It's not that hard to get into the ServerFault beta...
[ "How hard can it be, they let you in?" says DoppelGanger ]...all you need is 100 reputation points in StackOverflow and then follow the instructions on this page.
[ "And it's really easy to get 100 points on StackOverflow, isn't it?" ]OK, here's why I think ServerFault's gonna be a huge success, just like StackOverflow: it's already got useful content. In fact, it's got the answer to the first question I wanted to ask.
[ "It's better than that, isn't it? It already had the first answer you were going to post, didn't it?" ]Yes, that's right... I had a question, and I didn't look it up on ServerFault, I thought I would find the answer elsewhere first and post both question and answer, as my first working experience with ServerFault.
So I went and wasted a bunch of time, finally found the poorly indexed Microsoft KB page (it didn't include the message text I was getting), applied the fix, then went over to ServerFault to post the answer... and this is what I saw as soon as I started the "Ask a question" dialog:
My question was "How do I fix "MMC could not create the snap-in" in Windows?", and when ServerFault popped the list of "Related Questions" the very first one was an exact match: "MMC could not create the snap-in".
And yes, the answer was exactly the same as the one I was going to post. I'm guessing it didn't show up earlier in my Google searches because StackOverflow's still in beta.
When I wrote StackOverflow and ServerFault Are The Future I wondered if a site devoted to "people who manage or maintain computers in a professional capacity" would be suitable for asking questions about database servers. The answer is yes, ServerFault already has 34 questions tagged "sqlserver" and 15 tagged "mysql" in the first week of beta.
That means if your SQL Anywhere question is about writing application code that talks to the server, or writing SQL code that runs on the server, then StackOverflow is the place to be, but if you question is about, say, setting up a High Availability configuration, or backing up your 100GB database, then ServerFault is the place.
The question now is, "Will anyone go there, to ask and answer questions about SQL Anywhere?"
More specifically, "Will iAnywhere Solutions staff go there?" ...the vast majority of questions on the NNTP newsgroups are answered by iAnywhere tech support, professional services and engineering folks. Without them, asking a SQL Anywhere question on StackOverflow and ServerFault will be like asking a COBOL question... an experience in loneliness.
Maybe THAT'S the question: "Is SQL Anywhere cool? Or is it COBOL?"