company February 20, 2009

Our Backup Strategy – Inexpensive NAS

As part of our new backup strategy, I decided to invest in an inexpensive Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit — the QNAP TS-409U. The TS-409U has the following specs: 1u rack mountable 4 SATA drive bays 500 MHz embedded CPU, 8 MB flash RAM, 512 MB RAM, Linux based Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6…
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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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company February 8, 2009

New Datacenter Migration

We just finished migrating our new servers over to the new datacenter at PEAK Internet. The installation was aided greatly by Stack Overflow team member Geoff Dalgas, who happens to live about a mile from PEAK in Corvallis, Oregon. He visited the facility before the servers arrived, and also helped with their installation. Having Geoff…
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company February 6, 2009

Server Speed Tests

We now have the new servers set up in the data center, and configured with copies of the Stack Overflow website and database. We excitedly ran a few quick speed comparisons with the live site and found.. the new site was two times slower than the old one. (insert sound of analog record needle being…
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company January 30, 2009

Updated WMD Editor

Thanks to the herculean efforts of several Stack Overflow users, we were finally able to deliver some long-overdue bugfixes to our beloved WMD editor in early January, once it was fully reverse engineered. (Sadly I still have yet to hear from the original WMD author, John Fraser, after months of attempting to contact him in…
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company January 29, 2009

New Replies Notification

We just rolled out a new replies notification feature. You’ll notice that there is a small envelope icon next to your name at the top of the page. Every 30 minutes, we check to see if new comments have been added to your posts, or if new answers have been added to your questions. If…
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company January 27, 2009

Reputation Bounty for Unanswered Questions

Do you feel like your Stack Overflow questions just aren’t getting the answers they deserve? If so, you’re not alone. As Corey Trager noted in a blog comment: Speaking for myself, you don’t have to reward me for ASKING questions on Stackoverflow: Getting an answer is enough of a reward in itself. Just do whatever…
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company January 25, 2009

New Stack Overflow Servers Ready

After many trials and tribulations, the new Stack Overflow servers are now ready to ship. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the newest members of the stackoverflow.com hardware family: SOWEB1, SOWEB2, and SODB1. That’s right, I even labelled them with my black and silver sharpies. It’s been an awfully long month and a half since I originally…
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