Given the volume of jargon and terminology that UX brings about as an emerging self-identified science, there’s going to be a lot of question as to what anything means. Unfortunately, this will be an ongoing problem for a while as new terms and new concepts continue to organically evolve in the field. As a result, the UX stack exchange page was a godsend to many in the field.
Before this, searching for a definition or explanation of a UX term meant vaguely wording question searches for Google and other engines, and hoping it could deduce a definition from one of its main sources of reference (wiki being a big one). However, there now exists a social exchange hub by way of stack exchange, where questions about UX can be answered. This is not a new kind of dynamic, as ask websites have been around for a while, some adapting to fit the new crowd sourced social architecture of modern exchange. Stack Overflow, a programming Q&A site, was one of the initial big systems like this for the field.
The creators of this Q&A site took their platform, and made it into a socially portable platform by way of StackExchange. Many pages exist specializing in Q&A for various topics, not unlike the multiple wikis for specific topics on social platforms. Inevitably, one about UX would come into being, and it’s very useful. Not only can you get a definition for new terminologies or methodologies, but you can also ask other questions of any UX-related form, and someone is likely to answer it. UX experts do use this system to ask one another questions, and learn from the questions of others. This means that even as an amateur, you’re likely to get your question answered in a non-demeaning way by an expert within a reasonable amount of time.
However, as said briefly above, there’s more than just Q&A to be had directly. You can benefit from lurking and watching Q&A sessions between others. Someone may ask a question you’d never think to ask, but have good use for the answers to. This will stimulate you to think outside the box, but with definitive answers to the question posed, more often than not.
This makes this site a go to location for tangential learning in the UX field, as well as an all knowing oracle for those who need advice or explanations of anything important. If you have a small repertoire of sites and sources you rely on daily for UX input, the UX stack exchange should be one of those sites, and one of the top priority ones at that.
This is an invaluable source of information, and it is also useful for forecasting trends in the UX world based on what people are asking, especially “what if” or “is it possible” questions, which beg the question of what may be doable and practical in UX in the future. Innovation.
You can use this information to stay ahead of the curve yourself, and always be contemporary and timely with your UX approaches, if you use this power wisely.