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community April 17, 2009

The Stack Overflow Question Lifecycle

Apparently some users who really should know better are confused about the way Stack Overflow works. I take this as a sweeping indictment of our current FAQ (both official and unofficial) and I will work to correct this situation — starting with this blog post. Stack Overflow is, at its heart, a Question and Answer…
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community April 16, 2009

Comments: Now with Flags and Votes

In tonight’s code push, we added the ability to vote for comments, and flag comments if they are inappropriate. Some ground rules: There is no downvoting of comments, only upvotes. Comment votes do not affect comment sort order. No reputation of any kind is earned or lost from comment votes. Each user gets 5 comment…
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community April 11, 2009

Raising a Red Flag

Are you familiar with the way craigslist handles post flagging? Based on recent feedback, we’re enhancing Stack Overflow’s flagging support to bring it more in line with that well established model. We belatedly realized that asking users to email us to report content problems on the site* was not exactly efficient. Now you can flag…
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company April 4, 2009

Logo Design Contest for serverfault.com

Since we had such good results from our previous community logo contest, we’re doing the same thing for serverfault.com: We have a serverfault.com logo design contest at 99 designs, with a prize of $29 at stake. This time I’ve also added $50 prizes for second and third place. I always felt bad that the logos…
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community April 2, 2009

No, We Have Not Forgotten About the Hacker Badge

In case you were wondering, no, we haven’t forgotten about the Hacker Badge. Which is sort of like Eric Raymond’s universal hacker emblem. It’s explained thusly by Mr. Raymond: When you put the glider emblem on your web page, or wear it on clothing, or display it in some other way, you are visibly associating…
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community March 25, 2009

Responsible Advertising: Feed a Programmer

We’re now experimenting with serving up a small AdSense banner for users with less than 200 reputation. This banner appears just under the title of any question. Up to 90 percent of our traffic is from Google now. We feel that users arriving from Google search will be accustomed to seeing a small ad banner…
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community March 21, 2009

More Voting Anomalies

In December we began tracking and removing anomalous voting patterns. This happens automatically as part of a daily script, and it’s worked well to date, nullifying the most egregious upvoting and downvoting anomalies. I’ve been getting a few reports of further voting issues via the email link provided at the bottom of every Stack Overflow…
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community February 21, 2009

New Question / Answer Rate Limits

Stack Overflow is somewhat unique in that we encourage participation of essentially anonymous, random programmers. Our idea is to radically reduce the bar for participation, and take one giant leap of faith: Trusting our users. Well, most of them, anyway. We have the typical hurdles in place to prevent bots from gaming our system: JavaScript…
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company February 17, 2009

Specialist Badge Implemented

The long-awaited Specialist badges are now working; you can browse them on the badges page. After I worked with it for a while, I realized that these are just tag-based badges, so I dropped the “Specialist” name and stuck with the name of the tag as the badge name. There are two levels: Silver 400…
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community February 16, 2009

When Is An Account “Abandoned”?

Let’s talk about deletion. Not question deletion, which works this way, for the record. The deletion I want to talk about today is account deletion. Stack Overflow is a bit unusual in that our accounts are ultra lightweight. We don’t require registration; we allow essentially anonymous posting. We were inspired by Wikipedia in this regard.…
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community February 13, 2009

Now Showing: Email Notifications

We just implemented a basic form of email notifications, which (mostly) closes our highest voted UserVoice request. If you… Tick the option to allow emails on your user page preferences Provide us a valid email address in your user settings Haven’t been to the Stack Overflow website in at least 7 days Have at least…
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