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12:36 AM
why didn't santa choose moose to pull the cart?
They're mean and scary and will kill you.
moose is mean?
in what ways?
12:42 AM
Raindeer are pretty big
Despite the incidence rates, moose do not tend toward natural aggression.
That seems contradictory.
> You can also tell if a moose will become aggressive by its body language. Here are 7 signs to look for:

1. The moose stops eating and stares at you.

2. Lays back its ears and raises the hair on its hump, neck, or hips.

3. Smacks or licks its lips, and clicks its teeth.

4. Lowers its head and walks toward you.

5. Urinates.

6. Shows the whites of its eyes.

7. Whips its head back like a horse.
1:01 AM
Which animals kill the most people in the wild?
@Feeds Did you know that the winter solstice might not happen this year because of libation of the prime meridian? Apparently, scientists are really worried.
1:46 AM
mor ning
One thing that still irks me about the tob par is when I navigate an SE site and quickly click the SE icon on the right, then get directed to SE homepage because the popup hooker is not yet loaded -_-
... That rooster(?) is wearing pants?
black chicken
Why is it wearing pants if it's a chicken?
ummm, animal equality?
2:08 AM
Just keeping it G-rated
doesn't change the fact that the whites were naked...
@AndrewT. Thats racist ;p
Hey, I noticed someone suggested the Chicken might have to do with Konami... I just wanted to point out that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES was a Konami game
Has anyone tried the code anywhere
not sure if this is old news but
2:23 AM
13 hours ago, by Catija
@Chicken ⬆️⬆️⬇️⬇️⬅️➡️⬅️➡️🅱️🅰️
well, that's where we get the turtles instead of the Chicken
I mean like say on the Winter Bash homepage
Definitely something JS could do
Nov 30 at 22:38, by balpha
Anyway, I don't always put in easter eggs, but when I do, they're often too well hidden
I think I've tried the code many times on Winter Bash homepage and didn't notice any differences. I also wait for the shadow chicken sighting, but.. nope.
balpha is apparently trying not to let his efforts go to waste this time.
This seems too obvious but it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the TMNT picture
maybe it's somewhere else
I'll try a couple places
2:28 AM
@quartata pointed out, and tried ;p
The Konami Code does do something in TMNT I believe but it seems like an odd game to pick
because Contra would be too obvious...
yeah but the clues seem too obscure for something that people would have tried probably without them
> The comic character Chief Thunderchicken exclaimed "Kawa Chicken!"
plausible connection to the chicken
although I can't help but wonder if the chicken part is just to be silly
2:42 AM
Well, the chicken has been the one constant
If the ko thing is a red herring maybe we should just wait, we havent been given much else to work with :/
I'd be... disappointed if it's a red herring, since Igo got international highlight due to AlphaGo this year...
@SmokeDetector naa-
3:16 AM
constantly silly chicken
4:11 AM
Where is the secret hat discovery post?
Q: Winter Bash 2017 Hats

DavidWell here's the traditional Winter Bash hats post. Same as last year there are two (and only two) answers: one for the secret hats, and one for the regular hats. Remember there are no hats for guessing secret hat triggers, nor one for pinging SE employees. Only edit the secret hat answer wi...

Thank you
4:37 AM
@SmokeDetector k
Dude. I do have privilege on Charcoal HQ.
@iDebug You have to ask for it on each of the three servers.
It's separated per account & per room
You only get it on Chat.SE by default.
Per room. And here we usually don't send feedback because there is already some, from chq etc
Oh, heh... :/
4:39 AM
Like on the post above - metasmoke.erwaysoftware.com/post/98297
@gparyani Out of curiosity, do you remember the reputation of your previous MSE account before it was deleted?
must say I find samsung galaxy S8 purely annoying - ads block does not work & health app kept on talking after I turned its notification off in 3 different places
I've seen at least 10 news reporting NK blamed for WC.
@Telkitty Why not get a Pixel 2?
4:47 AM
Maybe I am biased, but I find android phones have a deep rooted cheapness resides in them ... I mean, I loved my $45 android LG phone. But I am reluctant to fork out more than $350 on any android devices.
@iDebug This query shows 44 posts with total score 301 so it's somewhere about 3000 (presumably some were questions, but there are also acceptances, and +1/-1 gives rep without increasing score)
(user215114 on that list)
wondering when Jon Skeet decided to delete his account and started a new one...
@AndrewT. Then you'll see his old account showing up as Jeff Atwood ♦.
Between windows PC and mac, I will choose windows, because it costs half and almost as good. Mac is better, but it doesn't worth twice the price for me.
4:51 AM
or seeing Jon Skeet with 1 rep and suspended banner :O
@Telkitty I've always been an enthusiast of Windows.
@AndrewT. Run now when you still have chance. All your rep will soon be eaten by Jon Skeet.
But given the same amount of money, I will choose iphone over high end android anytime
I prefer Android for its openness.
Android is just about half a Linux.
Enthusiast Phone
You can do most of the things you can on a Linux. Including nmap and the Metasploit Framework.
4:53 AM
wait, wrong brand..
Essential Phone
@AndrewT. Andy Rubin's Essential.
it's not as sleek, firefox focus does not work properly on S8, adhell removed due to demand by samsung, phone keeps on talking, accidental clicking on the edge ...
4:54 AM
I have just spent $1200 on a cheap end phone
I feel retarded
Samsung always hones the best technologies in hardware, but for software...
@Telkitty Put telephony hardware into a laptop instead.
the only upside is, S8 health tracking is slightly more accurate than iphone's
@Telkitty You'd better add the correct currency symbol. $1,200 would make people think it's 1.2k USD.
4:56 AM
@iDebug linux PC costs no where near a mac given the similar hardware
galaxy 8 is a rip off
I dislike Linux PC.
S8 is a cheap phone that talks too much and gives you endless ads
I always buy a Windows PC and manually install Linux onto it.
@Telkitty There's a lot of Chinese phones pricing at $50~$100, giving you even more ads.
Ah yes, by $ I mean USD.
my $45 LG is fine
4:59 AM
never get a samsung again
LG's from South Korea.
When Physics is combined with Calculus, it's the end for CS students.
calculus the fundamental of many aspects of physics
I'm a freshman at a university.
acceleration for example
5:01 AM
Not so friendly. My school has a nickname for fun
University of Physics Technology of China
It is said that the most difficult Physics courses & exams among Chinese universities are here.
Calculus alone is definitely not a problem.
what kind of physics are we talking about?
is it quantum mechanics level?
but theory of relativity.
Leave Physics alone.
theory of relativity has a lot to do with calculus
yup. I know.
5:08 AM
Theory of Relativity of Line of Code
SOOP: Stack Overflow Oriented Programming
relativity of coding - the faster you write wrong code, the longer it will take you to complete the program
SUBCM: Super User-Based Computer Maintenance
Do android users get routinely treated so badly that they don't think it's their right to be entitled ads free apps?
Schrodinger's Code: You don't know whether a piece of code is buggy before you run it.
Lucky Patcher does all the job.
All ad-related Activites can be easily disabled with LP.
5:11 AM
Schrodinger's Code: you don't know it's a bug or a feature ... or maybe it can be both
Schrodinger's Meta: You don't know whether it'll be or .
6:09 AM
Schrodinger's Schrodinger: You don't know whether you know something or not
Heh... I got IDENT... hat on an unexpected site: Bitcoin.SE :S
I got mine in community building ;p
Apparently because of this
I should have used custom flag, but too late ;p
The joke is I answered a question, passed the 200 rep threshold and got yearling
6:17 AM
@JourneymanGeek lol
Tips: always create an account near the end of the year
@AndrewT. oh, I was inactive
its community building
its an oddly quiet community ;p
but inactive or not, after reaching 200 rep, you'll be certain to get silver badge on every winter bash, right?
...unless there's no Winter Bash next year o_o
Eh, not that likely
Unless SE gets bought over by, I donno oracle ;p
6:46 AM
three identicalish answers (but not quite) for the same MSE question. At essentially the same time 0_0
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8:07 AM
@iDebug Somewhere around 1,200ish?
I mostly posted questions
8:48 AM
So, any Konami code news?
nothing new after the turtles I think
bah. The only page I know of that responds to the Konami code is meta.stackexchange.com/tour
and that was even before Winter Bash started.
was THAT always there?
seems pretty close to the Winter Bash snowflake
oh, thanks.
status: expecting-too-much
9:11 AM
Also, no reversed version of the Konami code seems to work on either the bash site or the hat-wearing GUI
@Chicken ⬇️⬇️⬆️⬆️➡️⬅️➡️⬅️🅰️🅱️
and just to test everything...
@Chicken ⬆️⬆️⬇️⬇️⬅️➡️⬅️➡️🅰️🅱️
or even better...
Hmm, I didn't receive notifications before for @Chicken unless they were a reply to my messages
oh, right, you will get the pings instead.
didn't remember you tried switching your name to chicken
yeah but I didn't receive the pings up till now
@Chicken ⬇️⬇️⬆️⬆️➡️⬅️➡️⬅️🅰️🅱️
did you get this one?
9:21 AM
probably you got the notifications because I just pinged "@Chicken" and wasn't replying to one of its messages
9:50 AM
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11:37 AM
Come forth!
@JourneymanGeek downvoted (programmer's joke)
Q: Do you feel Stack Overflow needs a general discussion forum?

instanceofTomI love Stack Overflow, but I have to admit I get frustrated when I see how quickly and often subjective, opinion, not-programming-related-(enough), etc. questions get closed. I understand the motivation behind this. We don't want those type of posts (including this one) to clutter up the Unanswer...

Tempted to close as "can no longer be reproduced"
12:24 PM
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1:39 PM
I guess Konami code is the wrong direction...
then why the Ninja Turtles (whose games were indeed made by Konami?)
Ko was the position from GO
Na the country
but we miss Mi
instead, there was the purple 57.1% thing and a chicken
Despicable Mi?
Indian dance? Bollywood ?
1:44 PM
the konami thing was correct
because we got the next clue with that
maybe the hat is not just "chicken"
it is Chicken-Masala?
> 57.1% (four sevenths) of "Namibia" is "Nami", so Ko-Nami?
Well, a wrong Konami Code might kill the player, so I'd assume Pollito's expression is "does not approve"
perhaps there's a link with stackoverflow.com/questions/1003841/…
@Chicken probably right
1:50 PM
so the TMNT are the next clue
i diiiiiiiiid itttttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
oh no you don't.
yes I do.
Give me a second to gather proof and I will post that
A: 🐔 The Quest for the Winter Chicken of the Bash, Part 2

SPArchaeologistAnd here it is, in all its glory. finally, years after my original request the Konami code works. But since I try every year... They had to mix it a little. The code is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, Return notice the reversed B and A button. Probably a reference to a...

I did check all JS before on the site but couldn't find anything relevant
devs did a good job at hiding that one
@Chicken can I be totally honest?
I would swear I already tried the reversed AB code
and it did nothing
Somehow... I think they just added it
or fixed it
2:08 PM
@Telkitty seems your chickens were off by two years.
the konami code adds ::before and ::after CSS. Didn't they do a similar thing a while ago for some event? Was it april fools' maybe?
@Derpy want to post an answer to mine so I can select it? ;p
what is "Row of Many Candles" hat??
Bwhahaha want to know the funniest part?
Out of coincidence, I got Sherlock hat because of my self reply on my chicken post
2:17 PM
Really good song...
@AndrewT. do anything today
A: What is.... the Chicken? 🐔

SPArchaeologistSince Journeyman asked, I will cross-reference this here. Remember the Konami code hint and the TMNT picture? Well, it turns out that: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES) – Entering the code at the turtle-select screen with the A and B buttons reversed gives acc...

@ShadowWizard thanks for the gif
Baaaaaaalphaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! grrrrrrrrrrr
you all figure out how the blurry image fits in?
Uhm, yes, this was totally for... trolling... and totally not because I misremembered the Konami code and then had to use the Turtles to direct you towards the A-B-reversed version... definitely not that. — balpha ♦ 1 min ago
Dec 15 at 15:50, by Chicken
user image
@Derpy lol
2:31 PM
@David isn't that the spot where the chicken appears?
That's actually where the chicken is
I could not get it to line up the same
and the buildings are not dark
@David layout is fluid, so probably that the cause
cause I was trying to zoom in in case it was a SMALL chicken.
hmm.. the YouTube video failing to load on WinterBash page seems to be a bug... or by-design?
> Resource interpreted as Stylesheet but transferred with MIME type text/html: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msSc7Mv0QHY".
2:35 PM
@AndrewT. hmm, if you honestly do the konami code (with A<->B), it should never return the video
how do you do it dishonestly? ;p
A->B randomly returns shadow chicken OR youtube video
@JourneymanGeek photoshop
B->A doesn't return anything
@AndrewT. yeah, that's what I mean
2:38 PM
@balpha Now that the mystery is solved, is there maybe a way to change back my username without waiting 4 more weeks? :p
@AndrewT. really I have only gotten the chicken
@Derpy np :)
@Chicken You could do that yourself. Join a new site, change name click make changes for all sites.
Dosen't work
Maybe ask someone on staff VERY nicely.
@JourneymanGeek huh?
did they change that?
2:40 PM
@David the "loophole" was already fixed
when did this happen?
Q: The screen name change rate limit doesn't exist anymore

Optimus PrimeAccording to Jeff, https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/38180/228134 only one display name change is allowed every 30 days there is a 15 minute grace period after each change during which you may change your displayname at will I recently got a mod message about my name changes and they...

@David yes it was fixed a while ago, after someone abused it
@OptimusPrime change name like every 5 minutes. It got pretty... irritating.
@ShadowWizard you can still do that on main chat by changing your parent site
@Chicken done
2:41 PM
@balpha thanks! <3
cough dev magic cough
@balpha nice chicken side game! was fun. but it this the end of the line?
Well or mod magic
@AndrewT. nah any mod can do it
2:42 PM
@ShadowWizard not on meta
@JourneymanGeek ohhh
o ya i forgot
@David true
@Chicken leaving won't help, chat profile is cached for one hour
BUT, if you had a good reason (or its something small), you wouldn't even need to bribe me
@ShadowWizard nothing goes unnoticed by you :p
2:43 PM
So it can take anywhere between 1 second to 1 hour for changes to appear
@Chicken I see that you wear your shirt the other way around! :D
@Stijn I've force-refreshed your chat profile
great, thanks :)
(might be a bit until everyone in this room sees the change)
@ShadowWizard no I'm pretty sure I'm wearing it correctly :p
@Stijn is fowl no more!
2:48 PM
now... what should we do?
go earn some hats
I seem to remember that balpha promised to send a replica of Lady Stackicorn to the first one solving the chicken quest, right?
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Link at end of answer, pattern-matching website in answer, potentially bad keyword in answer, blacklisted user: What is "smartphone" in Esperanto? by shafiq rehman on esperanto.SE
3:00 PM
Duck... tales!
@balpha So that is it! balpha is the one that duck-napped Infinite to turn her into his personal pet duck! GET HIM, EVERYPONY!!!
you're the onlypony.
@Stijn check again
@balpha Do you mean the Chicken's gone and is replaced by a duck?
@Derpy @balpha only got dancing unicorn eating waffles
@balpha you need a prize for the 1,000,000th message ... something like a dancing unicorn eating waffles would work
3:07 PM
@JourneymanGeek there is at least Smokey. And them some honorary ponies that dont-yet-know-they-will-have-to-watch-every-single-episode-because-of-this
@Derpy well, I have another one of these:
I finally have a poster of ClippyCorn (http://meta.stackexchange.com/a/127733/115866) in my office. Been meaning to get one since 2012.
if you want to give me your mailing address (ben at SO) and you live in a place where it's not an adventure to mail things to, it may find its way to you...
I missed Unicoin... :'(
.... and for some reason, balpha still looks similar to "Furious Destroyer" Pat to me.
I thought he resembles Wreck-It Ralph a bit
3:21 PM
@JourneymanGeek A Minecraft youtuber
the one on the right.
I'd have not known if you hadn't told me.
and yes, I know they aren't that similar at all, but for some reason it still reminds me of him
which is also why my persona head-cannon is that balpha secretly is Furious Destroyer and Jen is actually GraceNote.
should probably go to sleep now ;p
3:29 PM
@JourneymanGeek won't make any difference I fear.
Also, my headcanon of gracenote is... not knowing ;p
@JourneymanGeek GraceNote is a Cactuar.
or a stuffed penguin
3:45 PM
@balpha You know. On one hand I do like the poster. On the other, I really don't want to make you guys work just for that. And also, by now I am pretty sure others also tried the code but probably got the "broken?" video so it is not even sure I was the first.
nah, Andrew seems to be the only one for whom that happens
but yes, you weren't the first one to successfully trigger it
just the first one who told people about it, apparently :)
4:09 PM
Awww, I missed the chicken.
@balpha That would actually make excellent neon art, I think?
@Catija that would make excellent hat hangers!
@SmokeDetector I want cross site offensive post flagging. Why do I have to create account ;_;
Whoooo!!!! My hat's in third place!
4:31 PM
@balpha does it mean that I'm... special? :O
Suddenly seeing black stars again on the star wall seems... surreal...
@balpha wait... how you know? It's triggered server side and logged?
You must be laughing seeing the zillion efforts until @SPA revealed the secret.... :D
@Derpy oh, so you noticed! ;)
Unless @balpha works some dev magic, I'll have to wait 24 hours though....
in Sugarcube Corner, Dec 14 '15 at 11:26, by Derpy
I am trying Konami code around, but as expected, no effect anywhere.
@ShadowWizard ^ now, if anyone didn't remember the wrong code....
@ShadowWizard not exactly, but entering the code successfully will trigger a request (to get the CSS that makes the chicken appear), and that'll be in the regular server access log
@balpha oh. Nice! And how come @Stijn couldn't find the JS code that cause this request? It must be client side...
So, was the first time the code correctly entered just today?
4:39 PM
@ShadowWizard it's there, I just made it hard to find :)
Note to self: @balpha is REALLY good at keeping secrets.
If you'll ever need, sure any secret agency will hire you easily, @balpha. :D
@ShadowWizard not if they need to be sure that random letters don't get switched in the secret ^_^'
WAIT. Who handles the well of blame?
please, I beg you. Add "ablpha" as an option.
(with a link to his comment. The one he wouldn't dare to delete just to remove evidence)
Getting late. By for now.
Yup, same, night :)
@AndrewT. I guess you'll wanted to get a bit back to normal ...
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6:01 PM
@sipo I have retracted my comment, thank you for informing me in relation to this post
Q: Does the same answer make two different questions duplicate?

SipoI recently posted a question on StackOverflow. However, it was flagged as duplicate. The reason mentioned in the comments was that another, different question, has the same answer. Is that right? Does the same answer make two different questions duplicate?

@JakeSymons it doesn't look like they are pingable here so that message won't reach them.
6:26 PM
@rene Okay, I will find somewhere where they are and send it to them. Thanks for telling me, I wouldn't have known otherwise :)
6:48 PM
If anyone is interested in earning a real prize for earning hats during this years Winter Bash, Bricks SE is giving away a LEGO set (worth $100) in a prize draw for anyone who earns 3 or more hats!
Q: Winter Bash 2017 (now with a prize!)

jncratonIt's that time of year again! We're once again participating in Winter Bash! While this is a "just for fun" activity, I've reached out to TLG about it, and it sounds like they are willing to provide a prize for this. The winner will be selected randomly from everyone who earns at least 3 hats. Y...

Let's see if I can search for something and then fill your flag queue
7:15 PM
@Ambo100 Wow, that's awesome!
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8:15 PM
Sounds fun until they have to ship it and deal with customs (unless TLG takes care of that). </grinch>
8:53 PM
Hi guys, quick question: Whats the benefit of having a 500 bounty than a 50 rep one
@JakeSymons Not much. But the minimum bounty amount increases each time you offer one on a question: meta.stackexchange.com/help/bounty
@JonEricson so a 500 rep doesn't last longer or anything??
Conceivably, greater attention (although I'd guess that the marginal gain compared to 50 rep bounty is small). Also, some bounties are set as additional reward for an existing answer, with no expected benefit for the bounty setter; the goal is to give rep to the answerer, and 500 rep bounty does that 10 times better.
But you're likely to get more ... attempts? at an answer with a 500 rep bounty... also, in the case of things like the Chicken bounty, that's just a gift of reputation.
@JakeSymons Always 7 days.
Q: How does the bounty system work?

A. Rex What is a bounty? What is the "Featured" tab on the homepage? How can I search for questions that have a bounty attached? How do I start a bounty? When can I start a bounty? What is the minimum amount of rep I can offer a bounty for? Can I use Markdown formatting in the bounty remarks? Can I edi...

@JakeSymons Nope. There might be a small advantage to offering a more attractive prize, but I guess it's small. Also:
A: Is the bounty system effective?

Jon EricsonThe bounty system does bring more views to bountied questions. On average, Stack Overflow questions get 1455 views. Bountied questions average 2631. It stands to reason that the more people who see a question, the better the odds it will get a quality answer. To test that, I divided all answers ...

8:59 PM
It stands out more if its 500 rep
I give 50 rep bounties on Math, but it's not on my own questions. If I had a question that I really wanted to be answered, I'd probably set a greater amount.
But theres no real difference in what is actually does, 50 rep will still last the same time
FR: accept pins the answer to the top only if the asker has at least... 500 rep, or some such amount.
Inferior answer pinned by clueless OPs are annoying.
9:08 PM
Even 100 would probably be sufficient, really. Then people with the association bonus (who hopefully know better) would be exempt... though... eh. I think people get picky about accepted answers.
@CrazyIvan I would support that.
@Catija Association bonus does not imply any knowledge of the subject of the site.
I could go and ask a dumb question about... say, Islam, and pin someone's dumb answer.
10:31 PM
@SmokeDetector Kill it with fire!
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