A New Type of Cryptic Crossword Forum

I’ve been a big fan of a question-answering site on programming called Stack Overflow.

The fine people at Stack Overflow are now allowing people to propose websites that follow the same structure on their own topics of interest, and I thought a Stack Overflow-style site would be great for cryptic crosswords.

So, if you’re interested in seeing one of these things happen, get behind the website proposal I’ve started at Area 51.

Update: and this is what I said to JD in the comments, which should serve to make things at least a little bit clearer:

JD, it’s perhaps easiest if you have a look at Stack Overflow to understand what kind of site I’m hoping is made. Basically, Stack Overflow is a nicely done question-and-answer site for programming. I hope that one of those is created but on the subject of cryptic crosswords.

Before a cryptic crossword question-and-answer site gets created, though, it needs to be proposed and enough people have to show an interest in it. That’s what the Area 51 site does: it sees if a topic holds enough interest amongst the internet community to be worth making a question-and-answer site out of.

That’s why I would like people to register and follow it on Area 51. If people don’t do that, a question-and-answer site on cryptic crosswords won’t be created at all.

6 thoughts on “A New Type of Cryptic Crossword Forum

  1. I’ve been there and had a look, it sort of makes sense. Are you intending that it takes over from DAtrippers? Can you explain how it works. I might be smart enough to do DA cryptics, but I’m not really up with cyber stuff. Thanks

  2. JD, it’s perhaps easiest if you have a look at Stack Overflow to understand what kind of site I’m hoping is made. Basically, Stack Overflow is a nicely done question-and-answer site for programming. I hope that one of those is created but on the subject of cryptic crosswords.

    Before a cryptic crossword question-and-answer site gets created, though, it needs to be proposed and enough people have to show an interest in it. That’s what the Area 51 site does: it sees if a topic holds enough interest amongst the internet community to be worth making a question-and-answer site out of.

    That’s why I would like people to register and follow it on Area 51. If people don’t do that, a question-and-answer site on cryptic crosswords won’t be created at all.

  3. Thanks AS for the reply. Just one other thing, ACC have a similar site (cryptic Q and A). I haven’t registered with them, but would registering with Area 51 be any different?
    And do you propose that Area 51 would take over from this site?
    I’m not being particularly negative towards your proposal, I’m just wondering what benefit there is to be gained.

  4. Do you mean the Australian Crossword Club? If you do, then that website is using forum software which I don’t think is as good as the software that Area 51 and Stack Overflow uses.

    It’s basically because I quite like how the Area 51 and Stack Overflow software works and how it fosters a lot of good well-structured interaction that I thought this worthwhile.

    I don’t think Area 51 will take over from this website. This website is more a paean to DA and a place for discussion rather than a question-answering website I’d say.

    The Area 51-style website would be more for cryptic crosswords generally, where anyone from anywhere in the world can ask questions about whatever cryptic related topic there is. I think there’d be a benefit in having that, so I’m trying to get other people interested. If you too think there’s a benefit, go ahead and register.

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