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Stack Overflow Bot
community September 25, 2017

How You Can Use the New Stack Overflow Bot from Microsoft

As Joel often says, “developers are writing the script for the future,” and that is definitely the case when it comes to AI. The knowledge shared on Stack Overflow includes an ever-growing pool on AI and related topics such as machine learning, natural language processing and deep learning. From C to Lisp to Java to…
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President and Chief Technology Officer (former)
code-for-a-living September 19, 2017

How Much Do Developers Earn? Find Out with the Stack Overflow Salary Calculator

Today, we launched the Stack Overflow Salary Calculator, a tool that allows developers and employers to find typical salaries based on experience level, location, specific technologies, and education. We did this because we believe developers should be empowered with more information around job searches, careers, and salary. In fact, we know that developers want more…
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Data Scientist (former)
community July 11, 2017

Introducing Channels: Private Q&A for Your Team

This post refers to “Channels”, a product which is now called “Teams.” Here’s What We’re Working on and How You Can Get Involved On Stack Overflow, a question gets asked once, answered, and then becomes a central point of knowledge for thousands of others who read it on our site. But what about developers who…
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Associate Software Developer
background July 6, 2017

Text Mining of Stack Overflow Questions

This week, my fellow Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson and I are happy to announce the publication of our book Text Mining with R with O’Reilly. We are so excited to see this project out in the world, and so relieved to finally be finished with it! Text data is being generated all the…
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Data Scientist (former)
company May 24, 2017

A Dive Into Stack Overflow Jobs Search

About two years ago, a significant event happened at Stack Overflow: a new system, named Providence, was released. Providence would allow us to tell which technologies a visitor is interested in, and measure the “fitness” between a visitor and a job. The release of Providence marked a stepping stone in Stack Overflow’s continuous effort to be…
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Marketing (Former)
company May 23, 2017

Stack Overflow: Helping One Million Developers Exit Vim

This morning, a popular Stack Overflow question hit a major milestone: You’re not alone, jclancy. In the five years since this question was asked, there have been over a million other developers who got stuck in Vim and couldn’t escape without a bit of help. Indeed, the difficulty of quitting the Vim editor is a…
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Data Scientist (former)
company May 22, 2017

How Stack Overflow Flipped the Switch on HTTPS

As of today, Stack Overflow now deploys HTTPS by default on StackOverflow.com — as well as the hundreds of Q&A communities that make up our Stack Exchange network. We now redirect all traffic to https://, and Google links will change over the next few weeks. Sounds simple, right? But getting to this point has taken…
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Growth Marketing Manager
company May 9, 2017

Introducing Stack Overflow Trends

On a typical day, developers ask over 8,000 questions on Stack Overflow about programming problems they run into in their work. Which technologies are they asking about, and how has that changed over time? Today, we’re introducing the Stack Overflow Trends tool to track interest in programming languages and technologies, based on the number of…
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Data Scientist (former)
community March 30, 2017

Stack Overflow Unveils the Next Steps in Computer Security

At Stack Overflow, keeping your information safe is our top concern. And as a community with over 40 million people each month, it has to be: Our success has made us a frequent target of attacks. Computer security is always evolving. Passwords are “what you know.” Smart cards are “what you have.” We decided to…
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Marketing (Former)
company March 9, 2017

Does Anyone Actually Visit Stack Overflow’s Home Page?

Yesterday we were amused to see this post on Reddit’s sysadmin forum: Our architecture lead Nick Craver looked into this and gave a great answer, including that about 29% of the previous day’s Stack Overflow traffic was to the home page. From his perspective as a system administrator, that’s exactly the right analysis. Nick’s team…
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Data Scientist (former)