Yearly Archives: 2009

community July 13, 2009

Reversal and Pundit Badges

Two new badges today: Reversal Provided an answer upvoted 20 or more times to a question that was downvoted 5 or more times. (gold) Pundit Left 10 comments with a score of 10 or more. (silver) I think I’ve discussed the Stack Overflow philosophy of badges ad nauseam by now, but the Reader’s Digest condensed…
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background July 10, 2009

This Just In: Stack Overflow Defeats Google

We knew in our hearts this day would come: Stack Overflow has defeated Google! On July 2, from 6:45 AM PDT until 12:35 PM PDT, Google App Engine (App Engine) experienced an outage that ranged from partial to complete. Following is a timeline of events, an analysis of the technology and process failures, and a…
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background July 6, 2009

Are you a human being?

Ever had one of these days? Are you a human being? We apologize for the confusion, but we can’t quite tell if you’re a person or a script. Please don’t take this personally. Bots and scripts can be remarkably lifelike these days! Enter the CAPTCHA displayed below, and we’ll be out of your way. If…
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company July 5, 2009

Database Server Upgrade — 48 GB

We are currently upgrading the database server to 48 GB of memory, which also means we have to upgrade the operating system, too. Should be done in about an hour. OK, this is complete. Our database server not only has 48 GB of memory installed, but has access to all of that memory. Finally. And…
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community July 4, 2009

Welcome New Server Fault Moderator

Last week, the first user reached 10,000 reputation on Server Fault. That user is splattne. I had already noticed Stefan from his high quality contributions to Stack Overflow and Twitter, where he seems like a genuinely nice guy and a true geek like us. So when he passed the magical 10k mark, I felt comfortable…
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company July 2, 2009

Podcast #60

This is the 60th episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff discuss the value (or lack thereof) of meta-discussion, how much “big iron” popular websites need, and whether code forking is sometimes inevitable. A discussion of our newly launched outlet for meta-discussion at meta.stackoverflow.com. We view this as a pressure release valve. Why…
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beta July 2, 2009

Logo Contest Winner for superuser.com

The logo design contest for superuser.com is now complete. The voting results helped inform our final decision: At the time that screenshot was taken, we had 2,303 votes — but the relative percentages were remarkably stable over time. Two clear leaders. The final winner we decided on was Mogeek, with entry #425 (a late entry!).…
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community June 30, 2009

superuser.com Logo Vote

The logo design contest for superuser.com is coming to a close. There are a number of solid contenders, and I’ve already solicited input from the team and friends. But now I want to know what you think. So I put it up to a quick visual poll — click through to vote! (if you think…
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community June 28, 2009

C’Mon Get Meta!

What’s the first rule of Stack Overflow Club? You don’t talk about Stack Overflow on Stack Overflow. We have this policy not because we are jerks (or at least, not just because we are jerks) but because we believe meta-discussion kind of gets in the way. As the faq explains: Also, try to refrain from…
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community June 26, 2009

Enthusiast and Fanatic Badges

We really like the guys at woot!, and not just because they’re paying us to say that as a launch sponsor of Server Fault. The woot team consists of developers and sysadmins like us, who happen to deal with some hard-core scaling problems. Such as scripters who slam their site hundreds of times a second.…
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cc-wiki-dump June 25, 2009

Attribution Required

All the content contributed to Stack Overflow or other Stack Exchange sites is cc-wiki (aka cc-by-sa) licensed, intended to be shared and remixed. We even provide all our data as a convenient data dump, seeded by us. But our cc-wiki licensing, while intentionally permissive, does require attribution. Attribution — You must attribute the work in…
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