community August 17, 2009

Congratulations Super User Moderators!

After a brief informal nomination period by the existing moderators, and a small impromptu vote on meta, we’ve settled on our three Super User community moderators: Congratulations to TheTXI, splattne, and Diago! They are all that is standing between us and an endless armada of Ewoks, so wish them luck, and try to support them…
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background August 12, 2009

Stack Overflow and Doctype

Remember our League of (web) Justice? Well, I’m pleased to announce we have recruited another superhero into our league: Doctype. What is Doctype? Doctype is a free question and answer site for web designers. You can get fast solutions to your CSS, HTML, web design and email design problems. For each question, Doctype can generate…
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background August 10, 2009

Coming Soon: Trilogy Stickers

As mentioned on the podcast, we’re working on Stack Overflow Trilogy stickers. I just placed the order with websticker, in fact, and here are the proofs: And because we fully support members of our League of (web) Justice, I ordered some for our fellow league member, How-To Geek, as well. (all stickers are 4 1/2″…
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background August 9, 2009

A Few Speed Improvements

Over the weekend, we rolled out a few speed improvements to the Stack Overflow engine. First, we did a quick pass with ANTS Profiler (which is great, by the way) and identified a few places where redundant or unnecessary database queries slipped into our code. We like to do this every few months on common…
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background August 1, 2009

One Year of Stack Overflow

It was one year ago today that the Stack Overflow private beta started. The first question was asked at 21:42 on July 31st, 2008. Which means we’ve been doing this thing in public for a full year now — it’s a Stack Overflow birthday! Some stats for our first year: Three new “family” sites have…
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community July 31, 2009

Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day!

Today, July 31, 2009, is the 10th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day! There’s a rather nice definition of the term sysadmin on the page, so if you’ve ever wondered who the target audience is for Server Fault — have a read: A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating…
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community July 30, 2009

How-To Geek and Stack Overflow

Remember the League of Justice I said we were forming? Well, I’m thrilled to announce that our League has added its first new superhero: the How-To Geek. I’ve been a fan of The Geek’s site since the very first time I discovered it in late 2007. It’s a fantastic resource filled with great content, and…
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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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background July 26, 2009

Why Can’t You Have Just One Site?

Now that we have four sites in the Stack Overflow trilogy: Some users disagree with the idea that there should be four sites. Why do we need the trilogy instead of just one site? Having four sites to jump between is ridiculous! Why not one Site? Trilogy Portal: Community Colloboration The whole point of these…
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community July 23, 2009

Non-English Question Policy

Since this came up on meta, here’s our official policy towards non-English questions on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User. (note that I say “programming” below, but this policy is the same across all the sites — when reading, you should substitute the actual topic of the site you use, e.g. “sysadmin topics” for…
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background July 22, 2009

Stack Overflow Flash Mobs

Coding Horror reader Alex Vincent wrote to let me know that there is a Stack Overflow Birds-of-a-Feather session at OSCON 2009, which is going on right now. The premise of the BOF session is intriguing; it’s not at all what I expected: In concert with users online across the country, this session will lead a…
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