exchange network of sites with a similar format focused on various other topics ranging from systems administration to English grammar to LEGO. But nothing for us networkers.
What's particularly interesting about Stack Exchange is that anyone can propose a new site. Poking around, it seems that a networking-oriented site has been suggested at least once in the past but was dismissed as overlapping with the sysadmin-focused Server Fault site (which, with respect to our IT brethren, is simply rubbish). I think a networking-focused Stack Exchange could do quite well, and a lot of folks on Twitter agreed.
I've created a proposal for a networking site and I'd like your help in getting it spun up. The deal is that we need 60 followers and 40 highly-rated (10+) questions to move the proposal from the definition phase to the commitment phase. Considering the size of the community here, I'm sure we can meet these numbers in no time. If you're interested, please sign up as a follower and help make this a reality!
Update: The proposal was briefly closed as a duplicate of Server Fault as describe above, but Robert at Stack Exchange was sympathetic to my pleas and the proposal has been reopened for development. Let's prove that us networkers are too big a deal to share ground with server folk!
Update 2: We've reached the commitment phase in just three days! That has to be some kind of record. Now, we just need people to commit to being active (writing questions and answers) for the beta site to launch, essentially signing a petition. We can really use people who are already active on other Stack Exchange sites, so please spread the word to friends and colleagues in sister fields.
Update 3: Thanks to all your support, the proposal has been accepted and a beta site is in the works! A successful beta trial is the last step in the process of founding a new site, so continued support and involvement is critical.
Update 4: After just nine days the site is now in public beta at networkengineering.stackexchange.com! Everyone is welcome to join and contribute.