Monthly Archives: May 2010

cc-wiki-dump May 31, 2010

Academic Papers Using Stack Overflow Data

One unanticipated benefit of releasing our data as creative commons is that the Stack Overflow dataset has been the subject of several academic papers already: Evolution of Two Sided Markets Ravi Kumar, Yury Lifshits (Yahoo! Research), and Andrew Tomkins (Google) Presented at WSDM 2010, Session 7: Temporal Interaction View Slides Download paper (pdf) Causal Discovery…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company May 26, 2010

One Year of Server Fault

One year ago today, we launched Server Fault — our Q&A; site for professional sysadmins and IT folks. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve launched a new Server Fault specific blog at blog.serverfault.com You can expect to find blog posts there related to us documenting our own efforts of running and scaling our network of websites…
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api May 24, 2010

Stack Exchange API Contest

Update: the contest is officially over, and the results are in! Congratulations to all. Browse the Apps and Libraries Late last week we announced the public beta of the Stack Exchange API — a way to write apps that work with Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, Meta Stack Overflow — and any future Stack…
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company May 24, 2010

Interview with Lead Developer David Fullerton

The last few weeks have felt strangely quiet on Internet landscape of Stack Exchange. There was the big announcement and then all went quiet—little news on the web sites, few blog posts to mention, and the podcasts have been on hiatus. But behind scenes, everything is buzzing. Our internal chat room is stuffed with weeks…
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community May 23, 2010

Generalist Badge Implemented

After a whopping 18 month gestation, we’ve finally implemented the Generalist badge. The Generalist badge works as follows: Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of the top 40 tags. The top 40 tag list is surprisingly diverse across the entire Trilogy. Just check out the top 40 tags (as of this writing)…
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api May 20, 2010

Stack Exchange API Public Beta Starts

Our API private beta is coming to an end, which means it’s time for the API public beta to start. We’ve set up a dedicated site to support the public beta at … stackapps.com It’s called Stack Apps because, well, that’s what it is — a place for applications that run on our “Stack”. You…
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community May 19, 2010

New Automatic Account Association

We’re bringing back a feature we had to put on ice way back when we launched Server Fault*: automatic account association. Due largely to the vagaries of how Google implemented OpenID, we reluctantly made account association a manual process. But not any more. As OpenID has matured, we’ve figured out a way to make it…
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community May 14, 2010

New Top Bugs and Top Requests on Meta

Before we switched to meta.stackoverflow.com, we used UserVoice to track our bugs and requested features. It had a nice leaderboard of the highest voted items which we treated as a sort of de-facto “to-do” list. We did our best to satisfy the top-rated UserVoice requests and work our way down the list. While it is…
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background May 13, 2010

Our Brick in the Computer History Museum Wall

About a month ago I mentioned we were sponsoring the Computer History Museum by buying a ‘terabyte’ brick. The sponsors wall is part of the museum renovation, scheduled to be complete in October. The more professional approach to showing some of the museum’s 100,000 artifacts and hundreds of hours of video footage — most of…
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community May 11, 2010

A Little Steam Giveaway

I occasionally like to give away codes for Steam games via my twitter account, to Trilogy users with 1k+ reputation. It’s my little ad-hoc way of giving directly back to the community, just for fun. Let’s switch it up a bit and see who’s paying attention. Let’s give something away on the blog this time!…
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background May 9, 2010

Joel on This Week in Startups

Joel Spolsky recently appeared on Episode 51 of This Week in Startups (aka TWiST) with Jason Calacanis. Joel’s segment starts at about 23 minutes in. (This is a followup to the Ask Jason segment of This Week in Startups back in February where Joel originally asked about how to approach VC funding in general.) You…
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