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api March 31, 2010

Stack Overflow API Private Beta Starts

If there’s some kind of award for longest running user request, it has to be this one: When will you guys have an API? One of our new year goals for 2010 is to build and release a great API — for all the trilogy sites. Over the last month, API work has been our…
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community January 16, 2010

New, Improved Comments with @reply

Stack Overflow didn’t always have post comments. The first comment ever was on this post by Michael Stum, and it was posted on September 6th, 2008. There have been continuous improvements to comments since they were originally rolled out: Comments: Flags and votes Comments: Top n shown Comments: question owner is highlighted On top of…
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background January 4, 2010

Stack Overflow: Where We Hate Fun

I noticed that the Stack Overflow question Strangest language feature has been closed and reopened several times now. The text of the question is brief: What is in your opinion the most surprising, weird, strange or really “WTF” language feature you have encountered? I agree this is not exactly an ideal question for Stack Overflow,…
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background December 16, 2009

Badges: Positive Only

There’s been no shortage of proposals for new badges since we first announced the badge system in August 2008. And we have implemented quite a few new ones since then, many of them based on community feedback: Tag-based badges Reversal and Pundit Enthusiast and Fanatic Mortarboard, Epic, and Legendary (Yes, more are planned.. I have…
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company November 5, 2009

Our Amazon Advertising Experiment

Do you remember when I discussed the crushing disappointment that is Google AdSense in Podcast 64? If Stack Overflow, a site that does a million pageviews a day, can’t make enough from AdSense to pay even one person half time — and let me tell you, that’s being overly generous based on the actual income…
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background October 15, 2009

Markdown, One Year Later

We made a few key technology bets when we created Stack Overflow: OpenID Markdown ASP.NET MVC I’ll defer the discussion on the other two items for another day, but after spending a year immersed in Markdown — the lightweight markup language we use to format posts on all Trilogy sites — I have some thoughts…
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community September 18, 2009

Help StackExchange With Colors

The first public Stack Exchange sites have surfaced. While the service is still very much in beta, I have to admit I’m deeply disappointed in the color schemes that are being aired in public. I agree with Joel Coehoorn, who posted: I know it’s a demonstration and high-contrast design is not only intentional but also…
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community August 23, 2009

New Question Asker Features

In order to increase engagement between the people asking questions and the rest of the community, we’ve rolled out two new features. The first is a “batting average”, if you will. Below the question owner signature block, for non-community-wiki questions, we show the percent of accepted answers for that user. It won’t always appear, though.…
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community July 29, 2009

Stack Overflow Search – Now 61% Less Crappy

Remember when We Made Search 51% Less Crappy? Well, we rolled up our sleeves and increased search quality a whole ten percent to 61%. How? Search now heavily weights title in the results, since people seemed to really like that approach. This is currently used on the /ask page, which does a title-exclusive search when…
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company July 14, 2009

Migrate Questions Between Websites

First, I’ve got a little joke for you, courtesy of Kip and TheTxi. A doctor, a lawyer, and a rabbi log into Stack Overflow. The bartender looks at them and says “sorry, you guys are not programming related.” I didn’t say it was a good joke. Moving on. Now that we have threefour Stack Overflow…
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community July 13, 2009

Reversal and Pundit Badges

Two new badges today: Reversal Provided an answer upvoted 20 or more times to a question that was downvoted 5 or more times. (gold) Pundit Left 10 comments with a score of 10 or more. (silver) I think I’ve discussed the Stack Overflow philosophy of badges ad nauseam by now, but the Reader’s Digest condensed…
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