Dear discourse team,
I read some interesting posts on coding horror’s blog (on the gamification for example) and I’m wondering if you have any references that helped you to build the wonderful StackOverflow and Discourse?
For me it’s clear that discourse or stackoverflow are way better than other existing platform. Yet I would like to understand and explain why.
I think you have some theories about managing people on teh internet. Did you use some studies or scientific papers as input for your design ? For example about the gamification, the reputation system, using markdown, the user interface, etc …