Visiting Basically Money daily, I am simply enamored by it all. Sadly, most of my colleagues don't know about the site, let alone the trilogy.

  • How do I explain to them the concept of the site?
  • Pandiya: Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm! :-) I've made this question a community wiki and tagged it "meta" (i.e. about this site). I also added a link to the "trilogy" - there may be a few non-developer / non-IT people here who wouldn't otherwise catch the reference. :-) Commented Feb 4, 2010 at 13:07
  • I thought it was a Lord of the Rings reference :-)
    – YMCbuzz
    Commented Feb 4, 2010 at 20:58
  • @chris we people here in india are waiting for the complete release of basicallymoney.com
    – Pandiya Chendur
    Commented Feb 5, 2010 at 4:14

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It's difficult to explain the site to others, I agree. What I've done is posted questions on behalf of people when they've come up in conversation, to illustrate the benefit of a community of people answering your question (rather than you out searching the Net for the answer)... turning it into repository of answers in which the best answer is voted to the top. Brilliant concept.

  • That i definatley a great way to put it! Another thing to say is that it's just people helping people and sharing their knowledge!
    – Rachel
    Commented Feb 16, 2010 at 15:32

With reputation based collaborative editing of both questions and answers, the stack exchange powered sites allow a community to not only safely find the best answer to a question, but to make that question easy to find on the Internet.

We can (based on earned community trust) edit and maintain all aspects of this site so even as answers change over time, so too can the answers and questions reflect that change. You can count on a stack exchange site like basicallymoney.com to be up to date and relevant even on questions ask years ago.

It is also a good place to learn about the funny word Canadians and Brits have for normal everyday stuff.**

  • **I kid, I kid...
    – MrChrister
    Commented Feb 4, 2010 at 22:21
  • Like, did you know that Canadians drink milk out a bag? What up with that?
    – MrChrister
    Commented Feb 4, 2010 at 22:22
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    Okay - so what do Americans use for containers of milk larger than 2L (2 quarts)?
    – Zephyr
    Commented Feb 7, 2010 at 0:14
  • Big recyclable plastic jugs: amazon.com/Tuscan-Whole-Milk-Gallon-128/dp/B00032G1S0
    – MrChrister
    Commented Feb 7, 2010 at 19:42
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    In the UK we just keep cows in the fridge Commented Feb 16, 2010 at 13:22
  • Seems like direct cow would save money, but your mitten and scarf costs must be higher.
    – MrChrister
    Commented Feb 16, 2010 at 17:27
  • I think we might be milking this a bit much Commented Feb 17, 2010 at 18:58

I agree that the learning curve can be steep for someone who did not use stackoverflow.com before. The best approach to explain this would be to sit down with your colleagues and show them and help them to get started.

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