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engineering July 22, 2019

How Stack Overflow upgraded from Windows Server 2012

Warning: This post is long. While working through this massive server upgrade/migration process, tears were shed, many cuss words were uttered, along with a general feeling of frustration, which ultimately culminated into extreme happiness once the migration was completed. The scale and complexity of the implementation factor into the length of this post, and I’ll share…
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Database Administrator at Stack Overflow
company October 26, 2012

Take the Super User Windows 8 Challenge

Well, Windows 8 is finally available in the wild. Of course, developers have had access to it for quite a while – our ongoing Apptivate contest would be looking pretty sad otherwise. But now you can actually _buy _the upgrade for your home PC if you’re so inclined, or for your mom’s PC if you…
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Community Manager (former)
community February 4, 2011

Welcome Our New Trilogy Moderators for 2011!

The trilogy elections are now complete. Welcome our new trilogy moderators for 2011! Stack Overflow Server Fault Super User I hereby declare the new election process, at least as judged by the quality of the final candidates and the eventual winners, a resounding success! Thank you for so generously contributing your time to keep your…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community January 28, 2011

Stack Overflow Search — Now 81% Less Crappy

Google has ruined search for everyone. By that I mean they have done it so long, so fast, and so well — despite the recent speed bump — that users simply expect everyone’s search to be as good as Google’s. And that is … challenging. Particularly considering Google is an enormous company now, with server…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company January 19, 2011

Trilogy 2011 Elections Begin

After vetting the new, improved election process on math.stackexchange.com we’re ready for the next big step: 2011 community moderator elections on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I’d make a great community moderator!” — now is your chance to nominate yourself: serverfault.com/election superuser.com/election stackoverflow.com/election Don’t worry —…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community October 14, 2010

New Question Migration Paths

Several Area 51 sites have made it from being mere proposals to vibrant, thriving websites. Namely, webapps, gaming, ubuntu, webmasters, and very soon, cooking. And we’re about to have a heck of a lot more sites come out of beta. Thus, we need to handle migration of questions from site to site in a more…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community October 7, 2010

Membership Has Its Privileges

Our very own Benjamin Dumke opened a meta topic about a year ago that was prescient: Right now, crossing one of the magical rep borders happens more or less unnoticed. People just gain the particular powers. Now, of course they have eagerly been awaiting this moment, and want to start using their new powers instantly.…
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Co-Founder (Former)
company September 28, 2010

New Global Inbox

One unwanted side effect of launching so many awesome new Stack Exchange network sites is that the more you participated in, the harder it became to keep track of all your questions, answers, and comments across every site you participated on. That’s kind of a bummer. Well, I’m pleased to announce we’ve added a new…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community September 23, 2010

Flair: Now Even Flairier

When we introduced user flair back in May 2009, we provided two ways to embed flair, either with an iframe, or JavaScript. That may have been fine for a programming website like Stack Overflow, but it wasn’t so hot for … normal people. That is, people who do not live and breathe markup like us…
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Co-Founder (Former)
community September 16, 2010

Super User Chat Now Available

As promised, we are slowly rolling out the third place across our network… even for ewoks! In addition to chat.meta.stackoverflow and chat.serverfault we just brought up chat.superuser.com: It’s only appropriate that, after adding per-site metas, we would also add chat to complete three out of four sites in the original “trilogy”. superuser.com Q&A; for computer…
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Co-Founder (Former)