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community January 8, 2015

Stack Exchange Year in Review 2014

We – which is to say, you, the Stack Exchange community – had another great year in 2014. We cracked Quantcast’s top 50 networks in the US. We did this without posting celebrity gossip, top 10 lists, or cat pictures. We did it by creating artifacts: useful, canonical bits of information, edited, refined, and curated by…
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Engineering Manager (former)
community January 6, 2015

So long Winter Bash 2014

While testing hats before the start of Winter Bash 2014, a snowflake notification told me I’d earned the Treasure Hunter hat. After adjusting pirate paraphernalia to fit my head, I tried to remember what triggers this particular hat. As it happens, I’d just received a gold badge on Cooking that I would’ve totally ignored if…
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Community Manager (former)
community December 16, 2014

Stack Overflowへようこそ

Hi English-language readers! This blog post is not for you; perhaps you’d like a hat instead? No? Well, when last we spoke of creating non-English versions of Stack Overflow, some of you were certain we should’ve gone the easy route and just leveraged a machine translation service instead of creating real sites for real people to use.…
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Community Manager (Former)
community December 15, 2014

Winter Bash 2014

There is no better antidote, at least for the worst hours and eclipses of the soul, than to conjure up…serious frivolity. Friedrich Nietzsche What’s Winter Bash again? No, it’s not a new flavor of Unix shell. Rather, Winter Bash is an ancient tradition of Stack Exchange. (2011 is ancient according to Internet time.) Here’s how…
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Community Manager (former)
community November 11, 2014

Announcing Bosun, our new open source monitoring & alerting system

If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason. Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey A big part of scaling up an engineering team is getting serious about monitoring and alerts. A good monitoring system collects data from all of…
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President and Chief Technology Officer (former)
community October 7, 2014

Editing is essential: new badges and review enhancements

We rolled out three new badges last week! These recognize a pattern that sets Stack Exchange apart from the forums and message boards that came before it: answering and editing questions, the ability to not only write an answer that can be useful beyond the immediate asker but also re-write the question such that it…
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Community Manager (former)
community September 16, 2014

Introducing Runnable JavaScript, CSS, and HTML Code Snippets

On Stack Overflow and our other code-related sites, creating a minimal, complete, and verifiable example is the best way to get an answer to your question. We’ve always loved JSFiddle and sites like it because they let both askers and answerers reference runnable, working code that demonstrates their problem or solution. Unfortunately, the use of these…
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Engineering Manager
background July 23, 2014

Please welcome jmac, Community Manager of the Rising Sun

As Stack Exchange continues to expand to serve new audiences, we’re constantly on the lookout for folks who can take the principles and practices we all hold dear and communicate them effectively to the folks who would otherwise find them strange and difficult. I’m happy to announce we’ve found another of these rare specimens in…
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Community Manager (former)
background April 22, 2014

Putting the Community back in Wiki

Ever seen this diagram? That’s the visual elevator pitch for Stack Exchange. We were the little dot in the middle, a potent mix of useful traits from other tools, a wiry mutt full of hybrid vigor. The purpose of this blend was to allow and encourage the construction of a library of solutions, by providing…
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Community Manager
background April 17, 2014

Announcing The Launch Of Meta Stack Exchange

We’re very pleased to announce that as of today, we’re (finally) splitting the site formerly known as Meta Stack Overflow into two sites: Meta Stack Overflow is a brand-spanking new site for discussions specific to the Stack Overflow (programming) community:   Meta Stack Exchange will cover feature requests, bugs, and any discussion topics that affect…
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Community Evangelist