The Overflow #18: Changing traffic patterns

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The Overflow.

April 2020

Welcome to ISSUE #18 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week, stay in the Loop with our feedback frameworks, remembering John Conway's achievements, and the CEO who moved to the ER.

From the blog

The Loop: Feedback frameworks stackoverflow.blog After speaking with subject matter experts, we decided to take a step back. In this post, we list and organize our methods of feedback into a matrix. The goal is to offer a clear framework to follow and to identify areas that could use bolstering with alternative methods.

How the pandemic changed traffic trends from 400M visitors across all our Stack Exchange sites stackoverflow.blog The world has changed a lot in the last three months. As we adjust to this new reality, we are seeing interesting new traffic trends and community efforts across our network of sites.

Podcast 228: Chatting with Stack Overflow’s community developers stackoverflow.blog On this episode of the podcast, we chat with two of the Stack Overflow developers working on our public sites and community tools.

Tools employees of Stack Overflow rely on for remote work event.on24.com How does the team at Stack Overflow stay connected and power one of the 40 most popular websites in the world? Get a glimpse into the tools Stack Overflow remote employees rely on for collaboration in our upcoming webinar on May 5 at 2pm EDT.

Interesting questions

Found a good question or answer? Tweet us with the hashtag #StackOverflowKnows or leave a comment on Facebook. We’ll include our favorites in the future.

Conway's lesser-known results mathoverflow.net Besides inventing The Game of Life, the recently departed John Conway also invented the filing cabinet.

Why is the left-hand seat so important? aviation.stackexchange.com The same reason Americans aren't driving stick shift in London.

What happens if a USB device draws more power than its hub can provide? superuser.com Halt or catch fire.

Clean Architecture: Should each view have its own presenter and viewmodel? softwareengineering.stackexchange.com "Views should not do real work. They should be stripped of interesting logic."

Is the COVID-19 pandemic curve a Gaussian curve? stats.stackexchange.com "Despite the cartoon conveying a useful public health message about the need to flatten the curve, actual epidemic curves are frequently skewed to the right, with long thin tails."

Links from around the web

Heroes of the pandemic: Former CEO of RadioShack now an ER doctor on frontlines of COVID-19 fight nationalpost.com The former CEO of RadioShack, who was responsible for countless people getting excited about electronics, now is an ER doctor saving countless lives. How's that for a hero??

Testable back-end programming in F# dev.to If you're interested in functional programming and testing back-ends built with it, here's a great post about the "Update Model Perform" pattern for doing so!

Stop using client-side route redirects kentcdodds.com Client-side routing has all sorts of solutions now, but one take that is worth hearing about is this: doing all of your redirects on the server. This avoids confusing HTTP codes and other gotchas, discussed further in this article from Kent C Dodds.

Building Documentation Sites with the JAMstack stackbit.com You've been putting it off, but now's as good a time as any to re-write your docs! Here's a great look at how to build a documentation site with Jamstack and several options for technologies to choose from.

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