community July 12, 2010

Improvements to Badge System

Remember our old pal Sam Saffron? He’s been toiling away on a feature that has been heavily requested for over a year now — associating badges with the posts they were earned on. As of now, every new badge award — and most historically awarded badges — will tell you exactly why you got that…
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community July 11, 2010

Summer 2010 Moderator Appointments

Due to a continual and ever-growing stream of moderator flags on the classic trilogy — and a desire to be respectful of the time our existing community moderators are so generously contributing to our community — I recently proposed on meta that we add moderators to each classic trilogy site: Stack Overflow (came in 3rd…
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community July 10, 2010

The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta

Groups have an amazing ability to self organize — not by following rules or hierarchies of authority, but through basic human nature. Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a spontaneous brainstorming session with a group of colleagues? Sometimes you just know that you’re at the start of something big — something important…
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api July 8, 2010

Stack Exchange API 1.0 Imminent

Remember that totally awesome Stack Exchange API contest we announced on May 23rd? Specifically, one of the rules of the contest? Your app must work against the final, 1.0 released version of the API. We’ll give you at least a week’s notice here on the blog when that’s closer to happening. Well, if you’re planning…
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area51 July 7, 2010

Area 51: First Public Beta

We just released our first Stack Exchange 2.0 site into public beta: Web Applications Q&A site for experts and advanced users of web applications.Web Apps was one of the hottest proposals from the earliest days of Area 51 so there’s little doubt that this site will be huge. After a one-week private beta, the site…
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area51 July 7, 2010

Your New Site: Asking the First Questions

What is the single most important design element of a new Q&A site? The name? The logo? The colors? The FAQ? Think about that for a moment — see if you know the answer — and we’ll get back to the question later. If you’ve spent any time on our back-channel at meta.stackoverflow.com, the most…
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company July 2, 2010

Our Designer in Residence: Jin Yang

I’m pleased to announce we now have a full-time, bona fide designer on our team: Jin Yang. I worked with Jin a bit in constructing the Super User design last year, but he was absolutely instrumental in putting together our amazing Area 51 design and the equally impressive ‘sketchy’ design for the current Web Applications…
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community June 29, 2010

Server Fault: Hiring From the Community

Remember when I talked about Eating Our Own Careers Dogfood? Well, that applies to all of our sites, not just Stack Overflow. Including Server Fault. I’m pleased to announce we’re expanding our team on the System Administrator side with Server Fault user Kyle Brandt. (yes, technically this means Kyle is Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00009,…
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area51 June 27, 2010

Area 51: Trusting the Community

The team and I have been busy cranking out Stack Exchange proposals like crazy. And by “the team and I,” I mean “the team.” They write tons of software while I chime in with encouraging remarks like “good job” and “move this thing over there.” The tools our developers create provide an unprecedented opportunity for…
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background June 25, 2010

Welcome Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00008

I’d like to introduce Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00008 — Sam Saffron. Sam is from Australia, yes, that Australia, but I’ve forgiven the continent. Well, mostly. Sam, in addition to being an avid participant on Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Overflow, has been busy building stuff. His Media Browser is an open source plugin for…
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cc-wiki-dump June 25, 2010

Stack Exchange Data Explorer Open Sourced

As promised, the Stack Exchange Data Explorer — a web-based tool for querying our creative commons data — is now open source! This is, of course, the project that our newest Valued Associate, Sam Saffron, has been working so hard on over the last 6-8 weeks. The project is hosted at Google Code in a…
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