Yearly Archives: 2010

company October 22, 2010

Datacenter Migration Oct. 23

This Saturday, October 23rd, starting at about 2 PM Pacific, we will be migrating all of our primary sites from the Corvallis, OR datacenter to the New York, NY datacenter. Please be advised that this is a major move, and while we will do everything we can to prevent major service interruptions (largely with a…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
area51 October 21, 2010

When Will My Site Graduate?

At 90 days into beta, we’re supposed to evaluate each Area 51 beta site and either “pass” or “fail” them as full Stack Exchange sites. Some sites feel they’re not going to make it. Please do not close GIS SE The Geographic Information Systems SE site has one more day of beta. We are Excellent…
Avatar for Robert Cartaino
Director of Community Development (former)
community October 19, 2010

Vote Early, Vote Often

Have you ever wondered why the vote buttons and score are so prominent on every Stack Exchange question? Putting voting front and center is very much intentional; it is how … good content is voted to the top wrong or incorrect content is voted to the bottom users who consistently provide useful content accrue reputation…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
community October 15, 2010

Stack Overflow Chat Now Live

It seems like only five short months ago we were discussing the value of having a hypothetical “Third Place” for our network: The third place is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
careers October 14, 2010

The Best Damn Careers Site

Last week I was at Business of Software 2010 (which was totally awesome by the way) and ended up talking to a number of people about Careers. One of them said: “This is great, but why don’t we hear more about this?” And he was right… It’s been a while since we blogged anything about…
community October 14, 2010

New Question Migration Paths

Several Area 51 sites have made it from being mere proposals to vibrant, thriving websites. Namely, webapps, gaming, ubuntu, webmasters, and very soon, cooking. And we’re about to have a heck of a lot more sites come out of beta. Thus, we need to handle migration of questions from site to site in a more…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
area51 October 13, 2010

Stack Exchange Naming for Dummies

A while ago, I wrote: “Individually-branded sites felt more authentic and trustworthy. We thought that letting every Stack Exchange site have its own domain name, visual identity, logo, and brand would help the community feel more coherent. After all, nobody wants to say that they live in Housing Block 2938TC.” Well, funny thing… that didn’t…
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Co-founder & Former Chairman of the Board
community October 13, 2010

Millionth Stack Overflow Question

At about 9:26 PM Pacific time, on October 12th, 2010, the millionth question was asked on Stack Overflow. And then promptly closed. This of course calls for a celebration. There was an informal meta Contest to predict date and time that stackoverflow will eclipse 1,000,000 questions — once the community decides who the winner is,…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
community October 11, 2010

Ubuntu Stack Exchange is

We’re pleased to announce that, in partnership with Canonical, Ltd, has become Ask Ubuntu. We’re excited to see this come to fruition, because: Our mission is “let’s make the internet better”; that’s strikingly similar in scope to Canonical’s mission. It underscores the spirit of both Ubuntu and Stack Overflow in that we can all…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
company October 9, 2010

Stack Overflow Outage

As you may have noticed many of Stack Overflow’s websites suffered some down time today from 6am EDT for about an hour and is still offline for maintenance. Our collocation provider in Oregon experienced an unexpected UPS failure that caused us to lose power. Once they were able to restore power Geoff, who was already on…
Avatar for Kyle Brandt
Director of Site Reliability (former)
community October 8, 2010

Search All Stack Exchange Sites

For as long as we’ve been working on Stack Overflow, we’ve been telling people that web search is our “homepage”. Just to prove it, I dug up our old Project Ask Elevator Pitch from FogBugz — and it’s right there at the top: The above document was last edited April 15th, 2008. Ah, memories… Don’t…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)