Design

community June 30, 2009

superuser.com Logo Vote

The logo design contest for superuser.com is coming to a close. There are a number of solid contenders, and I’ve already solicited input from the team and friends. But now I want to know what you think. So I put it up to a quick visual poll — click through to vote! (if you think…
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community June 16, 2009

Logo Design Contest for superuser.com

Remember our logo design contest for stackoverflow.com? And the logo design contest for serverfault.com? Well, it’s time to bust out your copies of Microsoft Paint and rev up those mad MacPaint fat bits skillz, because we just launched a logo design contest for superuser.com. You remember superuser.com — it’s the third site in the Stack…
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community June 1, 2009

New Tag Statistics

We’ve added a new stats tab to the tag view that shows some basic statistics within the tag(s). Here’s what it looks like for /questions/tagged/iphone: The number next to the user names reflects the number of non-community wiki answer upvotes for each user. This is the same algorithm used to award the tag-based badges, so…
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company May 30, 2009

Improved Email Notifications

In addition to our previous email support, we now offer question owners the ability to receive email notifications of new answers to individual questions. It’s a new option at the bottom of any question you’ve asked: Ticking this box will enable global email notifications in your account preferences, and entering an email address here is…
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community May 20, 2009

Linking Duplicate Questions

Today’s update completes another top-rated UserVoice request — making it easier to explicitly link duplicate questions together. There are lots of small improvements that go with this build. We now show the current close vote count in the close menu, so you have some idea why the other 3k+ rep users think this question should…
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community May 18, 2009

A Theory of Moderation

We believe deeply in community moderation. That’s why we appoint Pro Tempore Moderators and, ideally, democratically elected community moderators for every site in our network. But what do community moderators do? The short answer is, as little as possible! From the very first version of Stack Overflow faq way back in mid-2008, our goal has…
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community May 15, 2009

Now Earn Valuable Flair!

You know what you need? Besides a haircut, I mean? More flair. STAN I need to talk about your flair. JOANNA Really? I have 15 buttons on. I, uh, (shows him) STAN Well, ok, 15 is minimum, ok? JOANNA Ok. STAN Now, it’s up to you whether or not you want to just do the…
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community May 7, 2009

Interesting and Ignored Tags Now Support Wildcards

Today’s new feature will be useful for those of you who happen to have a lot of ignored and/or interesting tags. You can now use the asterisk to set up wildcard matches, rather than having to laboriously construct a list of every single tag as before. This was a fairly highly voted request on UserVoice,…
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community April 29, 2009

Handling Duplicate Questions

As we get more and more questions in Stack Overflow, the issue of duplicate questions becomes more pressing. The odds of any question being a duplicate, however small, increases with the total number of questions in the system. So it’s worth considering: what makes a question an exact duplicate? As I see it, there are…
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community April 23, 2009

Comments: Top n Shown

You’ll notice that the top 5 comments are now shown under each question or answer. If you want to see all the comments, or add a comment of your own, clicking will load the rest and reveal the comment entry box. The flagging and voting tools are still there for each comment, but require a…
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community April 22, 2009

How Many Questions are Closed or Deleted?

Based on the discussion about The Stack Overflow Question Lifecycle, which I’d characterize very broadly this way… Programming Related Question -> Answers! Non-Programming Related Question -> Closed -> Deleted (eventually, depending) … I thought it would be a good idea to couch the discussion in terms of actual data. Here’s a breakdown of all the…
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