Yearly Archives: 2009

company May 30, 2009

Improved Email Notifications

In addition to our previous email support, we now offer question owners the ability to receive email notifications of new answers to individual questions. It’s a new option at the bottom of any question you’ve asked: Ticking this box will enable global email notifications in your account preferences, and entering an email address here is…
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company May 28, 2009

Podcast #55

This is the 55th episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff discuss killer IDEs, how much interview feedback is appropriate (for both parties), and how to teach young programmers who think they know it all. Server Fault has launched! If you’re a sysadmin or IT pro type, please join us there. You may…
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beta May 27, 2009

Server Fault Public Beta Launches

Q: How do geeks know it’s a holiday? A: Because the Google logo changed. Yes, I said we’d launch Server Fault on the 25th, completely missing the fact that the 25th happens to be Memorial Day, a major holiday that most businesses observe, at least here in the United States. Hopefully everyone had a very…
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background May 21, 2009

Welcome Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00003

I am pleased to announce that Stack Overflow just added another team member in an officially paid capacity: Geoff Dalgas. Geoff and I met on a customer site in 1996. Here was this crazy kid, in charge of all the computer stuff at a government facility, who knew more about the computers and custom software…
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company May 21, 2009

Podcast #54

This is the 54th episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff discuss bespoke software development, URL routing, the God Algorithm, and getting your database under version control. We need to talk to you about your flair. Specifically, your User Flair! It’s a small badge you can embed in your own website to show…
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community May 20, 2009

Linking Duplicate Questions

Today’s update completes another top-rated UserVoice request — making it easier to explicitly link duplicate questions together. There are lots of small improvements that go with this build. We now show the current close vote count in the close menu, so you have some idea why the other 3k+ rep users think this question should…
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community May 19, 2009

Welcome New Community Moderators

The Stack Overflow moderator election is now complete. There were two users who clearly ran away from the pack in the voting: Marc Gravell and Bill the Lizard. Between the two of them, they accounted for almost a third of all the 2,880 votes cast. It was a tough choice determining such a close race…
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community May 18, 2009

A Theory of Moderation

We believe deeply in community moderation. That’s why we appoint Pro Tempore Moderators and, ideally, democratically elected community moderators for every site in our network. But what do community moderators do? The short answer is, as little as possible! From the very first version of Stack Overflow faq way back in mid-2008, our goal has…
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community May 17, 2009

Server Fault Public Beta Nears

The Server Fault private beta is going well; it looks like the Server Fault public beta will begin May 25th. It’s been challenging to find the right community for Server Fault, which is intended for IT professionals and System Administrators. Launching Stack Overflow, a site for programmers, was much easier in comparison, because Joel Spolsky…
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community May 15, 2009

Now Earn Valuable Flair!

You know what you need? Besides a haircut, I mean? More flair. STAN I need to talk about your flair. JOANNA Really? I have 15 buttons on. I, uh, (shows him) STAN Well, ok, 15 is minimum, ok? JOANNA Ok. STAN Now, it’s up to you whether or not you want to just do the…
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company May 14, 2009

Podcast #53

This is the 53rd episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff sit down with Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster to discuss the shifting sands of Apple and Microsoft APIs, the value of software development conferences, intuition versus empiricism for developers, and “parrot programming”. Like all the coolest developers, Wil wrote a web browser.…
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