Design

company January 30, 2009

Updated WMD Editor

Thanks to the herculean efforts of several Stack Overflow users, we were finally able to deliver some long-overdue bugfixes to our beloved WMD editor in early January, once it was fully reverse engineered. (Sadly I still have yet to hear from the original WMD author, John Fraser, after months of attempting to contact him in…
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company January 29, 2009

New Replies Notification

We just rolled out a new replies notification feature. You’ll notice that there is a small envelope icon next to your name at the top of the page. Every 30 minutes, we check to see if new comments have been added to your posts, or if new answers have been added to your questions. If…
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company January 27, 2009

Reputation Bounty for Unanswered Questions

Do you feel like your Stack Overflow questions just aren’t getting the answers they deserve? If so, you’re not alone. As Corey Trager noted in a blog comment: Speaking for myself, you don’t have to reward me for ASKING questions on Stackoverflow: Getting an answer is enough of a reward in itself. Just do whatever…
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company January 24, 2009

Adventures in Delclusionism

In Wikipedia, there are two opposing camps: the inclusionists and the deletionists. I found Nicholas Carr’s definitions to be the clearest and most succinct: Inclusionists believe that there should be no constraints on the breadth of the encyclopedia – that Wikipedia should include any entry that any contributor wants to submit. An article on a…
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community January 10, 2009

WMD Editor Reverse Engineered

Remember that WMD reverse engineering project we reluctantly undertook? Check out the current state of the Git repository: This is a major milestone — we’ve essentially de-obfuscated the WMD code, which was my #1 goal! A few thanks are in order: Chris Jester-Young for getting the ball rolling, doing quite a bit of de-obfuscation, and…
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community January 6, 2009

Accept Your Own Answers

Have you ever wondered why you can’t accept your own answer on Stack Overflow? If so, you’re not alone. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words; here’s what I just did to one of my own questions: Before: After: Hey, look at that, I just accepted my own answer! Now, there are…
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company January 5, 2009

Using Your Own URL as Your OpenID

One of the cooler features of OpenID is delegation. This means, instead of having your OpenID identifier be yourname.myopenid.com it can be simply yourdomain.com Much easier to remember, right? And it’s really easy to do, too! Here’s how I did it. First, sign up for an OpenID with the provider of your choice (note that…
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company January 3, 2009

We Now Support Multiple OpenIDs

The current top ranked feature request is to Allow Changing the Associated OpenID. Just how much would you pay for a feature like this? 50 gp? 740 flooz? 13 plat? 6,999 linden dollars? We’re giving this fabulous feature to you — for today only — ABSOLUTELY FREE! That’s right! FREE! But wait.. there’s more! Not…
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community December 31, 2008

Daily Dose of Daily Reputation Cap

It’s your daily dose of everyone’s best friend, the +200 per day Stack Overflow reputation cap! Did you know that… Without the +200 per day reputation cap, a certain Stack Overflow user would have almost 60,000 reputation? Implementing a logarithmic decline in the value of upvotes would make almost no difference to most people’s reputation scores?…
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community December 31, 2008

I Move to Close This Question

As an active Stack Overflow user, one of the abilities you’ll gain at 3,000 reputation is the ability to close and reopen questions. Closed questions don’t allow any new answers to be added, but can still be edited and commented on. All it takes is one user (with the appropriate reputation level, natch) to decide…
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company December 28, 2008

Reverse Engineering the WMD Editor

We’ve been quite happy with the WMD Markdown editor on Stack Overflow, kindly provided by the author, John Fraser of AttackLabs. However, there are definitely some outstanding bugs and issues with it that we’d like to fix. Progress on this front has been severely hampered by three problems: We only have obfuscated / minified versions…
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