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2:06 AM
Posted by Kevin Montrose on December 26th, 2011

More than a year and a half ago we unveiled the first version of the Stack Exchange API to the wider world.  Since then we’ve had a minor point release, improved app and script listing, and shared some statistics about the consumers of our API.

I’ve been pretty pleased with version 1.1, stackexchange.com and our chat software make extensive use of it, there are a good number of useful applications listed, and a couple of parties are pulling interesting statistics out using it.  It’s been a success, but the shine’s definitely come off; there are some use cases we didn’t support, some missing features, and just some plain-old mistakes. …

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11:38 AM
Wow... Too many bad questions in so little time... Bad day
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1:10 PM
and it's just getting worse...
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3:32 PM
@Yannis: I was just gonna say the same thing. Never before have I flagged so many posts in such a short period of time. On the plus side: it does bring me closer to the Marshal badge
3:59 PM
Posted by Lauren Gundrum on December 27th, 2011

CHAOS is a fast-paced, high-energy team that concentrates on finding new ways to promote Stack Exchange sites. So when the Stack Exchange moderators asked for some help with their grass-roots promotions, we decided to publish a series of posts outlining our most successful efforts. These posts should be helpful to any users who want to promote their own Stack Exchange community.

To kick off this “promotion seminar” series, here is a summary of previous projects, lessons learned, and links to more information. …

@PersonalNexus They keep on coming... 10 latest questions are just plain bad, I never remember seeing so many of those in such short time... Flag fodder, to be sure... Good luck on the elusive marshal badge, I got stuck at flag weight 684, after reaching 3k rep, flags are kind of pointless (unless there's spam, and fortunately there isn't so much of that)...
Q: Data Explorer queries that help identify flagging candidates

Yannis RizosThis is a small list of Stack Exchange Data Explorer queries I've compiled for my run towards the elusive Marshal badge: Duplicates Find suggested duplicates that haven't led to question closure Find suggested duplicates that haven't led to question closure in a tag Controversial posts Mo...

4:21 PM
Q: Are we scaring off new users?

MoronsThe last 10 questions asked have all been down-voted. I think maybe we are being a bit too aggressive is down-voting questions, particularly for new users. What can we do to improve the situation? (Personally I never down-vote a question. If its off topic I Vote to close. To me Down-voting a que...

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5:57 PM
@YannisRizos Thanks for sharing the Data Explorer queries. Good work. I'm not sure, though, how much value I would add going over old questions. I think I am doing more good "policing" the home page and flagging questions as they come in. Thankfully(?) I am still far way from the 3k rep limit, so I cherish the illusion that I actually have a shot at the Marshal badge (which I just noticed nobody has earned yet).
6:08 PM
@PersonalNexus Well, I've cleaned up most old questions, that's how I got to 684 :) Of course newer questions are more important, but there are some really bad answers on old questions that never got cleaned up. And the early days of the site where a little chaotic, many questions from that era still survive... Read some of the older meta questions and you'll see what I mean... But newer questions are more important, certainly.
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8:32 PM
Does anyone have a good idea for a programming thesis?
I'll try to narrow it down: I can use java, VB.NET and a bit of C. I'm especially interested in Networking (sockets, file transfer and possibly multilayer games).
I've also been looking at hardware programming using chips such as arduino, and I was thinking about making a solar panel which flattens down on the ground when there's a lot of wind to minimize damage. There would be much more technical and mechanical work than programming though. All of the useful ideas, such as Solar Tracking, have been taken already :)

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