Yearly Archives: 2010

community July 27, 2010

Moderator Pro Tempore

There’s a bit of a leadership vacuum inside the new Stack Exchange communities in public beta. We’ve put a lot of responsibility on each group to take ownership of their own site. The Stack Exchange team can act as guide, but we don’t always have the domain knowledge to understand the needs of each group.…
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Director of Community Development (former)
community July 22, 2010

New Per-Site Metas

If you’ve been following our new Stack Exchange 2.0 private and public betas, you may have noticed that every new website launches with its own dedicated meta site. If we’ve learned anything (and I personally had to learn this lesson by having it beaten into me), it is that meta-discussion is an absolutely integral part…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
company July 19, 2010

Jin on Hanselminutes

Our designer in residence, Jin Yang, was on episode #222 of Hanselminutes. This is now the fifth time someone from Stack Overflow has been on Hanselminutes: Show #152 with Jeff, Jarrod and Geoff on Stack Overflow Show #175 with Jeff Atwood on optimizing your website Show #211 with Jeff Atwood on Stack Exchange Show #212…
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Co-Founder (Former)
beta July 14, 2010

Third Place Chat Beta Preview

Remember that third place concept I brought up a few months ago? We’re ready to give community insiders a chance to check out what Stack Overflow Valued Associates #00006 and #00007 have been working so hard on. For the next 3 days, we’ll be running a public beta sneak preview of our proposed “third place”…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background July 13, 2010

Domain Names

Let’s say, just hypothetically, that you wanted to learn how to bake a cake. So you go to the bookstore and you have a choice of two books. There’s a generic yellow book that is part of a series: And there’s another book that stands by itself… it doesn’t look like a part of a…
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Co-founder & Chairman of the Board
community July 12, 2010

Improvements to Badge System

Remember our old pal Sam Saffron? He’s been toiling away on a feature that has been heavily requested for over a year now — associating badges with the posts they were earned on. As of now, every new badge award — and most historically awarded badges — will tell you exactly why you got that…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community July 11, 2010

Summer 2010 Moderator Appointments

Due to a continual and ever-growing stream of moderator flags on the classic trilogy — and a desire to be respectful of the time our existing community moderators are so generously contributing to our community — I recently proposed on meta that we add moderators to each classic trilogy site: Stack Overflow (came in 3rd…
Avatar for Jeff Atwood
Co-Founder (Former)
community July 10, 2010

The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta

Groups have an amazing ability to self organize — not by following rules or hierarchies of authority, but through basic human nature. Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a spontaneous brainstorming session with a group of colleagues? Sometimes you just know that you’re at the start of something big — something important…
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Director of Community Development (former)
company July 9, 2010

Stack Exchange on Herding Code

I was invited to participate again on the latest Herding Code podcast. This is my second appearance on Herding Code — you may recall I was originally on the show way, way back in August 2008! Where the original podcast was about Stack Overflow, the site, this one is generally about Stack Exchange, the network.…
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Co-Founder (Former)
api July 8, 2010

Stack Exchange API 1.0 Imminent

Remember that totally awesome Stack Exchange API contest we announced on May 23rd? Specifically, one of the rules of the contest? Your app must work against the final, 1.0 released version of the API. We’ll give you at least a week’s notice here on the blog when that’s closer to happening. Well, if you’re planning…
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Co-Founder (Former)
area51 July 7, 2010

Area 51: First Public Beta

We just released our first Stack Exchange 2.0 site into public beta: Web Applications Q&A site for experts and advanced users of web applications.Web Apps was one of the hottest proposals from the earliest days of Area 51 so there’s little doubt that this site will be huge. After a one-week private beta, the site…
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Director of Community Development (former)