The popular programming forums Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange didn’t set out to make participation a game in 2008, but when its founders attempted to create a constructive method for harnessing the power of user participation, the game mechanics that programmers know and love came immediately to mind. Stack Exchange co-founder and former CTO Jeff Atwood explains why in this presentation."
Jeff Atwood serves as Chief Technology Officer of Stack Exchange Inc. Mr. Atwood was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoftâ€™s BASIC in the 80â€²s, starting with his first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. He arrived at C# via Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1. He has a particular interest in the human side of software development which is reflected in his blog, Coding Horror. Follow Jeff on Twitter@codinghorror