Yearly Archives: 2011

community January 12, 2011

Twitter Question Feeds for Stack Exchange

If you ever listened to our sadly defunct podcast, you probably heard about Twitter … a lot. I’ve been a longtime user (since 2007) and I was always surprised how much utility I got out of the thing. Even Joel Spolsky, a longtime skeptic of the service, is a believer now. We decided to create…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community January 11, 2011

Tag Favorites and Tag Subscriptions

There is now a small, informative tooltip that appears when you hover your mouse on a tag. The primary goal is to make it easier to follow a particular tag: Click subscribe to receive a daily email summary of new questions in this tag. Click again to unsubscribe. Of course, every email we send will…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background January 11, 2011

Survey Says

In December we launched the Stack Overflow Annual User Survey in order to measure the user demographics that Google Analytics can’t provide us with. Finding out the user demographics became necessary due to the growth that Stack Overflow had in 2010. Of the 2,813 surveys started, 2,532 were completed, for a completion rate of 90%!…
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Director of Marketing (former)
community January 8, 2011

How to Say Thanks in an Answer

After successfully implementing assistance for new askers, we’d like to do the same thing for new answerers. So we’ve been analyzing characteristics of answers by new users to determine what makes an answer fundamentally good or bad. One strong predictor of a poor quality answer may surprise you: the presence of the words thank or…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community January 5, 2011

The Wikipedia of Long Tail Programming Questions

Have you ever noticed how certain questions come up again and again on Stack Overflow sites? Oh look, my PC is freezing. Should I use SELECT *? Oh, and, how can I host a server from home? Really, people, do you want to be answering these same questions ten years from now? How about when…
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Co-founder & Chairman of the Board
background January 4, 2011

Welcome Valued Associate Rebecca Chernoff

I’m pleased to announce that we’re kicking off 2011 with even more new blood on the team, including Rebecca Chernoff. Rebecca will be working remotely for us from Missouri, in a hybrid role of technical evangelist and community coordinator. If you’ve spent any time at all on our network — and in particular on our…
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Co-Founder (Former)
background January 4, 2011

Welcome Valued Associate Nick Craver

I’m pleased to announce that we’re kicking off 2011 with some new blood on the team, starting with Nick Craver. Nick will be working remotely for us from North Carolina. Nick is an old friend of Jarrod Dixon, so he comes highly recommended. Jarrod always told me how great Nick was, and although I implicitly…
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Co-Founder (Former)