I was looking through Area 51 recently and I discovered the Computing History proposal.
Well, not exactly... I already knew about it (and followed it) before this site launched. The topics are so similar that when this site launched, I thought it was the same one that I was following at Area 51.
Many of the questions might be on-topic here. We're still figuring out what exactly we want to have here, of course.
Here are some questions from the proposal:
- What was the computing power used for the Apollo missions in comparison to modern day space exploration requirements?
- Who developed the first USB storage?
- Who created the Big O notation for algorithms?
At least one question there could be closed as duplicates of existing questions we have here:
What are we going to do?
I know that some of the questions there would be too recent to qualify as "retro", such as the one that asks what the first Stack Overflow question was (site launched in 2008).
But I think that there is significant overlap and something should be done. We don't have much activity, and it would be good if we got that traffic too. It could be bad if this site launched and we had to compete for the traffic.