Yearly Archives: 2012

community June 8, 2012

Election participation badges

The 2012 Stack Overflow moderator election is off to a good start, with 15 candidates and just under three days left for nominations. Elections are a fairly mature feature of Stack Exchange at this point (Role-playing Games has one in progress now as well), but Stack Overflow remains the largest and I dare say most…
Avatar for Josh Heyer
Community Manager (former)
community June 4, 2012

Can Stack Exchange Capitalize on Hot Trends?

Hello. Sam Brand here. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m part of the CHAOS at Stack Exchange. I handle certain “special projects” across the network, oversee syndication, and occasionally poke my head into our communities to make sure our platform works to deliver killer content to the outside world. A couple weeks ago,…
community June 4, 2012

2012 Stack Overflow Community Moderator Election Begins

Hard to believe it’s been only six months since the last moderator election on Stack Overflow… Remember A Theory of Moderation? It talks about how moderators are the “human exception handlers” on Stack Overflow, elected to deal with those rare situations the normal community moderation can’t handle. It also notes: The most common moderator task…
Avatar for Josh Heyer
Community Manager (former)
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community May 22, 2012

Encyclopedia Stack Exchange

Remember this old picture? What’s that “Blog” circle supposed to be about, you ask? WHERE’S THE BLOGGING? Since Stack Overflow launched, we’ve been trying to explain that it’s not just a Q&A platform: it’s also a place where you can publish things that you’ve learned: recipes, FAQs, HOWTOs, walkthroughs, and even bits of product documentation,…
Avatar for Joel Spolsky
Co-founder & Former Chairman of the Board
community May 21, 2012

Revamped Notifications

About a year and half ago we introduced the Global Inbox, that lovely little red number our analytics tell us everybody loves. We’re fiercely protective of the inbox, making sure only actionable things directed at you go into it.  Comments, answers, a handful of post notices, Stack Overflow Careers messages, and the like.  That’s why…
Avatar for Kevin Montrose
Team Lead, Data - Former
area51 April 25, 2012

When a Site Grows Quiet

In the lifecycle of a Stack Exchange site, we’ve long held the philosophy that “it takes as long as it takes” to build a sustainable community: How long can a site stay in beta? The simple answer is, it takes as long as it takes. We’ll wait. If a site needs more activity, go out…
Avatar for Josh Heyer
Community Manager (former)
company April 20, 2012

More Notes on Contest Format

A few months ago, I outlined a contest formula called “Hot Topics,” which has become a staple in CHAOS’s site-promotion efforts. For those who missed that post, Hot Topics initially worked like this:**** Pick a topic of the week, and enter everyone who asks a question related to that topic into a random drawing to…
Avatar for Lauren Gundrum
Community and Growth (Former)
api April 10, 2012

Stack Exchange API V2.0 Contest Winners

About six months ago we began work in earnest on the second version of the Stack Exchange API.  A few months later, after a short private beta, we opened up a public beta with tantalizing prizes. Now it’s time to announce the winners. First Prize – Stack Remote An Android app by Karan M, supporting all…
Avatar for Kevin Montrose
Team Lead, Data - Former
careers March 28, 2012

Careers 2.0 New Features for Hiring Developers

Stack Overflow Careers 2.0 re-launched a year ago, and since then we’ve been steadily making improvements to it. While we’ve added a lot of new features for developers to find great jobs and show off their stuff, we’ve been a bit…neglectful of the employer side. Well, not any more. We’ve just wrapped up a big…
Avatar for David Fullerton
President and Chief Technology Officer (former)