# Thursday, October 08, 2015

On the Pluralsight platform, subscribers can access a discussion area for each course. The traffic in mine is light enough that I have set up an alert to send me an email for each new comment. I just got one for my StackExchange course that brought a huge smile to my face:

I have actually tried not to use Stack Exchange and stick to other sites.  I had several bad experiences and have not gained any reputation at all on any questions that I asked.  I have even deleted questions due to downvotes or other negative activity.  Well after watching this, I understand the problems that I have had in the past.  I really enjoyed hearing this and knowing the mechanics of how this works [...] I now know more about it to help me find the answers that I need when I am head scratching my way through coding.

When I first started reading I was thinking "here's a comment about how StackExchange is horrible and why have a course on it" - something I hear from some of my friends. But then it took a sharp right turn to the exact reason why I wrote the course. I mean this is exactly the persona I had in mind - someone who needs answers, but because of not knowing the way the sites work, not only isn't getting them, but is having an unpleasant experience and ends up avoiding the sites.

When I decide to write a course I let myself imagine some possible outcomes. This comment is just the sort of outcome I was hoping for. It keeps me motivated to create more :-)


Thursday, October 08, 2015 5:43:35 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1]
Friday, October 09, 2015 7:39:49 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Congrats! It's nice to find out you made such a positive influence on someone.

Actually, I got an email when they left the comment... I guess because I left a comment on there too way back. I thought the same thing when I read that first sentence. Uh oh, here comes a rage quit. I don't imagine too many people get turned off of the site and end up having their minds changed like that.

I took your course awhile ago, even though I was already using SO fairly regularly, just to get a fresh perspective on it. I liked it... you had good ideas on what the site is and isn't, and how to use it well.
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