Inspired, or possibly uninspired, by some of the responses to
I am curious what Answers provides that other forums or formats do not provide. In particular, if TMW won't/can't give us what we want in a timely manner, is there someplace else better to go? The rate at which Answers took off, makes me think you could get people to ask questions on any site.
The voting system allows any user to see the best answers right away without having to read all answers and comments.
The markup allows the code to be format properly, web links, lists, etc
Some people also seem to like the reputation system but for me it only shows the amount of time each one spend here.
Answers provides the important advantage, that the TMW employees participate actively. On one hand this allows for getting information at first hand. On the other hand this is an efficient feedback channel, such that TMW learns from the needs of the users.
Of course TMW employees post in other forums also, which is very helpful, but not with the same high frequency as here.
Other modern forums, which allow to layout the text and embed pictures, are financed by commercials, such that there is a certain level of optical noise. For a one-time user this is not really hard, but imagine how Walter brains would be penetrated by seeing a specific animated GIF banner 10'000 times, every hour, every day, every week. But MATLAB Answers is its own commercial and it offers concrete information needed by customers in reality.
With CSSM, never used Stackoverflow or others: