With the recent splash made by Yuri and Ron Conway, it should be obvious that 2011 is the year for developers and designers. Incubators and accelerators are popping up around the country, while the big boys like Google and Facebook are making multi-million dollar offers to retain top talent.
It's easy to understand the motivation to get better, but where do these hackers and designers go to do just that? StackOverflow and Quora are great for single questions but you are also going to have to wade through all of the questions from people struggling to complete an online tutorial or their cs problem set.
Forrst is a private, invite only community for professional level developers and designers. It's designed to let people share what they are working on, struggling with, or launching. Members are then encouraged to provide feedback, likes, or other comments through a reputation system that awards points for these activities. Having access to high quality people in this community is unlike any social site out there. It's comforting to find a community where people are able to seek and gain helpful feedback instead of the elitists, trolls, or spam that swarms postings at other sites. People are genuinely interested in sharing what they are working on, without any NDA nonsense because the feedback is so valuable that they can iterate or pivot faster than they would be able to working independently. I would encourage any independent or startup developers and designers to head to the Forrst.
Also follow me on Forrst to see some of the things I'm working on.