Yearly Archives: 2009

community September 18, 2009

Help StackExchange With Colors

The first public Stack Exchange sites have surfaced. While the service is still very much in beta, I have to admit I’m deeply disappointed in the color schemes that are being aired in public. I agree with Joel Coehoorn, who posted: I know it’s a demonstration and high-contrast design is not only intentional but also…
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background September 11, 2009

New DNS Provider

Our domain name registrar is GoDaddy. We’ve had a lot of problems with GoDaddy’s handling of DNS, where DNS entries will suddenly appear and disappear at random. Often, changing a completely unrelated DNS record would result in other DNS entries going missing for hours. Extremely frustrating. As a result of many, many bad experiences, over…
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company September 10, 2009

Podcast #67

In this episode of the Stack Overflow podcast, Joel and Jeff discuss the ethics of Craigslist, the pitfalls of customer-installable software, and caching for anonymous web users. If you’d like a Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User sticker, you can now get three! Just send a SASE to Fog Creek software as documented in…
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company September 4, 2009

Load Balancing Stack Overflow

Starting right now, we will be load balancing the Stack Overflow servers — going from one web tier server, to two. This means you may end up on a different server depending on what HAProxy decides the hash of your IP address is. This shouldn’t cause any problems, but … If you notice anything unusual,…
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company September 3, 2009

Podcast #66

In this episode of the Stack Overflow podcast, Joel and Jeff discuss reverse proxies, the pitfalls of self-support communities, and designing for engagement. It is my intent to attend the London and Cambridge DevDays, if my passport comes back in time. Speaking of which, is there anything funnier than a baby’s passport picture? We officially…
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community September 2, 2009

The First Super User With 10k Rep

I sort of dropped the ball on this, but sometime in the last week or two, the first user reached 10,000 reputation on Super User. That user is John T. July 15th was the first day of beta, and John — as of this writing — has 11,232 reputation. That means in about 48 days,…
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background August 28, 2009

In Stickers We Trust

Remember the trilogy stickers I wrote about a while ago? They’ve arrived. All 40,000 of them. Each box was around 22-25 pounds. Here’s a close up of each sticker. They are all about 4 1/2″ wide. Imagine the endless fun you could have with this many stickers! As to how you, yourself, can get hold…
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company August 25, 2009

Yet Another Reason to Dislike France

Joel’s vacation in France is going so very swimmingly that he has declined to participate in the Stack Overflow podcast for yet another week. I’m not one to judge, but apparently Joel loves France more than he loves Stack Overflow. I’m just sayin’. But, maybe we can pull something together sans Joel. There are some…
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community August 23, 2009

New Question Asker Features

In order to increase engagement between the people asking questions and the rest of the community, we’ve rolled out two new features. The first is a “batting average”, if you will. Below the question owner signature block, for non-community-wiki questions, we show the percent of accepted answers for that user. It won’t always appear, though.…
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background August 22, 2009

Us Versus Hyphen

It’s Friday, so that must mean it’s graph day! Here are some graphs I picked completely at random that I’d like to show you. Google Alexa Compete Quantcast No hyphens were harmed in the creation of this blog post. (disclaimer: we have a healthy respect for other websites similar to ours, and we believe the…
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