Yearly Archives: 2009

company May 7, 2009

Podcast #52

This is the 52nd episode of the StackOverflow podcast — our one year anniversary — where Joel and Jeff discuss the launch of Server Fault, how you determine if your code is smelly (or just aromatic), how programmers learn by doing, and how good ideas are often too crazy to copy until it’s too late.…
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community May 7, 2009

Interesting and Ignored Tags Now Support Wildcards

Today’s new feature will be useful for those of you who happen to have a lot of ignored and/or interesting tags. You can now use the asterisk to set up wildcard matches, rather than having to laboriously construct a list of every single tag as before. This was a fairly highly voted request on UserVoice,…
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community May 6, 2009

Stack Overflow Moderator Voting Now Open

As mentioned on March 20th, we are looking for a new Stack Overflow moderator to be chosen by the Stack Overflow community itself. I walked through the first 30 comments to that post and gathered up the nominations (except the self-nominations and those who recused themselves), and voting is now open: http://stackoverflow.com/users/vote-moderator To be eligible…
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background May 2, 2009

Joel Talks About Stack Overflow at Google

On April 24th, Joel Spolsky gave a talk at Google on Stack Overflow. The talk was recorded and is available for viewing on YouTube. The talk highlights how, from the very beginning, we designed Stack Overflow to be a destination page for web search. We explicitly optimize for “drive-by” programmers who type a problem into…
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beta April 30, 2009

Server Fault Private Beta begins

We’re launching the Server Fault private beta tonight. What is Server Fault? Server Fault is for system administrators and IT professionals, people who manage or maintain computers in a professional capacity. If you are in charge of … servers networks many desktop PCs (other than your own) … then you’re in the right place to…
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beta April 30, 2009

Google’s OpenIDs are Unique Per-Domain

If you’ve been trying to log in to the serverfault.com private beta and haven’t been able to, here’s probably why: You use Google’s (otherwise excellent) OpenID support on Stack Overflow. As we just discovered, Google’s OpenIDs are unique per-domain. Thus, the OpenID string key “fingerprint” that we use to identify you on Stack Overflow is…
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company April 29, 2009

Podcast #51

This is the 51st episode of the Stack Overflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff sit down with Joel’s business partner, Michael Pryor of Fog Creek Software, at Stack Overflow world HQ (i.e., Jeff’s house) in El Cerrito, California. At my home, Joel discovers my secret clock fetish. I have a pong clock, a nixie clock,…
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community April 29, 2009

Handling Duplicate Questions

As we get more and more questions in Stack Overflow, the issue of duplicate questions becomes more pressing. The odds of any question being a duplicate, however small, increases with the total number of questions in the system. So it’s worth considering: what makes a question an exact duplicate? As I see it, there are…
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community April 26, 2009

Joke Questions: Please Refrain

The problem of joke questions has come up more than a few times now, so it’s worth going over how we will handle them. In a nutshell, please do not post joke questions. What do I mean by joke question? It’s a question that.. Looks authentic, but is a parody of a real question. Describes…
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company April 23, 2009

Podcast #50

This is the 50th episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff sit down with Steve Yegge of Google and the most excellent Stevey’s Blog Rants. This episode was recorded on site at the Kirkland, Washington Google office, where Joel gave a talk earlier in the day. A brief discussion about the APL language,…
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community April 23, 2009

Comments: Top n Shown

You’ll notice that the top 5 comments are now shown under each question or answer. If you want to see all the comments, or add a comment of your own, clicking will load the rest and reveal the comment entry box. The flagging and voting tools are still there for each comment, but require a…
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