background June 16, 2009

The Perfect Web Spider Storm

We noticed something unusual on our Cacti graphs today. Can you spot it? Yes! The light gray of the graph background does seem a few shades lighter than normal! I see it too! No, no, of course I’m talking about that massive traffic spike from 06:00 to 15:00 PST (server time). In the words of…
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community June 16, 2009

Logo Design Contest for superuser.com

Remember our logo design contest for stackoverflow.com? And the logo design contest for serverfault.com? Well, it’s time to bust out your copies of Microsoft Paint and rev up those mad MacPaint fat bits skillz, because we just launched a logo design contest for superuser.com. You remember superuser.com — it’s the third site in the Stack…
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cc-wiki-dump June 4, 2009

Stack Overflow Creative Commons Data Dump

We decided early on that all user-generated content on Stack Overflow would be under a Creative Commons license. All those great Stack Overflow questions, answers, and comments, so generously contributed by all of you, are licensed under cc-wiki (also known as cc-by-sa): cc-wiki license You are free to Share — to copy, distribute, and transmit…
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community June 3, 2009

Jobs At Stack Overflow

You may have noticed we now have a small job ad in the sidebar: This takes you to jobs.stackoverflow.com or, jobs.serverfault.com. If these job boards look … familiar, there’s a reason. Since Joel and I are already in bed together (figuratively! figuratively!) it makes sense to combine our efforts in the jobs area rather than…
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community June 1, 2009

New Tag Statistics

We’ve added a new stats tab to the tag view that shows some basic statistics within the tag(s). Here’s what it looks like for /questions/tagged/iphone: The number next to the user names reflects the number of non-community wiki answer upvotes for each user. This is the same algorithm used to award the tag-based badges, so…
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community May 31, 2009

The Stack Overflow Trilogy

I’ve always envisioned the Stack Overflow story as a trilogy. You know, like Star Wars. The original, non-sucky Star Wars, I mean. And now that I’ve secured the third domain name, we can complete our trilogy. I think the analogy works on several levels: stackoverflow.com For programmers The first. The fondly remembered classic. A model…
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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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