Monthly Archives: April 2010

background April 29, 2010

Do Trilogy Sites Need a “Third Place”?

When people ask me what mistakes we made in building Stack Overflow, near the top of the list is not acknowledging the need for a meta-discussion site earlier. That is, a place for people to discuss Stack Overflow itself. I resisted this for the longest time, relegating meta topics to UserVoice, because I didn’t see…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company April 26, 2010

Podcast #87

Joel and Jeff sit down with our new community coordinator, Robert Cartaino, to record a “bonus” podcast discussing the future of Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange 2.0. We hired Robert Cartaino as a full time community coordinator to act as both city planner, sociologist, and programmer with deep technical background. He will be pivotal in…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community April 26, 2010

New Linked Posts

We just added a Linked sidebar to the question page. Here’s an example from the current Super User question Now that MS Money is going away, what are the best competitive options? The Linked sidebar is very straightforward: it gathers up any links to this question provided by the community via comments, answers, or questions,…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background April 24, 2010

Hanselminutes: The Future of Stack Overflow

The future of Stack Overflow is highly intertwingled with Stack Exchange 2.0. We want to transfer some of the “smart users who will answer anything!” community around Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User to Stack Exchange 2.0. Let’s figure out what sites we as a community want to exist, and make them happen —…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background April 23, 2010

Stack Overflow and DVCS

As of today, Stack Overflow is now officially using a distributed version control system. Specifically, Mercurial, as hosted through Fog Creek’s Kiln service. While we weren’t unhappy with Subversion, we weren’t married to it, and we needed to switch anyway so we can easily share code with the team in NYC. There’s nothing quite as…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background April 19, 2010

Welcome Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00005

As we embark upon the next phase of the Stack Overflow adventure — much of which is documented in Stack Exchange 2.0 — we realized that we desperately, desperately needed someone whose full time job is to engage with the community. Both on a technical level and on a human level. I’m pleased to announce…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community April 16, 2010

Just Another Brick in the (Computer History) Wall

Stack Overflow is planning to buy a brick in the Computer History Museum wall. It’s for a good cause — the Computer History Museum is one of my favorite places on Earth, and it should be on the bucket list of any self respecting computer geek. But more importantly .. what should our 6 line,…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background April 13, 2010

OpenID, One Year Later

We made a few key technology bets when we created Stack Overflow: OpenID Markdown ASP.NET MVC I covered Markdown, One Year Later in an earlier post, and now I’d like to turn my attention to the first item in the list: OpenID. After spending nearly two years with OpenID as our decentralized, open login mechanism,…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company April 13, 2010

Changes to Stack Exchange

Like the small-town mayor who suddenly finds herself running an entire state, our ambitions for Stack Overflow keep growing. Our original idea of making the Internet a better place to get expert answers to your programming questions suddenly seemed too small. Programming questions? We asked. Why just programming questions? Why not every question under the…
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Co-founder & Former Chairman of the Board
community April 6, 2010

New 10k Feature: Inline Tagging

We’ve had inline tagging as a moderator-only feature for quite a while, and it’s been fairly stable, so we decided to roll it out to all users with 10,000 reputation or more. If you have the requisite 10k reputation, just mouse over the tags on any question page, and an “edit tags” menu item will…
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Co-Founder (Former)