[Bldg-sim] Model got you stumped? Ask questions, get answers, no distractions!

Neal Kruis neal.kruis at bigladdersoftware.com
Thu Feb 14 08:08:51 PST 2013

Dear fellow energy modelers,
*We (myself and more than 100 other modelers) want to make answers more
accessible to the building energy modeling community. There are many venues
(usually forums or mailing lists like this one) where modelers are already
asking questions, but, though these services include an archive of all
previous questions, answers, discussions, and announcements, they lack the
organization and structure to make the knowledge base of answers easily
The computer programming community has faced this same problem and has come
up with a solution called stackoverflow.com <http://stackoverflow.com/about>,
a website that focuses entirely on providing answers. The Stack Overflow
platform relies on the community to up-vote good answers to increase the
visibility for others who may ask the same question in the future. When
others vote for your answers you gain "reputation points" that help
establish your expertise in the community, which in turn provides a better
incentive to provide answers even to the most beginner-level questions.

Since launching in 2008, Stack Overflow has been extremely successful:
boasting 17 million unique visitors and 8.3 million answers! The success of
Stack Overflow has led to several other question and answer
photography <http://photo.stackexchange.com/> to
cooking<http://cooking.stackexchange.com/>to Jewish
law <http://judaism.stackexchange.com/>, all using the same platform as
Stack Overflow and successfully supporting their respective communities.

We would like to do the same for the building energy modeling community,
but before we can launch a fully functional site we need your help to prove
that we have a large enough active community to support such a site and to
help establish the scope of support the site will offer. This is the only
requirement to use Stack Oveflow's platform; it is completely free and open
to the public.

Please visit our proposal:
If you'd like to support this effort you can do so by:

1. Joining the site<http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45232/building-performance-simulation-analysis>(100+
followers and counting!)<http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/45232/building-performance-simulation-analysis>
2. Up-voting questions that help establish the scope of our community (We
need 40 questions with 10+ votes to move to the next phase. Please consider
voting for questions that do not yet have 10 votes!)
3. Proposing your own example questions
4. Spreading the word to your friends and colleagues!

For further reading:
- Blog post at openrevit.com: A Building Energy Performance Simulation Q&A
site that will change your
- How Stack Overflow works: http://stackoverflow.com/about
Thank you!*

Neal Kruis
828 482-2088

Big Ladder Software
2549 Irving Street
Denver, CO 80211
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