company May 30, 2009

Improved Email Notifications

In addition to our previous email support, we now offer question owners the ability to receive email notifications of new answers to individual questions. It’s a new option at the bottom of any question you’ve asked: Ticking this box will enable global email notifications in your account preferences, and entering an email address here is…
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beta May 27, 2009

Server Fault Public Beta Launches

Q: How do geeks know it’s a holiday? A: Because the Google logo changed. Yes, I said we’d launch Server Fault on the 25th, completely missing the fact that the 25th happens to be Memorial Day, a major holiday that most businesses observe, at least here in the United States. Hopefully everyone had a very…
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background May 21, 2009

Welcome Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00003

I am pleased to announce that Stack Overflow just added another team member in an officially paid capacity: Geoff Dalgas. Geoff and I met on a customer site in 1996. Here was this crazy kid, in charge of all the computer stuff at a government facility, who knew more about the computers and custom software…
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community May 20, 2009

Linking Duplicate Questions

Today’s update completes another top-rated UserVoice request — making it easier to explicitly link duplicate questions together. There are lots of small improvements that go with this build. We now show the current close vote count in the close menu, so you have some idea why the other 3k+ rep users think this question should…
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community May 19, 2009

Welcome New Community Moderators

The Stack Overflow moderator election is now complete. There were two users who clearly ran away from the pack in the voting: Marc Gravell and Bill the Lizard. Between the two of them, they accounted for almost a third of all the 2,880 votes cast. It was a tough choice determining such a close race…
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community May 18, 2009

A Theory of Moderation

We believe deeply in community moderation. That’s why we appoint Pro Tempore Moderators and, ideally, democratically elected community moderators for every site in our network. But what do community moderators do? The short answer is, as little as possible! From the very first version of Stack Overflow faq way back in mid-2008, our goal has…
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community May 17, 2009

Server Fault Public Beta Nears

The Server Fault private beta is going well; it looks like the Server Fault public beta will begin May 25th. It’s been challenging to find the right community for Server Fault, which is intended for IT professionals and System Administrators. Launching Stack Overflow, a site for programmers, was much easier in comparison, because Joel Spolsky…
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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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