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3:03 PM
Lori Colston on December 04, 2019

One of the great secondary benefits of an open knowledge base like Stack Overflow for Teams is that anyone can contribute. When exceptional answers get voted to the top, your organization gets to identify subject matter experts. Today we’re excited to announce our new subject matter expert feature that allows domain experts to be easily recognized and acknowledged within your organization.

The new feature, available on the Business tier of Stack Overflow for Teams and coming to the Enterprise tier in 2020, allows your Team to associate a subject matter expert (SME) with a tag. Multiple Team members can be designated as SMEs for any given tag by your Team Admin.  …

 
Rob
@ShadowThePrincessWizard Most are not as friendly as the wombat.
 
> The wombat lives across the seas,
Among the far Antipodes.
He may exist on nuts and berries,
Or then again, on missionaries;
His distant habitat precludes
Conclusive knowledge of his moods,
But I would not engage the wombat
In any form of mortal combat.
 
@Feeds So... like... manual tag badges?
 
......
 
@Mithical Something like that, but I can see it make sense for Teams... you don't want to hire a new employee that is a SME then tell them that they have to work for their tag badge on Teams :P
 
3:10 PM
@Mithical this was exactly what I was thinking
 
Rob
@Feeds A Gold Tag Badge for knowing that.
 
sounds like a useful feature. If you have a wide dev team, it makes sense to tag who is an expert in what
"this is a complicated UI question, I should look up who here is really good with UI and ping them maybe"
 
@Magisch And since it's still frowned upon to tag people IRL like you would cattle, doing it on Teams makes sense :P
 
we have something equal to this at my company internally, we call it a competence system. Miscellaneous skills and certs are listed with who has them
I'm listed as advanced level english speaker and possible translator, for instance.
 
I'm listed as the girl that crochets new parrots for new team members, the one you can have coffee with if things at home are troublesome, and the person to go to for questions about git, I guess...
Your listing sounds much better :)
 
3:14 PM
Now I want to be on your team. For the Git questions ...
 
it's a long list for everyone, pretty much listing whatever you can do outside of your core job role
 
@rene I mean... the most complicated I've handled so far was 'yeah, you screwed up. Copy your files, create a clean branch from dev, paste files'.
 
That is the answer I needed ....
 
There probably was a way to fix it... but finding it myself, then teaching it to someone else, then actually hoping it went right... yeah, this was faster if there's just three changed files :D
 
@Feeds Work like glue is. Too well do it and on you it sticks.
also know as
> no better excuse to ditch you work on a coworker than claiming they already did something similar in the past
 
JAD
3:22 PM
@Tinkeringbell Last week I had someone who couldn't figure out how to leave a branch, so instead just committed their work from 3 other projects into that single branch
 
@Hitodama Does that work? Usually, over here if you ask people 'because they have done something similar in the past', you get a fuzzy explanation of how to do it :P
@JAD Okay... yeah, they're not that bad, those coworkers of mine...
 
JAD
luckily the commits were project specific, and didn't contain overlapping changes between projects, so I ended up cherry picking them into separate branches
 
@Tinkeringbell oh, it kinda depends on your boss-praising skill
 
@Hitodama Ahh, so it's more of 'He did something similar recently, we can keep more productivity if I do X as I'm good at that, and he does Y'?
 
@Feeds eh, doesn't that like...go against the idea of crowd knowledge?
any question that's so specific you need to ask a single person is.... ouch
ew
 
3:35 PM
@djsmiley2k-CoW eh
 
@Tinkeringbell almost. If you are good enough, you can even avoid mentioning doing X instead
 
We do kinda informally have SMEs on main sites too
 
Ben for PS, yah I know
 
3:36 PM
And teams are actually (also) designed around that
 
@djsmiley2k-CoW A team is a bit different from a site about IPS and one about code ;)
 
you can, for example, ping a specific user on a question
 
urgggh headache :(
 
4:38 PM
heya, what's up
 
Not much...
So I'm thinking crochet and perhaps Netflix :)
 
cool. i'm mumbling against DHL
 
Ah... they're notoriously bad over here...
 
Online Codenames, maybe IRL Catan later, and lots of paperwork... Then music and a novel later. Maybe working some more on a riddle.
 
unexplainable they are so bad in their homeland since they're among the best back in spain.
catan ftw
@Feeds wasn't this asked a long time ago for SDK/tech owners on the public SO QA? i remember the discussion some insert time unit ago
 
4:43 PM
@CptEric They only deliver certain days here, it seems. So if your package is sent using DHL, it'll always be late compared to the expected shipment times expressed on a website.
Also... I never had the joy of being the first to open my SE swag packages due to them... every single one was opened and repackaged by them.
 
i miss getting SE swag
ran out of pens and stickers long time ago
 
@Tinkeringbell In a bigger box, so the airplane was full.
 
@CptEric I do still have the stickers I got sent... but that's mostly because I don't really have any surfaces to stick them on :) The notebooks are already scribbled full though, and the pen long gone (I hate to admit but I think I lost it...)
@rene Maybe... there was always a load of packaging paper in those packages too :P
 
to prevent damage .....
 
i agressively sticked stackoverflow over random stuff
like i always do with stickers.
if you ever see an instagram ad of "50 star wars stickers for 3.99€" or "100 nasa stickers for 4.99€" and try to guess who's the madman buying those.
that's me.
 
4:48 PM
I had one of those sticker boxes as a girl... lemme see...
But way more, mine had like 3000 of those little things :P
 
Oooh...
 
i get packs of those by 100's.
atleast one a year
 
XD Where do you leave them!?
I went to one developer conference and got more stickers than I have use/room for! :/
 
you know those punk places where there's stickers everywhere? avengers / star wars / geeky ones fit perfectly.
 
4:52 PM
@CptEric Ehh, sorry... I don't :( But they do sound cool :)
 
also laptop covers. you can get a laptop cover and that way have multiple stickered cases
 
Hmm.
That's an idea.
Maybe next year ;)
 
@CptEric that seems really expensive
but i guess we just get generic ones
 
if you think on printing costs the 100 for 4.99€ is damn cheap.
just had a crazy idea. mood-based laptop cover.
takes notes
 
Hmm. But what if my mood changes midway through the day?
 
5:05 PM
mood 🚽
 
Oh... well there's plenty of poop emoji stickers out there, I think.
 
 
1 hour later…
6:07 PM
 
Same..
 
@Tinkeringbell I have very few ideas about precisely what that question is asking.
 
@Rubiksmoose Apparently, only some atoms are awesome and worth keeping?
 
who needs carbon anyway
 
It's also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/337569/… all over again... ban != no longer a moderator and that last sentence made a claim that had no evidence at all...
@ArtOfCode I do worry more about oxygen...
 
6:13 PM
@ArtOfCode All the known forms of life, no?
 
nah
unnecessary
get rid of it
 
not welcoming ...
 
@ArtOfCode Forms of life?
 
@πάνταῥεῖ indeed
"What's life ever done for me
 
6:33 PM
@Mithical WTH is a chemical pun doing there
And I assure you, Sturgeon's law applies to elements as well.
No, Ta, they're referring to down and upvotes.
@ArtOfCode ALL HAIL SILICON
Hasta la XP
 
@πάνταῥεῖ nope, unnecessary
 
6:50 PM
 
Rob
7:02 PM
Inverted weighting.
 
I wonder why 'can get me coffee' isn't on that list.
 
7:50 PM
'Toxic' answer?
 
@djsmiley2k-CoW Didn't you see? It was glowing green :P
 
Rob
8:15 PM
@Tinkeringbell Carefully read the Terms of Employment: No, everything. Bring your own equipment, and we borrow the neighbour's Wi-Fi.
 
Looks great :P
Seems like he's the only one on that floor, much better than the open office plans I'm used to :P
 
Rob
At least he got the corner office.
 
Pretty view too
Not my thing though, I have a fear of heights. I'd stay firmly in the center of that office, instead of near the window.
 
Rob
I just got word that there's another opening available, away from the window.
 
Looks like that one finally may have a women friendly office thermostat setting.
 
Rob
8:24 PM
Yes, it's not key locked.
 
8:44 PM
@Rob and a window.
i remember not having windows
 
You remember MS-DOS?
 
I'm not sure where to ask this, but is anyone else getting weird css when they use a smaller window on the exchange? The text in posts and comments is overlaying the announcements and related posts on the right
 
Rob
I was just going to say!
 
It seems pretty wide-spread too, I've seen it in a couple different communities
 
Rob
@GammaGames If you are fast you can post a report on meta.stackexchange.com
 
8:59 PM
Oh I didn't think of that, done though!
The post looks even better when the image is also overlapping
I posted my specs @rob, thank you for reminding
 
Rob
Should bump you past 200, which adds to your Flair Badge. You're welcome.
 
@GammaGames yeah, there are several reports things are broken.
 
I'm just baffled by this comment thread: meta.stackexchange.com/a/339639/159427
 
@IamMonica yeah, I didn't bother anymore after I saw the edit.
 
9:14 PM
@Rob hah
 
Well for one thing, that's arguably NAA and should likely be flagged as such.
 
@Rubiksmoose mhmm
it's also like eight years old and the question has been closed for seven years... so, how the hell is any of this worth anyone's time?
 
because comments ....
Humans are now trained to start typing when they see a textbox on a website.
 
I think I've asked two questions on SO in like 10 years.... but hundreds of comments.
I've even started deleting my comments from meta.SE, meta.SO, and SO in batches
 
9:51 PM
gasp the post layout+sidebar overlay looks fixed now
 
 
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Rob
11:56 PM
@GammaGames Good one, got the Mortarboard badge. 💥 YW
 
@Rob each and their own... And that's yummy! 😋
 
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