Yearly Archives: 2011

community February 2, 2011

Moderator Messages

First, a quick update on the Stack Exchange moderator election schedule. Ending today, so get those votes in! Ending soon: Just started: Coming soon, in this order, at 3 per week: (Feb 7) (Feb 7) (Feb 7) (Feb 14) (Feb 14)…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community January 28, 2011

Stack Overflow Search — Now 81% Less Crappy

Google has ruined search for everyone. By that I mean they have done it so long, so fast, and so well — despite the recent speed bump — that users simply expect everyone’s search to be as good as Google’s. And that is … challenging. Particularly considering Google is an enormous company now, with server…
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Co-Founder (Former)
area51 January 28, 2011

Area 51 Gets Organized. Let’s Talk!

Dust off your tuxedo; notify the paparazzi. You are invited to the hottest ribbon-cutting ceremony this side of Rovio. Stack Exchange is launching the long-awaited Discussion Zone of Area 51! The Discussion Zone is similar to a meta forum where users can bandy about proposal ideas, discuss promotions, and decide how to best mix and match these…
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Director of Community Development (former)
background January 24, 2011

State of the Stack 2010 (a message from your CEO)

2010 was an absolutely amazing year here at Stack Overflow. We grew from 7 million visitors to over 16 million, putting us in Quantcast’s top 400. We raised $6 million in venture capital, and we went from three full time employees to 27. We built a 7500 square foot office in New York, and we…
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Co-founder & Former Chairman of the Board
community January 24, 2011

Stack Exchange 2011 Elections Begin

After running a beta community moderator election on math.stackexchange, and launching 2011 community moderator elections on the trilogy sites, we are now rolling out community moderator elections to all the public Stack Exchange 2.0 sites. When we selected Moderators Pro Tempore on the public beta sites, we tried to be quite clear that the eventual…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community January 22, 2011

Free Vote-Based Advertising Launches Third Round

The start of the new year brings with it another round of our Free Vote-Based Advertising for Open Source Projects. The ads from the last round have been retired to make room for new ads for the first half of 2011. This is the third round of our program. For the past year, Stack Overflow…
company January 19, 2011

Trilogy 2011 Elections Begin

After vetting the new, improved election process on we’re ready for the next big step: 2011 community moderator elections on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I’d make a great community moderator!” — now is your chance to nominate yourself: Don’t worry —…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background January 17, 2011

Welcome Valued Associate Nick Larsen

2011 is starting off with a bang! I’m excited to announce that Nick Larsen has joined the Stack Overflow team in our NYC headquarters. Nick relocated from Atlanta, GA with his lovely wife Mary Paige, a graphic designer, and their rescued dachshund Maddy, a nap enthusiast. They’re settling into their new apartment on the Upper…
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Director of Marketing (former)
community January 17, 2011

Real Questions Have Answers

In Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, we made a pretty solid first stab at defining a constructive subjective question, one that I’ve been happy with so far. Constructive subjective questions: inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”. tend to have long, not short, answers. have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone. invite sharing experiences over opinions.…
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Co-Founder (Former)
cc-wiki-dump January 16, 2011

Creative Commons Data Dump Jan ’11

IMPORTANT: This torrent was originally uploaded incomplete. Our apologies. If you downloaded it before ~ 8 pm Pacific on January 16th, 2011, you should re-download it now. The correct size is > 3 GB; anything smaller is incorrect. The latest version of the Stack Exchange Creative Commons Data Dump is now available. This reflects all…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community January 14, 2011

Improved Flagging

We’ve had a Craigslist-inspired post flagging system in place since the middle of 2009. But we haven’t improved it much since then, and given the recent influx of traffic, we are struggling to keep up while educating question askers and educating answerers. There’s no way even the most avid community moderator could possibly keep tabs…
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Co-Founder (Former)