I'm an iOS developer and I used to pass a lot of time on Stack Overflow. Recently I have seen a Stack Exchange site called Android Enthusiasts and it seems to me that it's only for "Android Developers" as their community. So I am just wondering…

Is there any Group like that (Android Enthusiasts) only for iOS developers who write code in Objective-C?

I also notice that when an Android developer of Stack Overflow signs in that group, he/she suddenly gets 100 bonus reputation in Stack Overflow as an Association bonus. I also got a similar 100 association bonus earlier when signing in to Stack Exchange. Now my question is:

How many "Associate Group" exist around there and from where can I get an association bonus in my Stack Overflow account just like two of these?

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Welcome to the site! I'll try to answer your questions.

OK, you have a little misunderstanding about the nature of Stack Exchange sites. Stack Overflow was the first and original site, and then Stack Exchange was setup to create further sites along different topics. These days there are SE sites for everything from coding to parenting via philosophy and bicycling. You can see a full list here.

We don't have groups, as such, but each sub-site (usually called sitename.stackexchange.com e.g. apple.stackexchange.com but sometimes with their own redirecting URL such as askdifferent.com for our site etc) is essentially a wholly seperate entity, with their own topics and their own rules for what is on-topic etc. Clearly asking about nappies on a Ubuntu site is not appropriate! ;)

What can link them, is you - your user account can be linked to many such sites, you have a profile on each site, and nominate one (usually your first) to be your parent profile under which all others are linked.

When you do this, if your reputation score on one SE site is sufficient, you can a 100 association bonus, the purpose of this is to remove the early privilege limitations whereby you need to earn reputation in order to do more than the basics - as the message says when you are awarded the bonus, you are trusted to know how to use an SE site, and don't need to prove that again. The reputation is added to the profile in the site you just joined, purely to remove the new user restrictions - you can't add it to your rep from another site. Overall, it is calculated in your total rep across all sites, but you cannot, for example, join 50 sites and get a 5000 bonus on your primary profile...

Now, as for Objective-C programming, the main coding site is still Stack Overflow. There is an Apple group, as you have found, but programming in anything other than user facing utilities like Automator, AppleScript, and a bit of Terminal is off topic here. Likewise, a similar restriction applies to the Android site.

The Stack Overflow site is the primary source for all programming questions, regardless of your platform or language of choice. You can filter by tags to ensure you only see questions which are appropriately tagged with Objective-C or Xcode etc, but they are still all included in the same site.

  • ♦, Thanks a lot for your clear explanation in details about this matter. Now it make sense to me. But, when previously i linked my primary profile (Stackoverflow) with "Stackexchange", i was got 100 Bonus "Associate Reputation" in Both profile (Stackoverflow & Stackexchange). Here according to the post topic (Android Enthusiasts), a person get 100 reputation in his/her both profile too. So, what's the reason here, to give a person's primary profile (Stackoverflow) 100 Bonus?
    – Tulon
    May 20, 2014 at 13:48
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    @Tulon if you have a certain rep in one site then you will get the association bonus in any new site you join see meta.stackexchange.com/a/141649/136010
    – mmmmmm
    May 20, 2014 at 13:56
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    I think that it is the same 100 shown twice. Because you joined a new site, you get 100 in that particular site. But that 100 is also shown on your network profile, which will be linked to SO which you joined first. It's not 200, it;s 100 being shown twice. I think!
    – stuffe
    May 20, 2014 at 13:57
  • @Mark, @ stuffe♦, Yes, i got it. Thanks again to both of you. Ahh, i love "Stackoverflow and all others SE sites. :)
    – Tulon
    May 20, 2014 at 14:02

First to note StackExchange works by everyone uses the same rules - so down vote is the only way to show that a question or answer is not good. This question is better asked on a meta site which talks about how StackExchange works (This question will probably me moved to AskDifferent's meta site). On these sites a down vote means that a person disagrees with the question. All information is public and direct conversation to a user is not supported.

Android Enthusiasts is not for Android developers from the site's help centre

Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is for enthusiasts, power users, and regular people who use the Android operating system.

Development code issues are off topic it seems and should ono be on StackOverflow (there is a heavily used android tag)

For iOS devices this site AskDifferent is the equivalent to Android Enthusiasts although we also cover other Apple devices and software. Like the Android site development and especially Objective C issues are off topic here and should be asked on StackOverflow

To see what sites Stack Exchange has either look at the bottom of every page or the drop down box at the top left found by clicking on Stack Exchange there.

  • Thanks a lot for your comment. It's really appreciable. Have a nice day. :)
    – Tulon
    May 20, 2014 at 13:52
  • @Tulon please read the help Center for this and other SO sites - we use votes and accepting answers to show appreciation and not messages
    – mmmmmm
    May 20, 2014 at 13:54
  • Oh dear, But i already did that. :( I think like stackoverflow, here also i can't accept two answers together as an "Accepted Answer" isn't it?
    – Tulon
    May 20, 2014 at 14:02

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