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company December 23, 2008

Vote Fraud and You

As we discovered in the Stack Overflow podcast with the Reddit guys, they have a hidden mechanism for detecting and defeating revenge voting patterns. I suppose it’s a measure of how naive we are, but this wasn’t even on our radar. Well, now it is. If you irritate another user, they might be having a…
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company December 1, 2008

Why Can’t I Accept My Own Answer?

One question that comes up a lot in Stack Overflow meta-discussion is this one: Why can’t I accept my own answer to my question? In case it isn’t clear, asking a question on Stack Overflow confers a few special privileges to you as the question owner: You can comment on your questions, even if you…
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company November 25, 2008

Stack Overflow Is You

I was surprised to find the following question on Stack Overflow: Jon Skeet Facts Apparently this “question” is.. somewhat controversial; as of now it has 31 revisions and 65 comments. It was opened by Bill the Lizard, who accepted this answer, from Jon Skeet, appropriately enough: These are written in the third person so as…
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company October 23, 2008

Stack Overflow OpenID Case Study

JanRain, an early supporter of OpenID, just posted an OpenID case study featuring Stack Overflow. Stack Overflow, much like Wikipedia, lets anyone edit anything – but unlike Wikipedia, we require users to earn a certain number of votes from other users before the system trusts them (we call this “reputation”). The concept of identity and…
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company October 21, 2008

Expressing Your Tag Preferences

Geoff “the malice from corvallis” Dalgas has done it again. Over the last week he was busy implementing the number one UserVoice request — tag preferences for a customized Stack Overflow homepage. You’ll notice there are two places you can now enter your ignored tags and interesting tags. On most question pages, in the right…
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company October 17, 2008

Stack Overflow Search – Now 51% Less Crappy

Believe it or not, the search function on Stack Overflow may just actually.. work.. now. I started to feel really bad when I’d see people post duplicate questions, even after they said they “searched first”. Now, to be clear, we do a fuzzy title-based search when you tab off the title field on the Ask…
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company October 13, 2008

Tags AND Tags OR Tags

Until recently, we hadn’t done a good job of providing a user interface for combining tags. You’ll notice that all the question browsers now show “related tags”, with a count of how many tags are shown for whatever view you happen to be in (with the exception of search): Let’s say I clicked on the…
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company October 12, 2008

A Question About Questions

Stack Overflow is a place for programming questions. We’ve been quite clear about this for as long as I can remember; the faq and about pages both try to make this point in the first paragraph: What kind of questions can I ask here? Programming questions, of course! As long as your question is: detailed…
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company October 6, 2008

Solving the “Fastest Gun in the West” problem

Some Stack Overflow users are concerned about what they call the “Fastest Gun in the West” problem: Each question’s answers are sorted by descending score and then descending time of posting. This means that if a person sits down and answers a question in a long, thorough way, going through every nook and cranny, once…
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company October 5, 2008

You’re My Favorite

We just implemented another highly requested feature — the ability to mark a question as a favorite. You might have already noticed it by now, as every question has a large, clickable favorite star just under the voting arrows. Click to favorite. Click again to un-favorite. Once favorited, these questions will show up in the…
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company September 30, 2008

I Don’t Give a Damn About My Reputation

Geoff Dalgas did a bang-up job implementing the #1 UserVoice requested item — and he did it all while we were away on our NYC trip, no less! You’ll notice there is a now a Reputation tab on everyone’s user page, which includes a graph of your reputation over time a summary of the actual…
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