Yearly Archives: 2009

background August 21, 2009

Browsers and Screen Size on Stack Overflow

The question occasionally comes up: what web browsers do Stack Overflow users tend to use? Here’s a quick look at our Analytics data from June 1st – August 19th. Firefox 50.53% Internet Explorer 29.12% Chrome 9.04% Safari 7.33% Opera 2.44% Mozilla 1.15% Konqueror 0.10% Note that within Internet Explorer, the breakdown is 45% IE7, 29%…
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company August 18, 2009

Super User Now Public

After a month long semi-private beta, Super User is now open to the public! It’s exciting to complete the trilogy (and even have our own Christmas Special). Now brace yourselves for a massive influx of ewoks. They’re too cute to be angry with! Remember, Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you…
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community August 17, 2009

Congratulations Super User Moderators!

After a brief informal nomination period by the existing moderators, and a small impromptu vote on meta, we’ve settled on our three Super User community moderators: Congratulations to TheTXI, splattne, and Diago! They are all that is standing between us and an endless armada of Ewoks, so wish them luck, and try to support them…
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company August 13, 2009

Podcast #65

In this episode of the podcast, Joel and Jeff discuss lessons from a year of building Stack Overflow, the mysteries of COBOL, some YSlow website optimizations, and magic numbers. What have we learned in a year of building Stack Overflow? If someone wanted to design a system like Stack overflow, I’d give them these two…
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background August 12, 2009

Stack Overflow and Doctype

Remember our League of (web) Justice? Well, I’m pleased to announce we have recruited another superhero into our league: Doctype. What is Doctype? Doctype is a free question and answer site for web designers. You can get fast solutions to your CSS, HTML, web design and email design problems. For each question, Doctype can generate…
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background August 10, 2009

Coming Soon: Trilogy Stickers

As mentioned on the podcast, we’re working on Stack Overflow Trilogy stickers. I just placed the order with websticker, in fact, and here are the proofs: And because we fully support members of our League of (web) Justice, I ordered some for our fellow league member, How-To Geek, as well. (all stickers are 4 1/2″…
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background August 9, 2009

A Few Speed Improvements

Over the weekend, we rolled out a few speed improvements to the Stack Overflow engine. First, we did a quick pass with ANTS Profiler (which is great, by the way) and identified a few places where redundant or unnecessary database queries slipped into our code. We like to do this every few months on common…
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company August 6, 2009

Podcast #64

Joel and Jeff discuss the disappointment of Google AdSense, the difference in skillset between programmers and testers, and the value of standards groups to working programmers. If you have feedback for Stack Exchange (still scheduled for beta by September 1st), please leave it on meta.stackoverflow.com under the Stack Exchange tag. The speaker list for Stack…
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background August 1, 2009

One Year of Stack Overflow

It was one year ago today that the Stack Overflow private beta started. The first question was asked at 21:42 on July 31st, 2008. Which means we’ve been doing this thing in public for a full year now — it’s a Stack Overflow birthday! Some stats for our first year: Three new “family” sites have…
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community July 31, 2009

Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day!

Today, July 31, 2009, is the 10th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day! There’s a rather nice definition of the term sysadmin on the page, so if you’ve ever wondered who the target audience is for Server Fault — have a read: A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating…
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company July 30, 2009

Podcast #63

In this episode of the podcast, Joel and Jeff discuss the Mythical Man Month problem, keeping communication in check, Windows 7, and web scaling. Joel is fielding his largest team ever at Fog Creek — 9 programmers, 2 testers, and 2 program managers. They only have 10 usable weeks in the summer to build a…
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