Jeff Atwood

community October 4, 2010

Asking Better Questions

As Stack Overflow has grown, it has started to have some decidedly big city problems. The one we are most concerned about is an influx of very low quality questions. While we still believe in editing and improving low-quality questions to make them better, there’s a fundamental mismatch in scale and effort here — bad…
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area51 October 1, 2010

An Area 51 Apology — and Clarification

We’d like to apologize to the Area 51 community. Allow me to explain with a diagram: In this diagram: Charlie Brown is the Area 51 community. Lucy Van Pelt is Stack Overflow Internet Services Inc. The football is the following proposals: Developer Testing, Compiler Design, and Vim. As Joel explained in Merging Season, if ……
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company October 1, 2010

Our First Area 51 Site Goes Public

Our very first Area 51 site proposal to make it all the way through … Initial Proposal (May 25th) Definition phase (May 25th) Commitment phase (June 14th) Private beta phase (June 30th) Public beta phase (July 7th) … has just arrived — as a real live non-beta public site! webapps.stackexchange.com — Q&A; for power users…
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company September 28, 2010

Server Fault: Hiring From The Community Again

In yet another blatant and egregious example of hiring from the community, we’ve just added a Server Fault user to our team — George Beech aka Zypher. Welcome to our two-man sysadmin team of ninjas, George! George will be working out of our NYC world headquarters. Read more about his and Kyle’s continuing plans for…
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community September 28, 2010

Factionalism: Site or Tag?

Let’s say I told you we were going to create a programming website that merged all the C#, Java, Ruby, Python, and PHP programmers, so they could all ask their questions together — and simply tag those questions with the appropriate language. You’d probably get a response like this one: I disagree with merging. I…
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company September 28, 2010

New Global Inbox

One unwanted side effect of launching so many awesome new Stack Exchange network sites is that the more you participated in, the harder it became to keep track of all your questions, answers, and comments across every site you participated on. That’s kind of a bummer. Well, I’m pleased to announce we’ve added a new…
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community September 23, 2010

Flair: Now Even Flairier

When we introduced user flair back in May 2009, we provided two ways to embed flair, either with an iframe, or JavaScript. That may have been fine for a programming website like Stack Overflow, but it wasn’t so hot for … normal people. That is, people who do not live and breathe markup like us…
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community September 16, 2010

Super User Chat Now Available

As promised, we are slowly rolling out the third place across our network… even for ewoks! In addition to chat.meta.stackoverflow and chat.serverfault we just brought up chat.superuser.com: It’s only appropriate that, after adding per-site metas, we would also add chat to complete three out of four sites in the original “trilogy”. superuser.com Q&A; for computer…
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community September 11, 2010

Global Network Auto-Login

We now support automatically logging in to any site in the Stack Exchange network. By that I mean, as long as … You have recently logged in to any Stack Exchange network site You hold an existing account on the target site you’re navigating to You are using the same OpenID credentials … the site…
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company September 10, 2010

Server Fault Chat Now Available

As promised, we are slowly rolling out the third place across our network. We started with chat.meta.stackoverflow, and as previously announced on the Server Fault blog, we now have chat.serverfault.com. You may remember we rolled out per-site metas across the entire Stack Exchange network, as well as for Server Fault and Super User, back in…
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community September 9, 2010

Announcer, Booster, and Publicist Badges

We just rolled out three new badges to encourage sharing worthy questions: Shared a link to a question that was visited by 25 unique IP addresses in 3 days Shared a link to a question that was visited by 300 unique IP addresses in 4 days Shared a link to a question that was visited…
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