Does the Stage Create the Actor?

A lot of coding workshops have sprung up in the last ten years, ranging from one-day events to teach people the basics of HTML to months-long internships designed to turn participants into professional programmers. Having just had yet another stranger solve yet another problem for me on Stack Overflow, I'm wondering: to what extent are Stack Overflow and similar sites responsible for the creation of these workshops? SO is a way for people without degrees and other certifications to show what they know; without it, would people be quite so keen to take part in unofficial training?

In the wake of posts about Shopify's support for white nationalists and DataCamp's attempts to cover up sexual harassment
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