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background September 11, 2009

New DNS Provider

Our domain name registrar is GoDaddy. We’ve had a lot of problems with GoDaddy’s handling of DNS, where DNS entries will suddenly appear and disappear at random. Often, changing a completely unrelated DNS record would result in other DNS entries going missing for hours. Extremely frustrating. As a result of many, many bad experiences, over…
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background August 28, 2009

In Stickers We Trust

Remember the trilogy stickers I wrote about a while ago? They’ve arrived. All 40,000 of them. Each box was around 22-25 pounds. Here’s a close up of each sticker. They are all about 4 1/2″ wide. Imagine the endless fun you could have with this many stickers! As to how you, yourself, can get hold…
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background August 22, 2009

Us Versus Hyphen

It’s Friday, so that must mean it’s graph day! Here are some graphs I picked completely at random that I’d like to show you. Google Alexa Compete Quantcast No hyphens were harmed in the creation of this blog post. (disclaimer: we have a healthy respect for other websites similar to ours, and we believe the…
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background August 21, 2009

Browsers and Screen Size on Stack Overflow

The question occasionally comes up: what web browsers do Stack Overflow users tend to use? Here’s a quick look at our Analytics data from June 1st – August 19th. Firefox 50.53% Internet Explorer 29.12% Chrome 9.04% Safari 7.33% Opera 2.44% Mozilla 1.15% Konqueror 0.10% Note that within Internet Explorer, the breakdown is 45% IE7, 29%…
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background August 12, 2009

Stack Overflow and Doctype

Remember our League of (web) Justice? Well, I’m pleased to announce we have recruited another superhero into our league: Doctype. What is Doctype? Doctype is a free question and answer site for web designers. You can get fast solutions to your CSS, HTML, web design and email design problems. For each question, Doctype can generate…
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background August 10, 2009

Coming Soon: Trilogy Stickers

As mentioned on the podcast, we’re working on Stack Overflow Trilogy stickers. I just placed the order with websticker, in fact, and here are the proofs: And because we fully support members of our League of (web) Justice, I ordered some for our fellow league member, How-To Geek, as well. (all stickers are 4 1/2″…
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background August 9, 2009

A Few Speed Improvements

Over the weekend, we rolled out a few speed improvements to the Stack Overflow engine. First, we did a quick pass with ANTS Profiler (which is great, by the way) and identified a few places where redundant or unnecessary database queries slipped into our code. We like to do this every few months on common…
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background August 1, 2009

One Year of Stack Overflow

It was one year ago today that the Stack Overflow private beta started. The first question was asked at 21:42 on July 31st, 2008. Which means we’ve been doing this thing in public for a full year now — it’s a Stack Overflow birthday! Some stats for our first year: Three new “family” sites have…
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background July 26, 2009

Why Can’t You Have Just One Site?

Now that we have four sites in the Stack Overflow trilogy: Some users disagree with the idea that there should be four sites. Why do we need the trilogy instead of just one site? Having four sites to jump between is ridiculous! Why not one Site? Trilogy Portal: Community Colloboration The whole point of these…
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background July 22, 2009

Stack Overflow Flash Mobs

Coding Horror reader Alex Vincent wrote to let me know that there is a Stack Overflow Birds-of-a-Feather session at OSCON 2009, which is going on right now. The premise of the BOF session is intriguing; it’s not at all what I expected: In concert with users online across the country, this session will lead a…
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