Yearly Archives: 2012

community September 20, 2012

AskPatents.com: A Stack Exchange To Prevent Bad Patents

We’ve all heard the stories of seemingly trivial patents being used to mug technology companies. There was the patent on the “Interactive Web” which a troll named Eolas used to extract $521 million from Microsoft–until a jury in East Texas threw out the patents. There are the four patents Lodsys is using to send threatening…
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Co-founder & Former Chairman of the Board
company September 6, 2012

Join us for our opening reception of Stack Exchange: Denver!

In case you couldn’t tell, we’re very excited about our new office opening in Denver. And though it’s very tempting to just relax on our new roof deck or over a game of pool, we think something this big calls for an even bigger bash. And we’d like you to be there. Stack Exchange is you, the dedicated…
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Marketing (Former)
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api September 4, 2012

Stack Exchange API V2.1

There’s been a low-key beta of the latest Stack Exchange API revision, V2.1, under way for the last month or so.  I’m happy to announce that it’s official, API V2.1 is public, frozen, and out the door. What’s new in this release? Full Reputation History Notifications Tab Improved Search User Merge history Oh, and our…
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Team Lead, Data - Former
company August 21, 2012

Stack Exchange Machine Learning Contest

Over the last 4 years we’ve built up quite a bevy of moderation tools here at Stack Exchange.  We’ve got closing, editing, deleting, flags of all sorts, voting, commenting, review queues, and more. These all work great, but they all require action after a post is made. This is a lot of work for the…
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Team Lead, Data - Former
community August 8, 2012

Stack Exchange is not a forum: the role of “niceness” on a Q&A site

It’s been a few weeks now since Joel kicked off our “summer of love”. There’ve been some excellent discussions in the blog comments and on Meta, and we’ve tried to present some hard data on how objectively “nice” we are. But it’s high time to talk about what place “niceness” really has on Stack Exchange.…
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Community Manager (former)
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background August 2, 2012

Stack Exchange: now 60 Valued Associates strong!

Holy smokes… It’s been over three and a half years since Jeff recruited Valued Associate #00002 to work full-time on building Stack Overflow. In that time, a lot has changed. Jeff’s moved on to teasing us with his next project, Jarrod’s gone from spending his days knee-deep in code to managing the Core dev team…
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Community Manager (former)
community July 31, 2012

The Hunting of the Snark

You can’t fix what you can’t measure, so the first thing we did as a part of our Summer of Love campaign was try to measure friendliness in an objective and repeatable way. We gathered 7000 comments from Stack Overflow and submitted them to Mechanical Turk. For each comment, we asked 20 people to rate…
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Co-founder & Former Chairman of the Board
community July 23, 2012

Week 2 of the Summer of Love: Researching Comments

The quality of the Q&A on Stack Overflow continues to outshine any other on the Internet – thanks to the awesome community. Like any community, unspoken rules eventually become expectations. In the previous post in this series, Joel talks about how the community developed its own set of rules and norms that new recruits simply…
community July 20, 2012

Kicking off the Summer of Love

It’s summer here at StackHQ. Have a flower! You’re welcome. Now on to some serious work. Can we talk about cultural anthropology for a minute? I’d like to talk about what happens when a community (online or off) gets to be about… oh, three or four years old. Every community starts out needing to recruit…
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Co-founder & Former Chairman of the Board
community June 26, 2012

Welcome to the Arqade: Rebranding a Successful Site

Question: What do Stack Overflow, Super User, and Server Fault have in common that most of the sites on our network don’t? Answer: A unique brand. It’s no coincidence that our three largest sites happen to have their own brands. Unique domain names are more memorable than the subdomains that cover most of our network, which…
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Community and Growth (Former)