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12:00 AM
SE suffers from a lot of those problems, which, imo at least, cause a lot of the problems where people disagree on "intended" vs "actual" functionality
 
SE suffers mightily from people wanting to have their cake and still eat it
 
Blaming users for not reading a blog post explaining otherwise counterintuitive features? That's... just bad UX design, and while I totally get where you are coming from, I like to think I drank the cool aid am in the top fraction of users in overall knowledge of how SE works
 
To be fair, I also dragged my feet for two years on publishing those close stats. Finally gave up on wanting to make them pretty. (Oded did a pretty decent job of cleaning up my even-uglier prototype though)
 
@Shog9 But again, this is kind of a philosophical thing - if the design allows or even encourages things that are contrary to it's design intent - that will drive me CRAZY because it's a "blame the users, not the design" problem
 
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> Writing social software is hard. And, as I said, the act of writing social software is more like the work of an economist or a political scientist. And the act of hosting social software, the relationship of someone who hosts it is more like a relationship of landlords to tenants than owners to boxes in a warehouse.

The people using your software, even if you own it and pay for it, have rights and will behave as if they have rights. And if you abrogate those rights, you'll hear about it very quickly.
 
12:04 AM
And yes, this is my UX/HCI background.. asserting itself :)
 
Which is why my first answer to your question was, "does it matter?"
I mean, Jeff & Joel in '08 would've preferred one site full of computery stuff... That's not how it was used.
 
@Shog9 It matters when multiple employees want the viewpoint which is contrary to how the site mechanics work in many cases, because it causes, ah, friction
 
Closed questions get deleted. By design or not, that's what actually happens.
We can argue over a specific question, topic, field... But we can't deny reality.
 
@Shog9 I think that data would look different if it excluded negatively downvoted questions, and only looked at what percentage of positively upvoted (perhaps 2+) and closed questions are deleted
 
Of course
 
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12:11 AM
I also think that our daily crap is confusing some of the metrics...
 
It'd be a lot smaller, for starters...
 
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I had 9 questions that I cast close votes on in the previous voting day deleted within that voting day.
 
@Shog9 but that's the point - you can't say "most questions get closed" and then assume that the same type of question always ends up in that outcome - just because nearly all bad questions (like, off topic questions without a hope of edit to make them remotely on topic) end up deleted does not directly imply questions which are closed
 
But... If it was 50% or even 20%… is that a good bet?
 
there are 7000 questions here alone that are closed and not deleted and are greater than 1, for example
 
12:14 AM
(Also, you're skewing the data by doing that - folks downvote to delete...)
 
@Shog9 that would actually make my point even more compelling, since there are still so many closed but not deleted questions - add back in the ones that were, prior to downvotes, 1 or higher too
 
6.8k deleted for that query, btw
 
@Shog9 which query? the "downvoted into deletion" one ?
 
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
 
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I will point out a number of those are consecutive posts. Rather disappointing.
 
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12:16 AM
(4, 5, 6; and 7, 8, 9 are consecutive)
 
Are you saying they're closed and intentionally not deleted @enderland? I'm not sure that's knowable.
 
@Shog9 I guess I'm curious what percentage of questions on P.SE that have been closed were deleted
it would be great to know which ones were roomba deleted by downvotes, significantly after the fact
 
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roomba one is tricky.
 
right
Or what percentage of the questions that were deleted in the past year were actually positive voted - ie deleted manually, vs roomba
A lot of the questions here are just not good questions and get -4 or worse downvoted, it'd be neat to exclude all those from this because those questions likely never had a chance of being on topic
 
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bar chart of reputation buckets of deleted questions.
 
12:25 AM
Honestly though, only 74% of questions from a 90 day period that ended a year ago being deleted? I am SHOCKED it's that low, given the volume of crap that comes through
to me that means that nearly all "edge case" questions are not being deleted as I suspect many (or most?) of those questions that ended up deleted were completely hopeless
 
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Better yet - three overlain bar charts: deleted closed questions, and closed questions, and all questions.
 
@MichaelT oh doing an odd scenario of dependant typing. Yeah, that is a neat type level DFA; if you think about it fluent interfaces are an example of a singular re-entrant automoton - by way of type recursion; structure it as mutual recursion and you get two automotons, and through similar constructions you can keep adding. That's neat, I never looked at any of those types of things through that lense
 
@MichaelT that might be obtainable from data.SE though I'm not a wizard there..
 
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@JimmyHoffa Yep. Most fluent interfaces don't actually do that type juggling though and instead do runtime errors.
 
@MichaelT I've done stuff like that before; I once created a type: Query that could go to Query, or Result, and the type Result could go to Query
 
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12:30 AM
@enderland more doable now with deleted question queries, but I haven't dug into that at all.
 
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@JimmyHoffa I've got two answers that piqued my interest in the type system automata... and that got me going.
 
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A: How should I handle incompatible configurations with the Builder pattern?

MichaelTYou've got your Builder. However, at this point you need some interfaces. There is a FileBuilder interface that defines one subset of methods (not setSize) and a SizeBuilder interface that defines another subset of methods (not setFilename). You may wish to have a GenericBuilder interface exte...

 
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A: How to make sure people call methods in the right order?

MichaelTThe fluent interface for a inner domain specific language is built on top of the Builder pattern. Ultimately, you are building up a representation that is to be used. The solution is to then use a stateful builder (related: How should I handle incompatible configurations with the Bulider pattern...

 
@RobertHarvey I read your "looking for a union" as "looking for a unicorn" and was.. confused
 
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@enderland related context for that question: programmers.stackexchange.com/q/298967/40980
 
12:36 AM
@enderland who knows? It could mean that; it could mean some of the crap isn't being deleted either, it could mean most of everything is being deleted and 26% of stuff just falls through the cracks regardless.
 
@Shog9 That's why I'm curious for the data :) We can sling opinions all day, but realistically, a deletion histogram for "manually deleted", "roomba deleted", and "closed but not deleted" would be pretty interesting for this discussion (I don't expect you to get this by the way, it seems it might be non-trivial - especially given the DV to roomba factor)
man this discussion makes me realize I am WAY more passionate about good UX and data driven UX than most things I do in my day job
 
@MichaelT the benefit of doing that type of query / result thing is - you can do anything you want without any errors on the query, and then when it comes down to getting the result; that's the only time you need to handle errors; at the end.
 
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@JimmyHoffa I'm thinking back to the parse errors in the interpreter in the receipt printer back at Employer^^^. Read a line of the file, add string to buffer, read a line from file, parse error... boom.
 
It lets you separate your code up more nicely in that way, one section devoted to filtering and querying and finding what you want, and another section for handling the results.
 
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The language was regular (painfully so)...
 
12:44 AM
@enderland confused? Anytime someone who's talented claims to be looking for a unicorn, you should be excited. Your priorities are a mess..
 
Doesn't help that the data you (or gnat) would like literally doesn't exist: view rate is not tracked. @enderland
 
@Shog9 is time of vote tracked?
 
Sure
 
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@Shog9 still makes me sad.
 
@MichaelT yeah, I've spoiled myself with things like this - then I go use other peoples stuff and when I find every other call demands a try/catch or some kind of hand holding I just want to model my whole operation ahead of time and then thunk it later
 
12:45 AM
I don't really care about view rate
 
Not fast to query, but its there
 
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If the view count could have been timestamped with each new post in the question.
 
not sure what gnat wants from that, I'm more curious to see histograms with the total votes for questions grouped by: deleted (manual), deleted (roomba), and closed (not deleted)
this might be available on data.SE too now, actually
 
Some is, some isnt
 
@enderland histogram... I will only ever be able to think that's a chart of pressure over time even though I think it's more general than that
 
12:47 AM
it would be great to see how many roomba questions were hit by DVs after a significant time period though (to try to see how many roomba questions really were "downvote to delete" instead of "delete vote to delete")
 
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@enderland view count would give us better insight into "did it get 2000 views in the first week? or just 100 in the first week and 100 each month after that" - gives better insight into the "is this a flash in the pan or something people are routinely finding"
 
We're experimenting with deleted post metadata in the dumps, but gotta see where / how it's used
Even metadata can be dangerous
 
@MichaelT Yeah, that would help with a different question though - my main question here is understanding what percentage of non-terrible questions are actually auto deleted (or not)
 
@Shog9 you can't pick the data out of quantcast? Views/visits are classical webmaster analytics that I wouldn't expect you guys to have intermeshed with your participation data that runs your algorithms..
 
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@enderland I know, just explaining the query that the view count would give insight into.
 
12:48 AM
Like, if a question ends up at say +1 and closed, how likely is it to get deleted manaully? roombaed (by downvotes later?) etc
oh ya
 
This is a LOT of data, @jimmy
 
Lots of interesting info if you can dream up any data you want :(
 
Data is great, but what about all the folks in this room who just use good ole observation?
 
@Shog9 of course; I just mean on a cherry picked per post basis could you not get a simplistic graph?
 
We mostly use GA and we're up against quotas there
 
12:49 AM
ah, makes sense
 
For a given post and timeframe, sure. But that doesn't say much.
 
@Shog9 if we could pull it for a representative sample of say 10-30 posts, it could say something
we would just have to be specific in what we were trying to identify or else the 10-30 posts wouldn't be representative of anything.
 
I'm with @RobertHarvey here: data is great, but once you have some it's time for good old-fashioned prejudice and name-calling
 
@Shog9 everyone already calls you names I thought?
 
observation is notoriously biased
(obviously)
well, maybe not obviously
everyone else's observations are obviously biased, just not our own
 
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12:52 AM
 
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Yes, Data is great.
 
They calls it like they sees it, @jimmy straps on jackboots
 
@enderland yes, that's why it's best to bias against; disproving your hypothesis should always be the goal
 
@JimmyHoffa no the goal is proving everyone else wrong on the internet
 
@enderland no, the goal is to get the money, then the respect, then the... time to go watch somethin, later.
 
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1:17 AM
Hmm... confused person asking for language choice advice:
 
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> Certain language features I just hate. For example, in Javascript you can assign a variable to be a boolean and then re-assign that variable to be a String. I hate that. It just feels wrong.

...

Options include: Node.js, Python, Ruby, PhP, Java.
 
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So, the answer is "Java"
 
Never show him C
At least, not K&R
 
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@Shog9 A fuller quote... (still more to it):
 
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> Certain language features I just hate. For example, in Javascript you can assign a variable to be a boolean and then re-assign that variable to be a String. I hate that. It just feels wrong. I also hate how in C you have to break the type system with unsafe casts.
 
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1:21 AM
-1
Q: Which server side website programming language should I learn? (Advice request)

Michael Lafayette* Short Version * I hate dynamic typing and minimalist coding environments. I need to learn a server side website language for things like website forms, websockets, etc. Which one would you recommend? * Long Version * I'm a computer science student familiar with Java, C++, C, and Scala. I am ...

 
@MichaelT tl;dr
 
Ha
 
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@enderland tl;dr: I hate at least one language feature in these languages, which languages (which have these features) should I learn?
 
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"I hate javascript, should I learn Node.js? I hate dynamic and duck typing, is php, python or ruby something I should learn?"
 
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@Shog9 as an aside to the bit discussion earlier... not sure if you saw it. Suggesting Math.SE as an example of a well run site gets the whiteboard collective hackles up. We like to pride ourselves on fully answered questions. This search just makes me cringe as its quality... and suggesting that we should be more like that site... its a good way to raise a bit of ire.
 
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1:32 AM
 
Meh. Every site is different; doesn't mean we can't learn from them
 
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But with Math, we had an experience where a complete answer was getting down voted because it was a complete answer.
 
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If you want to compare us to other sites, compare us to MathOverflow, Tex, SciFi, or Skeptics.
 
Lotta stuff I don't like about math, and they've certainly had their own problems to deal with - but they also managed to avoid some of the... Uh, decadence let's say... That plagued SO and later progse
 
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70
A: which is larger number? $\sqrt{7}-\sqrt{6}$ or $\sqrt{6}-\sqrt{5}$

tetoriHint. $$\sqrt{a+1}-\sqrt{a}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{a+1}+\sqrt{a}}$$

 
1:35 AM
"If x is true for 1 then it must hold for 500"
 
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A: If $a$, $a+2$ and $a+4$ are prime numbers then, how can one prove that there is only one solution for $a$?

Brian M. ScottHINT: One of the numbers $a,a+2$, and $a+4$ must be divisible by $3$. Why?

 
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I hope that we never accept answers like that.
 
Remeber, math.se was aimed at least in part at students
Socratic answers are not so bad in this context
 
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And claiming that providing a never-ending stream of hints is something that should enable us to also allow a question with 20+ answers to remain open...
 
@MichaelT is that votes vs views? The title is misleading :)
 
1:37 AM
I don't think that was the intent of the comparison
 
unlabeled axis FTL
 
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Given the context of the question that was getting reopened, that is how I understood it.
 
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(it was a "what are your opinions on this subject" soft question with 26 answers)
 
Ah. Again, I haven't looked at the question that prompted this debate.
 
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Giving Math (with a dozen hints) and AskDifferent (with its "what are your favorite features in iOS 9?") as examples of sites that are able to handle it... it was a pair of examples that rubbed me the wrong way.
 
1:38 AM
My goal is simply to inform the discussion; I have no opioon on the outcome
 
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(AskDifferent has a rather cohesive and like minded Q&A population - which contributes to their ability to handle big list questions... similar to how MathOverflow can do it too)
 
@MichaelT So that's actually a good example of what I was alluding to with Math: Apple.SE did become considerably more disciplined WRT these questions after their early days, to their benefit.
 
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But with Math, we've had people (decades out of academic settings) ask questions there and get hints. We've had people give answers there and get down voted for having a complete answer to the question. Just one of those "yep, you didn't know the history there - a bad choice of sites"
 
@MichaelT I hardly need mention that folks have similar experiences on Progse...
 
Nah, here's it's the opposite problem - they know only the oldest history ;)
 
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1:42 AM
@MichaelT Math is one of those sites I avoid (SF is another one) for fear of being chastised through my keyboard.
 
I doubt most folks asking questions know either
 
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You mentioned our reputation in the SF election a bit ago.
 
Who did?
 
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You did.
 
I did?
Not the most recent election then
 
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1:43 AM
> It kinda sounds like you've correctly identified the problem, and then... Arrived at the status quo as the solution. Let's face it: as a community, your reputation for cruelty, snark, and general unhelpfulness is unmatched - even Programmers, which attracts far fewer questions per day and rejects nearly all of them, doesn't come close to generating the levels of straight-up vitriol that y'all do.
 
need more vitriol/hate. let the hate flow through your veins...
That's the takeaway right?
 
@MichaelT ah, well... That's just accurate.
 
@MichaelT to be fair, SF makes everyone look like adorable little kittens
 
y'all get very few on-topic questions, but at least you're nice about turning folks away
 
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Trying to find that comment that @Ixrec made early on in his tenure in chat about the difference between SF and P.SE's attitude.
 
1:47 AM
SF has this charming "we're being swarmed by ants - quickly everyone, aim down and empty your clip!" attitude
 
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(it was about how when we get off topic questions our attitude isn't "burn them!" but rather "sigh, another misguided soul...")
 
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Apr 10 at 21:10, by Ixrec
it does seem like over here the prevailing attitude regarding the bad questions is one of melancholy rather than anger
 
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2:05 AM
@Snowman one of the problems with being on mobile all day, you don't see name fonts.
 
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Welcome to the italics. Still not blue though.
 
user114359
Yay, now what?
 
you weren't a room owner?
you can read deleted messages now
 
user114359
Ah, cool. Nope, I was not a room owner.
 
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2:08 AM
Is it supposed to show up in red like on the main site?
 
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And you can pin. And clear pins. And stars.
 
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Nope.
 
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Try pinning that stack exchange message. Everything of importance is accessed through the drop down on the left side of a message.
 
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I'm a room owner of the cv-please room but never did any room owner stuff
 
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I don't normally go looking for privileges until I need them. Less stuff for me to break.
 
2:11 AM
@MichaelT I just realized that I read the title of your question all wrong; it wasn't a question about broads, it was a question you thought was too broad
 
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There's also stuff in the 'room' drop down under the icons.
 
@Snowman I am still learning all about chat things, they aren't really intuitive sometimes (you can reply to the transcript, in case you or others didn't know this - I learned this not very long ago)
 
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deleted messages don't show up in the transcript even to room owners. Need to page back for them if you want to read them.
 
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@enderland that's how I got in here this time, JimmyHoffa pinged me and I hit reply from the transcript.
 
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well, I replied to someone else's post next to his.
 
2:12 AM
@Snowman I learned about that just a few months ago... :)
 
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@stephelton welcome to the white board (a new face... literally)
 
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(we get tired of looking at @enderland's smiling mug all the time)
 
@MichaelT 1. ping. only.
 
are linux specific questions appropriate here?
 
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2:13 AM
Here being where?
 
the chat room, i suppose
 
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Most anything goes in the chat room.
 
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The level of discourse is that of what you would find talking to a co-worker... while the boss is in the next cube over. So if you would talk about that there, you could talk about it here.
 
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For main site, the guidance is best summarized in:
 
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Q: Where does my git question go?

MichaelTYou've got a question about git. Its not uncommon, lots of people have questions about git. But where should the question be asked?

 
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2:15 AM
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Q: Where does my tool question go?

Thomas OwensI have a question about tools. According to the on-topic page, tool questions are off-topic on Programmers Stack Exchange. Is there a site for me to go to ask specific tool questions?

 
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You can ask pretty much anything here, no guarantee you will get a usable response.
 
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@Snowman it is coffee day after all.
 
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That depends on the coffee to scotch ratio
 
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If you ask something suitable for the main site we might direct you there, it is a bit more permanent and you might get fake internet points out of it.
 
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You need to learn to code. You basically ask the equivalent of "I want to make wiskey, and I have 30$ and know how to drink it". — Per Alexandersson 47 secs ago
 
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2:17 AM
Its such a beautiful comment.
 
lol funny timing
 
in linux, when you fork(), all memory pages allocated to the original process are shared between the two processes, and marked COW (copy on write). so if both processes have memory pointers that point to the same address, and that's copied after being written, the same pointer must now point to different physical addresses. so more a question about virtual memory -- how does the MMU know how to differentiate?
 
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Being a big whiskey fan, I love that comment.
 
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@stephelton ech... thats at a level deeper than I dealt with back in MIPS class decades ago.
 
i'm trying to dig deep... :) no real need to know, just curious.
 
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@stephelton that is a bit low-level for me too. I have a few educated guesses that come to mind, but I just don't know.
 
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A: Specifically, how does fork() handle dynamically allocated memory from malloc() in Linux?

abyxEach page that is allocated for the process (be it a virtual memory page that has the stack on it or the heap) is copied for the forked process to be able to access it. Actually, it is not copied right at the start, it is set to Copy-on-Write, meaning once one of the processes (parent or child) ...

 
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Q: The difference between fork(), vfork(), exec() and clone()

user476033I was looking to find the difference between these four on Google and I expected there to be a huge amount of information on this, but there really wasn't any solid comparison between the four calls. I set about trying to compile a kind of basic at-a-glance look at the differences between these...

 
haha thanks guys =P
 
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> Some consider the semantics of vfork() to be an architectural
blemish, and the 4.2BSD man page stated: "This system call will be
eliminated when proper system sharing mechanisms are implemented.
Users should not depend on the memory sharing semantics of vfork() as
it will, in that case, be made synonymous to fork(2)." However, even
though modern memory management hardware has decreased the
performance difference between fork(2) and vfork(), there are various
reasons why Linux and other systems have retained vfork():
 
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2:20 AM
Never underestimate the "search" function on SO with its 10,000,000 questions.
 
related question: when the original process dies, or for that matter free()s memory, can the memory truly be freed until the fork()ed process dies as well?
 
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@stephelton Remember that everything is a fork of the kernel....
 
fork of init... right?
 
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@MichaelT Is that really true? Fork is not the only way to start a process.
 
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@stephelton init is a process that the kernel runs.
 
user114359
2:22 AM
Seems like a really bad idea to fork a core system process with elevated access to security and other core stuff
 
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> init is one of those programs that are absolutely essential to the operation of a Linux system, but that you still can mostly ignore. A good Linux distribution will come with a configuration for init that will work for most systems, and on these systems there is nothing you need to do about init. Usually, you only need to worry about init if you hook up serial terminals, dial-in (not dial-out) modems, or if you want to change the default run level.

When the kernel has started itself (has been loaded into memory, has started running, and has initialized all device drivers and data structu
 
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@Snowman The kernel runs init in user space. Everything else is a fork of that.
 
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This also (reading this now) makes it clear to me how that kernel space memory was always available - it was always there because everything was a fork of it.
 
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@MichaelT I admit I am not really an expert on the low level guts of process management in Linux (birth and death, I can manage them on the command line), it just seemed a bit off.
 
thanks, @MichaelT
 
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2:25 AM
@Snowman nor am I... just remembering the classes and some things clicking.
 
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There are toolkits out there a Google search away. Honestly, the lack of research on your part and the inability to read the help center does not endear me to recommending one to you, sorry. — Snowman 3 mins ago
 
i thought processes had to be explicitly re-parented by init, otherwise they were zombies
 
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@stephelton chat tip: you can click the arrow on the far right of a chat message to reply directly to that message.
 
thanks :)
 
user114359
I hate coming across as not "being nice" but sometimes people need to know that asking people for help means following community guidelines
 
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2:27 AM
@MichaelT I never had anything Linux-specific in either of my degree programs, just theoretical OS classes, one per degree.
 
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although the graduate OS class was mind-breaking: distributed operating systems.
 
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@Snowman when I was in college, Linux was in the v2.0 and v2.2 period.
 
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My first machine of my own was a slackware 486 DX4 (at 100 mhz)... and my lab mates were impressed with its speed.
 
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> Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-62-generic x86_64)
 
user114359
Yeah, that was a while ago. I first ran Linux in the 2.0-ish days
 
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2:29 AM
@stephelton process resources are released with the exit() call. Zombies call exit(), but still have their pid and exit state lurking around.
 
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late 90s
 
user55340
While I don't have the stuff to test it, create a zombie intentionally. Have it open a file, (and not close it) and allocate some memory. When it becomes a zombie, check /proc for it and see what is still there.
 
user114359
How critical is it for me to update my Linux home server given it is behind a NAT firewall?
 
user114359
> 51 packages can be updated.
> 29 updates are security updates.
 
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I am normally pretty lazy about it
 
user114359
2:31 AM
I figure if the NSA wants in, they get in
 
@MichaelT maybe something like: (1) start program, allocate lots of memory, (2) fork, (3) exit (parent). the child will then be owned by init -- but what happens to all the COW memory that the child (probably) doesn't care about?
 
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@stephelton that may very well still be there.
 
@MichaelT it must be... there's no way to know whether or not the child still wants that memory
 
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@Snowman The professor that I had for computer architecture was Prof. ames Larus - he wrote the software for the class: pages.cs.wisc.edu/~larus/spim.html
 
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Note where he's working now.
 
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2:35 AM
@MichaelT Nice. I wouldn't mind having that job.
 
user55340
> New address:
Microsoft Research
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
 
user114359
he wrote SPIM?
 
user55340
Yep.
 
user114359
sweet. I used that in my undergraduate program
 
user55340
2:36 AM
> spim mips simulator
Brought to you by: jameslarus
 
user114359
one of my computer architecture classes, a 200 level class. I still remember the professor and the class.
 
user114359
That was the same class where we had to code in binary for a VM
 
user114359
it was a VM designed for education, nothing like a "real" VM
 
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A: Frame Pointer Explanation

MichaelTIn MIPS assembly, the stack pointer points to the top of the stack. As you allocate space on the stack, the stack pointer ($sp) moves to point to the free memory. When calling a subroutine in MIPS assembly (registers were at a premium in those days - register based parameters where unconvention...

 
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2:38 AM
It's come in useful since then...
 
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-1
Q: Which language should I start with?

BompyI want to program games and I don't know which language I should use first, I have absolutely no budget, and no experience where should I go?

 
user114359
This user is cruising for a question ban
 
user55340
That's going to be 2 of 2 for closed.
 
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I want my CV back!
 
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2:44 AM
Five of my close votes so far have gone to now deleted questions.
 
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Yesterday it was nine.
 
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Q: Refund close votes for questions deleted on the same day

MichaelTWhen a question is deleted the same vote-day as it was closed, refund the close votes cast on the question. There are three situations where this comes up: Question has a close vote or two, a comment tells the OP that this is off topic (or about issues with the question) and the OP self delete...

 
user114359
Oh I know the MSE question and how SE staff are pretty apathetic about it.
 
user114359
I like how the question title "Which language should I start with?" is almost word-for-word off-topic as stated in the help center.
 
user55340
@Snowman You want 200 rep? I've tossed another bounty on it.
 
user55340
2:49 AM
(gnat had 50 in the past, I've done 50, 100, and now 200)
 
Are "how does X work" questions generally acceptable?
 
user55340
@stephelton They're... possibly borderline depending on how specific you get into it (the more specific, the better)
 
user55340
How does an MMU work would get closed as too broad.
 
how about "how can the MMU tell the difference (blah blah blah our conversation about fork() earlier)"
 
user55340
How are resources released when a process exits that has been forked on a system that has a MMU would probably do reasonably well.
 
2:51 AM
i distilled our conversation into two questions, i guess :)
 
user114359
@MichaelT how does that even work? I post an answer saying "I agree"?
 
(1) process A starts (2) process A allocates memory page at virtual addr 0x1234 (3) process A forks to process B (4) process B modifies its COW page at 0x1234 (5) now both processes have virtual addr 0x1234 that points to different physical addresses -- how does the MMU know the difference?
 
user114359
@stephelton please keep in mind that hardware is off-topic here, unless the question has to do with software interacting with hardware (and is conceptual)
 
user114359
lol, 216 MSE rep
 
user55340
@Snowman Bemoan about the loss of close votes with a few more words than what would be appropriate for a comment.
 
2:53 AM
@Snowman yeah, that's why i came to chat in the first place =P
 
user55340
I'd still consider it more borderline, and more answerable here than other places. And if its off topic here, its a question that would be migrated rather than closed to not migrate crap. Because it doesn't sound like a crap question.
 
@MichaelT heh, thanks. i might go poke my head in hardware chat or something first
 
user114359
@stephelton If you want more feedback on the specific question, you can always post on a site's meta and say "here is my proposed question: ZZZZZZ is this on-topic and good quality?"
 
@Snowman that's a good idea... thanks
 
user55340
Gives a more persistent and different population view of the question.
 
user55340
2:56 AM
(we're one population... and apparently the only ones still up... europe hasn't really gotten going yet and we've got a number of people there who don't visit this chat, but do visit meta)
 
user114359
Personally I find hardware discussions fascinating even if I cannot contribute much to the topic. I have written some device drivers but my knowledge of how a CPU's guts work is limited to what I learned in college and an occasional article or blog.
 
@Snowman indeed, i'm just curious... i never went to college, so this is how i learn :)
 
user114359
@stephelton even if you are gainfully employed, it is worth getting a B.S. in computer science. There are many employers who demand it regardless of work history.
 
user55340
Until you have enough work history to start at senior... its helpful.
 
user55340
Employer^^^ had a off the bat $1.00/h difference for the same job with vs without relevant degree.
 
3:03 AM
@Snowman i have about 10 years of professional experience. i still consider going back to school, but i'd probably want to do something other than CS
 
user55340
(in other words, it took an additional two years to max out pay there - and that $2k (+ OT) would have impact on their bonus structure which was a percent of total earnings for the year)
 
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A: Refund close votes for questions deleted on the same day

SnowmanIn the past day on Programmers I have had six votes on questions that were deleted the same day. That accounts for 6/24 = 25% of my votes for the day. By lunchtime (US) we are 8+ hours away from resetting votes and typically get a few questions in need of quick closure. Sometimes these questions...

 
user114359
From personal experience I have had my B.S. so I never had to deal with any issues, but I have had coworkers who lacked the degree. Clearly they were able to get the job, but pay was always a very sore subject with them.
 
user114359
@MichaelT crap, looks like an official Wii-U app. Not something I can do on the desktop.
 
3:16 AM
@MichaelT An additional $2000 per year. Not even enough to make a car payment.
 
user55340
The chat design is based on the Programmers SE main design, and just hasn't been changed yet. That's actually how the buttons on Programmers used to look. — animuson ♦ 4 hours ago
 
Because 3d buttons are so 5 minutes ago. — Robert Harvey 13 secs ago
 
user55340
@RobertHarvey plus OT... I seem to recall that I had an additional 500+h of OT there/year... and the bonuses where things like "10% of all the money you made last year, including bonuses from the year before"
 
So the difference accumulates, then.
 
user55340
Quite substantially if you are there for the long haul.
 
user55340
3:19 AM
The golden handcuffs where only in place at Employer^^^ if you were there for more than 5-7 (depending on pay) years. If you had been there less than 5 years, the bonuses didn't seem quite as much of a reason to stay.
 
user114359
I wouldn't mind golden handcuffs. Right now I only have a gold wedding ring, and that cost me money.
 
user55340
@stephelton I tweaked your question to make it clear you were after a site recommendation rather than having it getting answered there. MSE is... a different place.
 
user114359
@MichaelT I also don't quite follow what is going on there. I understand how an adder works, but I guess I don't quite understand what all the Mario blocks are for.
 
@MichaelT well, i was also wanting validation that it wasn't a bad question (etc)
 
user55340
@Snowman same here.
 
user55340
3:27 AM
MSE is the meta site of all the sites. And site recommendations are on topic there (they're also on topic on all the per-site metas...)
 
user55340
MSE is full of the especially... lets call them strict users who are active on all the sites.
 
lol i follow
 
user55340
So you get people from Parenting, Gaming, whatever new area 51 site was launched, some people who still hang on from the pre-split days of MSO, etc...
 
user114359
> Jon Skeet is just awesome. We should let him break stuff - there's nothing more epic than having a number of imaginary internet points that overflows the y-axis on a chart.
 
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A: Should we use 1000k, 1.0M or 1,000k in a reputation graph?

UndoI'd be inclined to leave it, for a few reasons: It's using Highcharts, and it's probably hard to adjust the labels anyway (A quick run through the documentation doesn't reveal anything obvious), but the smart developers could probably figure it out if they really wanted to. Jon Skeet is just aw...

 
user55340
3:41 AM
@Snowman Given that Jon is British and they use a long count, "1,000k" is the appropriate answer, even if the actual answer is 1M in the long count.
 
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A: Can the system leave a deletion reason when it deletes a question?

animusonThe deletion notice on a question now includes the scheduled process which caused the Community user to delete the question: One of: RemoveMigrationStubs RemoveDeadQuestions RemoveAbandonedQuestions RemoveAbandonedClosed You can see what each of these terms means in this answer which outli...

 
user55340
@Snowman given example 3, its append only insertion order that is the bit of interest. So yep.
 
user55340
> public void add(Rank rank){
list.add(rank);
map.put(rank.getName().toLowerCase(), rank);
}
 
user114359
@MichaelT that is what I thought, but the requirements were not clear. I try not to infer requirements from the code unless specifically stated in the question.
 
user114359
My edit shows an alternative, but the list view of the map works the same way.
 
user114359
4:05 AM
I think my answer to the list/map question is pretty useful now, but it is after midnight and I am open to improvements:
 
user114359
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A: What to do when properties of a HashMap and ArrrayList are neccessary?

SnowmanIf you order elements by insertion order, you can use Java's LinkedHashMap You will not be able to view it as a list, but you can easily siphon data into a temporary list and return that list. From there you can sort it if necessary. You can also use a SortedMap (TreeMap is its standard impleme...

 
10:49 AM
this might be a question for programmers, and quite likely already answered there: programmers.stackexchange.comhoijui 36 secs ago
 
 
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12:38 PM
@MichaelT Did I ever tell you how I fixed that?
 
 
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user55340
1:46 PM
As thorough, well written, and well researched an answer as this is, I hope it's wrong just so that the world can have more than one story about cheese powered FTL travel. — Jason Patterson 13 hours ago
 
user55340
@durron597 yes, you did.
 

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