Jeff Atwood

community December 17, 2010

Introducing programmers.stackexchange.com

One of the more popular Stack Exchange beta sites just came out of beta with a final public design: programmers.stackexchange.com Now watch closely as I read your mind. I don’t get it! What’s the difference between Programmers and Stack Overflow? I’m so glad you asked! In a nutshell, Stack Overflow is for when you’re front…
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background December 15, 2010

Stack Overflow 2010 Analytics

As we approach the end of the year, I thought I’d roll up some statistics that people occasionally ask about. As a baseline — per Quantcast, the Stack Exchange Network is ranked #364 in overall USA network traffic, and Stack Overflow itself is ranked #598. These numbers are from Google Analytics for the period of…
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cc-wiki-dump December 13, 2010

Re-Launching Stack Exchange Data Explorer

Since we launched the Stack Exchange Data Explorer in June, we’ve been actively maintaining it and making small improvements to it. But there is one big change — as of today, the site has permanently moved from odata.stackexchange.com to data.stackexchange.com If you’re wondering what the heck this thing is, do read the introductory blog post,…
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area51 December 9, 2010

Talkative and Precognitive Badges

Our core functionality, as always, is Q&A; — asking great questions and providing great answers. You could certainly go months or years without ever needing to visit anything beyond the main site. But that’d be a shame. Chat – Our Third Place Did you know that real time web chat is a standard “out of…
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community December 2, 2010

Stack Exchange Moderator Elections Begin

Back in July, we appointed Moderators Pro Tempore for the nascent Stack Exchange 2.0 communities. Leadership is critical to any community’s success, and the bootstrapping of a community often requires those leaders to be appointed before the community is large enough or organized enough to elect them itself. Our fellow moderators Pro Tempore have been…
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community November 29, 2010

The Pee-Wee Herman Rule

I recently had a long discussion on gaming meta regarding “Help me remember this game” questions. I’ll spare you all the gory details; my general conclusion was this: If we get an excellent user who asks a good, thoughtful [game] identification question and sticks around in our community to participate, then it’s worth allowing it…
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community November 23, 2010

Q&A is Hard, Let’s Go Shopping!

Over the last 2.5 years, we’ve identified a few problematic classes of questions that tend to get asked on our sites. Many of these are documented in our standard set of close reasons: exact duplicate, off-topic, subjective and argumentative, not a real question, and too localized. However, as we launched the great Super User experiment,…
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community November 9, 2010

Stack Overflow Homepage Changes

As I mentioned in The Horror of No Answer: Revival and Necromancer: It’s fine — expected, even — for there to be a “long tail” of questions that are too obscure, too narrow, or just plain unanswerable for whatever reason. Sometimes you have to be patient; it takes the time it takes. But seeing the…
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community November 4, 2010

Tag Sets on Stack Exchange

Over the last few months, we’ve been continually improving our central network hub at stackexchange.com: Launched with reputation leagues, network-wide hot questions, and a global site directory Added the ability to customize which Stack Exchange sites appear in your hot questions Added the ability to search all Stack Exchange sites After a two week public…
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community November 3, 2010

The Horror of No Answer: Revival and Necromancer

On the Stack Exchange network, we define an “unanswered question” as a question with no upvoted answers. This is a very, very strict definition. The way we define it, your question could still technically be unanswered even if it has multiple answers — so long as none of those answers have received their first upvote.…
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