Design

community August 28, 2011

A Bevy of New Badges

The badge system exists for two reasons: to teach new users how Stack Exchange works to encourage activities we view as positive to the community As the engine grows and evolves, we discover new areas that need badges. In fact, we’ve added a bevy of new badges in the last 6 months or so that…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community August 19, 2011

The Future of Community Wiki

When you mark a post community wiki on a Stack Exchange site, that means … this post can be edited by anyone with 100 reputation this post does not generate any reputation for anyone when upvoted or downvoted The main advantage of community wiki — more editing — was nerfed when we introduced suggested edits.…
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Community Manager
community August 9, 2011

Improved Tagging

Every Stack Exchange question is required to have at least one tag; tags are how we group, order, and find questions. But how do you determine which tags are correct for your question? When you start typing in the tags field we display a simple list of existing tags that match what you’ve typed so…
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community July 16, 2011

Mobile Stack Exchange

Another long-standing request, dating all the way back to 2009, is for a mobile optimized view of Stack Overflow. Since … the existing HTML and CSS was (and still is) rather light the original iPhone did a great job rendering Stack Overflow mobile traffic on Stack Overflow is only about 1% of traffic … we…
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community July 11, 2011

Faster Edits with Inline Editing

Every Stack Exchange question and answer pair is intended to be an evergreen, editable resource for future travelers: The editing feature is there so that old question/answer pairs can get better and better. For every person who asks a question and gets an answer on Stack Exchange, hundreds or thousands of people will come read…
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community May 27, 2011

Stack Exchange is an OpenID Provider

If you’ve logged in to a Stack Exchange site recently you may have noticed a new button on the login page: That’s right — Stack Exchange is now officially an OpenID provider as well as an OpenID (and OAuth 2.0) consumer! As a provider, we can now offer a totally seamless signup experience for new…
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company May 13, 2011

Sponsoring Lucene.Net Logo Design Contest

Back in January we rebooted our search implementation, replacing it with Lucene.Net. We’ve been quite happy with the results, which are faster, more relevant, and … perhaps not Google quality, but certainly getting closer to the realm of Googlesque. We are also big fans of the Lucene.Net project, which has had some rocky times of…
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community May 6, 2011

Vote For This Question or The Kitten Gets It

When the wordpress.stackexchange.com community asked Why are questions not being voted on … I have noticed a trend that questions (even good ones) that have multiple answers are not being voted on. Out of our 5,550 questions only 41% have at least 1 vote which leaves around 3,000 with 0 votes and a few hundred…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community April 29, 2011

Inline Comment and Post Markdown Help

We use Markdown for text formatting on all Stack Exchange sites. Markdown isn’t difficult to figure out, particularly since it apes common ASCII formatting conventions — and its simplicity means it is amenable to wiki style differencing and editing, which is a big part of our engine. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do a…
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community April 8, 2011

Stack Exchange Network Profiles

If you participate on multiple Stack Exchange sites, you now have a global profile page! You can navigate there via the handy network profile link on your user page. From your network profile, you can get a mile high view of all your activity across every site in our network. Yep, all of ’em! The…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community March 29, 2011

R.I.P. Envelope, Hello Improved User Pages

If you’ve used any Stack Exchange site over the last year, you’re probably familiar with “the envelope”. The envelope was a notification system that … sort of … let you know when things happened on the site. As time went on, it became clear that the envelope was a deeply flawed design. I began thinking…
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