Let's take StackExchange for example, it help share knowledge and help software developers to debug. So I would like to say "Stack Exchange makes a knowledgeable and economic impact on users".

I think "economic impact" is correct term, but is "knowledgeable impact" a correct term?

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    You obviously have doubts about your suggestion, and you are right. The somewhat metaphorical usage of the word 'impact' as a substitute for the less dramatic word like 'effect' or 'benefit' is a popular rhetorical usage - some might say too popular. But you are right to doubt whether it is appropriate in this context. try spelling out what it means by paraphrasing. I assume you mean that it makes users more knowledgeable and more economically successful. But making more economically successful is an economic impact, whereas making them more knowledgeable is not a 'knowledgeable' impact
    – Tuffy
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 22:03
  • [Continued from the above]. In fact it has an economic impact by making them (the users) more knowledgeable. This does not make such a good sales pitch, perhaps. You can say it makes users more knowledgeable and so more successful.
    – Tuffy
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 22:07
  • While SE has certainly made me more knowledgeable, the only economic impact its had on me is a negative one. I could have been out making money but instead I get stuck puttering on SE... Not that I mind. Just sayin’
    – Jim
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 23:27
  • Ditto to @Jim. Not that I mind. However....
    – banuyayi
    Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 6:28

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I don't think "knowledgeable impact" works the way you would want it to here. The more common term might be "educational impact" - even though it might sound a bit too structured and academic for SE, I would say it's an apt descriptor for increasing knowledge.

"Enlightening" is another contender but it sounds too lofty 😀

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