I’m not a forum person. When I’m looking for answers the last thing I want to do is post on a forum and explain my issue to a bunch of strangers. When I do post a question I usually get no reply or replies that are as close to solving my problem as Plato is from Mars. Another issue is getting through all the hassle of signing up and remembering your password. And finally dealing with the junk mail.
However, while doing development for my Android app I came across the ultimate forum stackoverflow.com. For what SEO is worth, StackOverflow is usually on top of the results to my programming related queries on Google. Thats the reason I ended up signing up. I almost always get answers to my queries on the forum from the already posted discussions. Only thrice have i needed to post a question and all three times I got the answer within two days. Its a haven for developers.
Another awesome thing about the forum is that signing up is easy. You can use your Google, Yahoo or Facebook account to signup to the forum or you can register yourself for “StackExchange” id if you don’t want to use your email/social network accounts. In fact, you can use the previously uploaded globally recognized avatar from Gravatar.com for your avatar on the forum. Perfect isn’t it.
As for unwanted emails. I have none in my inbox. No emails from StackOverflow except maybe to notify me that I signed up. No email to tell me I have posted a question or gotten a reply or how much I’m missed or my reputation has advanced or this or that topic would interest me. I’m inbox is safe and empty and I’m content and satisfied.
So to all developers especially newbies like me you’ll most probably find an answer at StackOverflow.