This is a post about this website. It’s also a small reflection on software development. Enjoy.
This is why popular software brings several advantages beyond their feature set. With a dedicated community, you get expanded documentation and more spaces to find help without any additional effort on your part. Your unusual workflow or edge-cases are more likely to be shared with someone else.
Software should not be evaluated on popularity alone; however, I do think it should be a factor. After all, it would seem quite the waste to throw out the fruits of popular collaboration.
Rooted in my dual education in computer science and communication, I make meaningful information accessible with new media, social computing, and computational social science. My media background is rooted in documentary filmmaking and this perspective continues to influence my approach to research and writing.