Jeff Atwood

community June 29, 2010

Server Fault: Hiring From the Community

Remember when I talked about Eating Our Own Careers Dogfood? Well, that applies to all of our sites, not just Stack Overflow. Including Server Fault. I’m pleased to announce we’re expanding our team on the System Administrator side with Server Fault user Kyle Brandt. (yes, technically this means Kyle is Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00009,…
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cc-wiki-dump June 25, 2010

Stack Exchange Data Explorer Open Sourced

As promised, the Stack Exchange Data Explorer — a web-based tool for querying our creative commons data — is now open source! This is, of course, the project that our newest Valued Associate, Sam Saffron, has been working so hard on over the last 6-8 weeks. The project is hosted at Google Code in a…
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background June 25, 2010

Welcome Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00008

I’d like to introduce Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00008 — Sam Saffron. Sam is from Australia, yes, that Australia, but I’ve forgiven the continent. Well, mostly. Sam, in addition to being an avid participant on Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Overflow, has been busy building stuff. His Media Browser is an open source plugin for…
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background June 23, 2010

Workin On Ur Problemz

If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to see our “workin on ur problemz” Stack Overflow error page … … let me apologize on behalf of our team. I originally found this image in some random image search and added the lolcat caption myself. I’ve often wondered where this image came from, and what sort of…
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community June 19, 2010

Improvements to Bounty System

We originally rolled out the question bounty system in January 2009. It has worked fairly well, in terms of motivating answerers and increasing the connection between askers and answerers. But I think we made some mistakes in being overly strict in our design of the bounty system. Just take a look at some of these…
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cc-wiki-dump June 13, 2010

Introducing Stack Exchange Data Explorer

Everything contributed to the Stack Exchange network of websites is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike. This means it belongs to everyone, and can be freely reused (even commercially!), so long as it is follows our simple rules of attribution. That’s our contract with the community — it’s your generously contributed content that…
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community June 10, 2010

Improved Question Merging

The ability to cast a question deletion vote against a closed question is earned at 10,000 reputation. It was always intended as a tool for getting rid of useless, bottom-of-the barrel type closed question content. But lately we’ve had to deal with a rash of question deletions, some of which I felt destroyed useful answers.…
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background June 9, 2010

Welcome Stack Overflow Valued Associates #00006 and #00007

I’m pleased to announce that Stack Overflow Inc has added two more valued associates to our team: 00006 Marc Gravell, United Kingdom Marc is a long time elected community moderator, C# MVP, and the #2 user on Stack Overflow, as sorted by reputation. Just under some guy I’ve never heard of. 00007 Ben Dumke, Germany…
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community June 8, 2010

Guidelines for Use of our Logo and Name

Since the Stack Exchange API went into public beta, and we started our totally awesome API contest, we’ve run into a bit of self-inflicted confusion: How can I use the Stack Overflow | Server Fault | Super User name and logo in my application? While we had a general “we know proper usage when we…
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community June 7, 2010

New Protected Question Status

At the behest of the Super User moderators, we’ve instituted a new question status of protected. A protected question is like a protected Wikipedia article — it no longer allows additions by anonymous users. Protected questions are indicated in the standard question footer like so: protected by {moderator name} 3 days ago This question is…
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cc-wiki-dump May 31, 2010

Academic Papers Using Stack Overflow Data

One unanticipated benefit of releasing our data as creative commons is that the Stack Overflow dataset has been the subject of several academic papers already: Evolution of Two Sided Markets Ravi Kumar, Yury Lifshits (Yahoo! Research), and Andrew Tomkins (Google) Presented at WSDM 2010, Session 7: Temporal Interaction View Slides Download paper (pdf) Causal Discovery…
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