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 12, 2009

Stack Overflow Developer Days Conference

Joel mentioned this in passing on one of the podcasts, but I didn’t want to steal his thunder, so I’ll let him explain: We decided to launch a series of Stack Overflow events: the first gathering of the tribe of great developers making Stack Overflow so successful that over 90% of questions get answered. It’s…
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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 May 6, 2009

Stack Overflow Moderator Voting Now Open

As mentioned on March 20th, we are looking for a new Stack Overflow moderator to be chosen by the Stack Overflow community itself. I walked through the first 30 comments to that post and gathered up the nominations (except the self-nominations and those who recused themselves), and voting is now open: http://stackoverflow.com/users/vote-moderator To be eligible…
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background May 2, 2009

Joel Talks About Stack Overflow at Google

On April 24th, Joel Spolsky gave a talk at Google on Stack Overflow. The talk was recorded and is available for viewing on YouTube. The talk highlights how, from the very beginning, we designed Stack Overflow to be a destination page for web search. We explicitly optimize for “drive-by” programmers who type a problem into…
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beta April 30, 2009

Server Fault Private Beta begins

We’re launching the Server Fault private beta tonight. What is Server Fault? Server Fault is for system administrators and IT professionals, people who manage or maintain computers in a professional capacity. If you are in charge of … servers networks many desktop PCs (other than your own) … then you’re in the right place to…
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beta April 30, 2009

Google’s OpenIDs are Unique Per-Domain

If you’ve been trying to log in to the serverfault.com private beta and haven’t been able to, here’s probably why: You use Google’s (otherwise excellent) OpenID support on Stack Overflow. As we just discovered, Google’s OpenIDs are unique per-domain. Thus, the OpenID string key “fingerprint” that we use to identify you on Stack Overflow is…
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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 26, 2009

Joke Questions: Please Refrain

The problem of joke questions has come up more than a few times now, so it’s worth going over how we will handle them. In a nutshell, please do not post joke questions. What do I mean by joke question? It’s a question that.. Looks authentic, but is a parody of a real question. Describes…
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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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