Jeff Atwood

community September 4, 2010

Customizing stackexchange.com

Remember our shiny new stackexchange.com network hub? Sure you do, it’s right there in the upper left hand corner of every page. Indeed, that’s how you know you’re on a gen-u-winetm Stack Exchange network website. This hub exists for a few reasons: To aggregate the most interesting questions right now across the entire network As…
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background September 1, 2010

What Happens When You Reach 200k Reputation?

Have you ever wondered what happens when you reach 200,000 reputation? Just ask Jon Skeet. Apparently, what happens is … you get a painting of unicorns, signed by us, dedicated to you. Estimated value? Priceless! Joel and I actually sat down with Mr. Skeet himself to record Stack Overflow podcast #72 during the London leg…
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company August 29, 2010

Stack Overflow Sponsors HAProxy

As you can see from our network configuration, HAProxy is a much beloved part of our infrastructure. Willy Tarreau, the author, has been extremely responsive and helpful to us in the past. So when we reached a surprising dead-end in our quest to find a reverse proxy that could block HTTP clients using too much…
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community August 27, 2010

New Tag Info Pages

When we rolled out our tag synonym and tag wiki support, I belatedly realized that tags were, completely by accident, third-class citizens in our ecosystem. By that, I mean tags had no real page to themselves. Think about it — if someone asked you about the [java] tag on Stack Overflow, where would you send…
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company August 20, 2010

Should Unix/Linux and Ubuntu Be Merged — Vote!

Remember last week when we asked: Unix and Ubuntu: Why Both? You may have noticed that two similar Area 51 site proposals have reached commitment and launched betas: ubuntu.stackexchange.com unix.stackexchange.com You might well ask: aren’t these the very same thing? Why have two communities on the same topic? What, then, is the difference between unix…
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community August 19, 2010

Super User 1 Year Anniversary Super Contest

It’s been exactly one year since we launched Super User. Super User is, of course, our site for power users of traditional computer hardware and software. The types of users who have OSX, Linux, and Windows installed in triple-boot fashion — and have built their own computers to run it all on. Super User has…
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community August 18, 2010

New Image Upload Support

Thanks to our good friends at imgur.com, we now support native image uploads on all Stack Exchange network websites. Yes, that means adding a picture to a question or answer is now as easy as … clicking the Insert Image toolbar button selecting an image from your computer, or the web clicking Upload … there…
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api August 15, 2010

Stack Exchange API Contest Winners

After nearly two and a half months, our Stack Exchange API contest is officially over. In that time, our community created 85 applications and 24 libraries. It was tough judging winners between so many fantastic entries. I encourage you to browse the complete list of apps and libraries to see for yourself how much cool…
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company August 13, 2010

Network Central: stackexchange.com

I’m proud to announce that stackexchange.com is now the official network hub for the entire Stack Exchange 2.0 network! Thanks to the herculean contributions of team members David Fullerton and Emmett Nicholas, our shiny new network hub contains: A list of the most interesting questions right now, across the entire Stack Exchange network A directory,…
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cc-wiki-dump August 11, 2010

Defending Attribution Required

All content contributed to the Stack Exchange network is licensed under cc-wiki (aka cc-by-sa). What does this mean? In short, it’s a way of guaranteeing that we can’t ever do anything nefarious with the questions and answers the community have so generously shared with us. It’s not unheard of for some companies to arbitrarily decide…
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community August 7, 2010

The Death of Meta Tags

There are a few tags on Stack Overflow that have bugged me for a long time. Namely: subjective best-practices beginner But I could never quite articulate what, exactly, was wrong with these tags. It’s been bothering me more and more as time goes on. So much so, that about two months ago, I was compelled…
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