Yearly Archives: 2010

community September 16, 2010

Super User Chat Now Available

As promised, we are slowly rolling out the third place across our network… even for ewoks! In addition to chat.meta.stackoverflow and chat.serverfault we just brought up chat.superuser.com: It’s only appropriate that, after adding per-site metas, we would also add chat to complete three out of four sites in the original “trilogy”. superuser.com Q&A; for computer…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
area51 September 14, 2010

Pruning season

Soon, we’re going to close down one of the 24 Stack Exchange sites that were created over the last two months. Sadly, the Gadgets Stack Exchange will go dark soon. A lot of the questions on that site were about Apple gear and Android gear; those questions can be migrated to the (beta) Apple site,…
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Co-founder & Chairman of the Board
community September 11, 2010

Global Network Auto-Login

We now support automatically logging in to any site in the Stack Exchange network. By that I mean, as long as … You have recently logged in to any Stack Exchange network site You hold an existing account on the target site you’re navigating to You are using the same OpenID credentials … the site…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company September 10, 2010

Server Fault Chat Now Available

As promised, we are slowly rolling out the third place across our network. We started with chat.meta.stackoverflow, and as previously announced on the Server Fault blog, we now have chat.serverfault.com. You may remember we rolled out per-site metas across the entire Stack Exchange network, as well as for Server Fault and Super User, back in…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community September 9, 2010

Announcer, Booster, and Publicist Badges

We just rolled out three new badges to encourage sharing worthy questions: Shared a link to a question that was visited by 25 unique IP addresses in 3 days Shared a link to a question that was visited by 300 unique IP addresses in 4 days Shared a link to a question that was visited…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community September 4, 2010

Customizing stackexchange.com

Remember our shiny new stackexchange.com network hub? Sure you do, it’s right there in the upper left hand corner of every page. Indeed, that’s how you know you’re on a gen-u-winetm Stack Exchange network website. This hub exists for a few reasons: To aggregate the most interesting questions right now across the entire network As…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company September 2, 2010

Fork it!

First, some background. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico… OK, wait a minute, you don’t need that much background. In the beginning there was Stack Overflow. When we set up Stack Overflow, we knew people would use it to ask questions about lots and lots of different programming topics. Instead of the traditional approach,…
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Co-founder & Chairman of the Board
background September 1, 2010

What Happens When You Reach 200k Reputation?

Have you ever wondered what happens when you reach 200,000 reputation? Just ask Jon Skeet. Apparently, what happens is … you get a painting of unicorns, signed by us, dedicated to you. Estimated value? Priceless! Joel and I actually sat down with Mr. Skeet himself to record Stack Overflow podcast #72 during the London leg…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company August 29, 2010

Stack Overflow Sponsors HAProxy

As you can see from our network configuration, HAProxy is a much beloved part of our infrastructure. Willy Tarreau, the author, has been extremely responsive and helpful to us in the past. So when we reached a surprising dead-end in our quest to find a reverse proxy that could block HTTP clients using too much…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community August 27, 2010

New Tag Info Pages

When we rolled out our tag synonym and tag wiki support, I belatedly realized that tags were, completely by accident, third-class citizens in our ecosystem. By that, I mean tags had no real page to themselves. Think about it — if someone asked you about the [java] tag on Stack Overflow, where would you send…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community August 23, 2010

A Recipe to Promote your Site

In The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta we covered what we believe to be the crucial steps in forming a viable Stack Exchange Q&A community. Today we’re going to offer some aggregated advice, both from us and our existing meta communities, on step 7 — How do we promote our site? Share Great Questions…
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Director of Community Development (former)