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12:30 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword with a link in answer (78): Spherical Area Lights do not match reference by srsly on gamedev.SE
1:09 AM
Alternate view: stacked by total # of answers
1:22 AM
@Shog9 If I'm reading this correctly, it appears that we have a pretty uniform trend of decline in the number of answers once the peak number of users has been reached (which would be the last day of any given year).
well, it does tend to decline, yes
What's more interesting to me is how much of a year's answers end up being contributed by newly-joined users, and how long they stick around answering
As the total number of answers posted has fallen over time, so has the portion of the total being posted by new users
The first graph seems to say that a user's peak of answering occurs one year after joining and declines thereafter. The second graph seems to indicate that most users, during and whom joined 2 years prior, answered more questions during 2014; obviously that excludes users whom joined after, and users whom joined over two years prior did not participate more (in answering) increasing (lack of answering) with the age of the account. --- Conclusion: Reinvigorate the pensioners and we need another
2014 year (prizes or advertising?).
We have a lot of highly experienced people on Stats.SE whom might want a shot at offering their interpretation too.
1:40 AM
@Alex and december tends to be quiet in general
"Dear statisticians: how can I make this chart look more like a caterpillar?"
Most people seem to be on SE at work. Same reason weekends are quet
@JourneymanGeek I would think it should be the opposite.
@Alex What kinda crazy person would be sitting around on a Q&A site on vaca... oh wait. I'm on vacation...
@JourneymanGeek I don't know, but I can't understand why a boss would be happy with employees on Stack Exchange (unless it's one that relates to the work at hand).
1:43 AM
@Alex a lot of it is probably work related
or downtime
Probably, for the "technical" sites. Many of the sites are surely not work related.
but that december is quiet and weekends are quiet is pretty well known
(which is why making important announcements on friday.,... ;p)
I can't think of many jobs where those would be relevant.
1:46 AM
@Alex Well, at my last job, I'd pop into SE over lunch...
Nothing wrong with that.
which is one way people would use a non tech site over a workday
Especially if you're going to Seasoned Advice to find out how to heat up your lunch.
I'd actually turn off my phone and hide for an hour cause that job was emotionally and physically exhausting.
And Stack Exchange isn't?
1:49 AM
Well, if its physically exhausting, .... I'd love to know how, I'd not mind losing a few pounds...
@Shog9 is there a way to force the order of the stacking?
2013 on seem to get placed oddly
As for emotional exhaustion - its just what you take with you.
If you're constantly trying to find reasons to get mad cause you disagree with broad aspects of network culture, it gets tiring.
If you treat it like an engineering problem, it gets easier ;)
@JourneymanGeek My hand got a good workout today highlighting large sections of text for Stack Exchange use.
@Catija sure
you want 2011 on top?
(they're ordered by the total # of answers posted by users who joined during that year)
1:59 AM
As long as the years are stacked in order, whether the oldest is on top or bottom doesn't necessarily matter. :)
@Shog9 Any new developments with Imgur? It appears that a bug on Imgur's end is allowing users to upload animated avatars. Also, don't forget the long-standing bug with the resizer.
I know
They're... not doing much
@Shog9 :/
I'm tempted to half jokingly suggest going just rolling out your own image host but.... I half suspect that would end up being a pain and half.
@Shog9 So has SE contacted Imgur about either bug? There's no staff comment on either bug report so it seems like it's been ignored.
(or a week of massive amounts of coffee, and ballmer peaks)
2:04 AM
I mean... we'll probably end up going that way eventually
@JourneymanGeek My school used to block Imgur, so it's useful for such users
but imgur's been pretty good, for the most part. Would be nice to stick with 'em
@Shog9 Does the contract between SE and Imgur allow backing out at any time?
@SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog eh, its easy to suggest stuff - but there's probably a laundry list of things, not all of which are technical.
@SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog I'd suspect there would be a cutover anyway, and SE does have backups of imgur image uploads from what I remember.
(for an image host - for example, you would need a way to do takedowns, and handle... nasty things.)
@Shog9 I posted a link over in Ten Fold (Stats Chat). There has been no activity there for a day, perhaps they worry about how the statistics would be interpreted if they played on the Internet and Stack Exchange during the work week. 😃
2:12 AM
I mean, a image host basically is aboooout... an uploader, automated resizes, and lots of static storage. and a crapload of legal paperwork, abuse management...
Gotta be honest, I don't care that much about animated gifs on profile pages to begin with, but it looks like there's an easy fix here: imgur works as it used to if you pass a power of 2 as the size
(also, outside inconsistancy - what's wrong with animated gifs in profile pages?)
so... if we care... we can just do that
I feel like having your image sizes be a power of 2 is kinda nice anyway. We should design everything around powers of 2.
(also, I could swear someone else was looking into this already, but I can't find mention of it now. So maybe I'm crazy & we haven't even talked to imgur)
In any case. I think I'm gonna eat some sardines & toast
huff... morning...
2:28 AM
dogfish and Donald Trump's Hair?
2:38 AM
Mashed with mayo and piled on thick.
sounds like...
never mind ;p
2:56 AM
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3:59 AM
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4:20 AM
7 months old cc @sha @mag @rene
4:45 AM
@sha can you give me a reliable source of girl names in Hebrew?
5:06 AM
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7:01 AM
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7:30 AM
@Martin got a ping by a moderator, but thanks for notifying me as well.
@YvetteColomb nice! :)
@YvetteColomb sorry, couldn't find any. What @Alex gave is lacking tons of common names (e.g. my wife and daughters names, all three are not in there at all) and on the other hand it contains tons of names that are never used IRL.
At least in Israel.
@ShadowWizard Eh, maybe your wife's and daughters' names aren't common.
@Glorfindel Yes, only later I've noticed that the mod mentioned this in the answer: "I have left a comment on one of the posts.."
@Alex oh, they are. :)
I'll have to take your word for it.
7:41 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword in answer (86): Linux "ls" lists no files ✏️ by Alok kumar on serverfault.com
A: Is it OK to revised an answer by adding answerer's social/professional profile without his/her concern?

GlorfindelI've edited those posts per this policy in the Help Center: How to not be a spammer The community here tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not all) happen to be about your product or website, that’s okay. However, you...

I just realized they left a comment but it didn't link to the meta post. So your ping was actually very useful.
@Alex My employer likes the soft skills that apparently come with being a mod on IPS. Little does he know that that's not requiring any soft skills at all XD
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Link at end of answer, potentially bad keyword in answer (61): Reset license key for MS Mac Office 2011 by tim-bin on apple.SE
@Tinkeringbell I guess Interpersonal Skills is something that could tangentially be useful for work. But I don't think any employer would be happy with an employee answering questions on Movies, for example, unless maybe they're the producers or something.
7:55 AM
@Alex I dunno. My current place is pretty relaxed. As long as you get your work done, they don't care all that much what you do during breaks or compiling
@Tinkeringbell Maybe they need to give you more work then...
You might have untapped potential.
Sssh. Don't tell them! :P
It would be quite funny if they were reading this.
The great thing about untapped potential is that as long as it remains untapped, you won't get tired, have unfinished business at the end of the day or your sleep disturbed by dreams of work ;)
@Alex They don't.
@Tinkeringbell But if I recall correctly you have your sleep disturbed by actual work.
7:59 AM
@Alex Says who? I woke up before my alarm called me this morning ;)
Only some days, when I have to get up really early. But for the rest, things are fine.
@Alex That's Journey
and actual works often isn't half as bad as dream work XD
@Tinkeringbell I was referring to instances of your coworkers contacting you at night.
@Alex Evenings ;) And I fixed that.
Now... brb.
@M.A.R.ಠ_ಠ I think it's perpetually morning where he is.
8:00 AM
@Tinkeringbell how?
@Alex nope. It's 4PM for him.
It's morning here (10 AM) and in Europe now. ;)
@ShadowWizard That could loosely be considered morning.
Yep, for Journey, it probably is
@Alex not from my understanding of the term. Morning is until 12 PM, then it's noon, then at 4 PM or so it becomes afternoon.
Of course some people can start their day at 4 PM though. :D
8:03 AM
My understanding is that it's morning until you get frustrated at work. Then it's afternoon and the day has been going on for too long.
batch of three off topic questions. Pixel, Line Numbers, logger @Bart @rene @Glorfindel (1 vote needed in each)
@ShadowWizard Told him off, and also let the manager know about it.
As with basically anything regarding that coworker ;)
Oh. Glad it worked then. :)
@ShadowWizard :) It has worked for the past few days.
No saying yet if it'll stick
If it doesn't you can always try a " annoying coworker". Such requests seem to be popular around here.
8:18 AM
I never tried that.
I also don't think that's the right way to that kind of stuff over here
I'm pretty sure @Alex wasn't serious.... :)
Alex is (almost) never serious.
Heh... don't be so confusing!
8:24 AM
@M.A.R. is also rarely serious, if that helps. :D
I have a cold, it's cold in this room, I'm on painkillers. I can't have people around me that aren't serious right now! :P
@Tinkeringbell That sounds serious.
Oh... poor parrot.... handing over a blanket to @Tink
@ShadowWizard Another one?
@Alex The first two aren't and according to the doctor the third isn't either.
I can handle a cold, my bedroom is just badly isolated but manageable with a few blankets
@Tinkeringbell In all seriousness, though, feel better.
8:25 AM
Working on it ;)
And that was enough misery for this morning :P
!!/tea Tink
@ShadowWizard brews a cup of lemon tea for @Tink
Let's talk about happier stuff: We're getting snow this afternoon! :D
So you'll go out to the snow while having a cold? Good way to beat the cold! :P
@Derpy love snow... in a way..... :D
in Shadow's Den, Feb 3 '15 at 9:47, by SPArchaeologist
How MLP can change a person: It is snowing outside. I already know my car will be covered in snow when I will finish work. I know I will have to clean the windows barehanded. Yet I cannot get angry at the snow because watching it fall I remember Snowdrop.
@ShadowWizard Snow doesn't give you a cold.
Viruses do
8:33 AM
Snow is cold though...
@ShadowWizard Yes, it is. You can dress for that though :P
No it's not.
Snow is frozen rain :)
Of the pretty kind
Hail is the ugly kind
@Tinkeringbell yes it is. ;-)
@ShadowWizard ^
8:42 AM
@Derpy Snowdrop?
Yep, that is Snowdrop.
Snowdrop is an annoying word. Snow doesn't come in drops. It comes in flakes!
(People use it for certain kinds of beads too... I don't like it. )
@Tinkeringbell it's also a flower
@ShadowWizard Oh, I know those.
I kinda like them :)
@Alex ah thank you. I've been googling and depending on the site the names mean different things. So I wanted a site that had the correct definitions
8:55 AM
@YvetteColomb You're welcome.
@ShadowWizard I'm so used to you disappointing me sha :p :D
@Alex I saw this site. Thanks for letting me know it's kosha
Are you looking for specific names? Or you just want to browse a general list?
I'm looking to name my foal
She has been through so much, that I'm sure she's meant to be, or blessed or something.
8:59 AM
Her mother was destined to be sold as horse meat and she came into my care - pregnant with this foal
this foal should've died three times already and is still here. A patient, gentle, kind little darling
Ah, okay.
is that a male name?
I quite like it
9:03 AM
I also thought of Patience
she got caught in another paddock and we had to create a path for her through the bush. She waited patiently for us to clear it instead of clambouring through and hurting herself. She is a little darling
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles - nearly invincible through the actions of his mother, then granted immortality for his soul when he did die
interesting indeed
her mum kicked her and it was touch and go on whether she'd survive. She had a broken leg in several places
@ShadowWizard gone
9:11 AM
@JNat is that a command to make @ShadowWizard disappear?
@ShadowWizard and gone
@YvetteColomb not quite ;P
@JNat shame :)
@ShadowWizard aaaaand gone
@ShadowWizard and, finally, gone
all a bit overdue, but not forgotten ;)
> Aceso (Ἀκεσώ), goddess of the healing of wounds and the curing of illnesses
@JohnDvorak nice
9:17 AM
> Epione (Ἠπιόνη), goddess of the soothing of pain
oooh keep going you're on the right track
I'm just going down this list: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Health deities in particular seem to be a gold mine
thanks for that
9:19 AM
Epione is my favorite of these
I'm not good at picking names
@JohnDvorak ... if we are going for that, may as well go the extra mile and call her Epona.
@Derpy is that the female version?
Epione is already the female version
yeh I just double checked that
9:23 AM
why Epona?
@YvetteColomb Epona is the name of Link's horse. Since it is pretty similar... :P
who is Link?
the one dressed in green in the picture
9:25 AM
@YvetteColomb the main character in Legend of Zelda
ah k
haven't watched or read
It's a videogame
oh well haven't played
@YvetteColomb it's all part of my evil plot to coerce you into a Malon cosplay.
(and before you ask, Malon is the one on the right in the picture)
9:27 AM
I got that sense you know
my first guess was it was Zelda
evil plotting afoot
... and if I saw the dress in isolation, I would think "Egypt"
@JohnDvorak ... if the picture was a little bigger you would probably say "Super Mario"
the brook holding her scarf is shaped like a tiny Bowser face.
If you mean the decoration on the dress, that's Space Invaders for me
Nice catch on the brooch
no brook in sight. Not even a trickle.
9:30 AM
you can spot it even in the other picture.
9:46 AM
@JNat thanks!
@JNat BLTN! ;)
@YvetteColomb LOL
@YvetteColomb well, Hebrew names aren't that awesome, to be honest. Greek names of gods are way better. ;)
BTW.... @Derpy your past actions still have effect to this day... :D
in Shadow's Den, 40 secs ago, by FOX 9000
@ShadowWizard Twilight Sparkle (?)
@ShadowWizard You realize I am trying to avoid attempting to have her give the foal the name of a candy colored pony, right?
in Shadow's Den, Dec 24 '14 at 14:15, by SPArchaeologist
>>link 42 Twilight_Sparkle
@Derpy why? Go ahead and try... @Yve might agree..... ;)
@Glorfindel The name of your user script reminds me so much of Doom...
@ShadowWizard I don't think @YvetteColomb wants to name the filly Scootaloo.
10:03 AM
Norse Horse Names: Grani, Gullfaxi, Hófvarpnir, are amongst some of the more pronouncable ones, more are here - I can't help you pick as I'm afk a few hours.
It's interesting that you didn't mention Sleipnir
... asked for suggestions in the RPG room.
I'm curious since it came up, in the industries y'all work in, is it normal for employers to ask for previous pay stubs?
@Magisch ? you mean an employee asking to see your pay checks from an older workplace you have been working at?
I am not even sure that would be legal in some places.
10:16 AM
Either that or to prove your salary at the previous place somehow
Here some medium-big companies do this because your starting pay will be capped at something like previous pay * 1.05
@Magisch not for me so far
@Derpy or scooby doo. Ok give me some candy coloured pony names
@Magisch Never heard of it
@Magisch nope, not normal.
in RPG General Chat on The Stack Exchange Network Chat, 8 mins ago, by BESW
@Derpy Suette, pronounced soo-EY-tey. Chamoru word literally meaning "lucky."
10:27 AM
More modern spelling would be Suete.
@Magisch haven't experienced it, though HR did ask me why when I asked for current pay check (for applying credit card) because they thought I was applying... for another job
For bonus points, call her "Suette Bell"
in RPG General Chat on The Stack Exchange Network Chat, 10 mins ago, by trogdor
yeah it sounds in english like sweety, but has an altogether different meaning
@Magisch nope. None of their business whatsoever.
so it's not that normal then
No it's not normal. Some places have really weird ideas about what people will accept, especially if they think you'll have problems finding somewhere else to work. The hidden message is either they are concerned that you are paid too much or too little, the outcome isn't likely to be positive. I've volunteered the information when asked how much I wanted to be paid and they said they couldn't match it. I explained that they could easily match it because the last employer was garbage for
having paid so little, and that he was a much better person.
Either they'd be far more generous or I'd work hard for years to ensure that they got no work. They closed the next year. No point arguing with people whom are broke, deadbeats. What an offensive expectation, show your prior pay stubs - get lost. Of course you would want to have another job lined up.
11:22 AM
@Rob exactly.
@BESW hey! Welcome to the Tavern! :)
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@ShadowWizard Belated hi!
I came to recommend a horse name.
pfft. What are we, chopped flarn?
@Sha - If people cave in to stuff like that employers (or Managers at least) think that they can get away with it. If everyone rejects it then there comes a time, with many burnt bridges, that they must accept not to be abusive or they'll get a bad name; either no one will work there or it will be a percolator that distills the bottom of the barrel - if those employees deal directly with customers the service is bound to stink, creating a fight on another front (for the owner to defend).
11:53 AM
at least one of the businesses here operates on a previous salary + 10% max for new salary regardless of new / previous position. You also have a lifetime raise cap of 25% there (not inlcuding COLA's)
I didn't apply there, one of my friends did an apprenticeship there and it was a horror story
they were trying to hire him on after the apprenticeship at near minimum wage as software developer
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Pattern-matching website in answer (80): Transit a day in Seoul (Indonesian citizen) by pouya on travel.SE
A pair of ? choices, one has problems elsewhere on the sites and one simply has problems elsewhere; both low candidate scores.
Punches CS.SE.
@Magisch My rant was not wasted.
12:27 PM
oh, nice. Now we get wedding dresses shops spam profiles
@BESW yeah, got that part. Plan to stay for the coffee? ;)
!!/coffee BES
@ShadowWizard brews a cup of Macchiato for @BES
12:42 PM
@Rob yeah, that makes some sense.
New dilemma for me at work. Since programming tasks have been reduced to almost nothing (hence my ongoing activity here), I was kind of re-assigned to do non-programming tasks, e.g. analyze errors and flaws in the system which don't involve code. I don't like it... but I can do it. Should I tell the boss? Try to find something else to do? Last resort is new job of course, but prefer to avoid that for now.... way too lazy for that. lol
@ShadowWizard You can probably at least let your boss know that you prefer one sort of work over the other.
Throw it on more fun, more challenging, whatever (not on 'easier to do' :P)
Perhaps phrase it as a question, ask how long they're expecting you to do this and if/when it would be possible to go back to programming
@ShadowWizard you had been given the opportunity to become a pony. You didn't.
Now, enjoy your slow journey to become a crocodile.
Gone are the days you wrote code....
Embrace the new world of marketing and project management.
(insert evil laugh here)
@Tinkeringbell yeah, but... what I prefer is pure programming, and that part is... almost non existent. :(
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@Derpy lol.... luckily for me, it's neither marketing nor project management so far. :)
12:52 PM
... so far ....
@ShadowWizard If you can't do that within your current company (and you did get in there doing that)... it's not to weird to ask if/when there will be programming to do again. If there won't be, it's time to go check whether you want to go through the hassle of finding another job, or stick with this because 'it isn't so bad'
More like getting client's report about some problem, making initial analysis, find the one who can solve this (usually not me), and be the middle-man in this whole thing.
@Tinkeringbell yeah, that's about what I thought also. Thanks!
@SonictheIntrovertedHedgehog flag please
I think I've been pretty clear that's what I expect
A flag means any mod who's free can handle it
I was in the middle of gaming when you pinged.
What game?
AC origins
Its kinda pushes all the good buttons for me (sneaking around shooting people in the face) and since its older, I got it on a discount
12:58 PM
I played one, didn't like it very much. Prefer RPG stuff.
amusingly I accidentally dropped into a boss fight while doing something else and... er... managed to tactically kill the enemy
that's to say, the enemy was cheating so I worked out how to best counter him
and suprisingly it worked
.... initiate reforming protocol-> v-ID 284#cat
Look at the trailer for the new game, @JourneymanGeek
1:01 PM
surrender your mind to the cute kitties
repent thy sins and convert to the cult of the cat.
@ShadowWizard worst I had was half-life 2
I got stuck for 2 days at the end, then saw how to finish in a dream.
I love my subconscious
@JourneymanGeek whaaaat?? lol
I played HL2 loooooong ago, but only multiplayer, with some friends.
1:15 PM
We were four, one is a real gamer and always killed 99% of the enemies, the rest of us just... followed behind and tried not to get in his way. lol
Lemme put it this way.. I play on easy
oh lol
Think we played the default, whatever it was
Is it even relevant in multiplayer?
Multiplayer HL2? Perhaps mods?
Or... did you mean L4D2?
@andmyself oh wait
LOL yeah
Both got "L"
And "2"
The only shooters game I really liked was Doom. The original. DOS.
Then the difficulty is relevant, between Easy (no friendly fire) and Hard (1 shotgun/sniper on the head and your friend's down...)
1:20 PM
Usually hilarity ensues, like when I was using scope, then my friend casually passed me and got headshot by me...
you should just try Nier Automata...
@andmyself Imagine it happen in real life
Q: People vote reputation, myth or reality?

Raydel MirandaHypothetic situation: You answer a question, a couple of minutes later another user with much more reputation than you post the same answer. And that's all for you in that question! All votes go for the second answer(the same as yours) which author has more way reputation. My question is: ...

I know the real issue is different here but isn't that kinda part of how it's supposed to work?
Yes and no
More experienced users see high reps doing stupid stuff often enough to learn to ignore rep when voting
1:34 PM
But newish users, usually no
Of course in similar cases I haven't ever seen the answer by the newbie not getting ANY upvotes but maybe SO is different
Remember the developer build for this year that's only 64GB? Our hope (because I was unable to find out for sure), is a UEFI BIOS update will allow 128GB on our motherboard due to newer 32GB DIMMs arriving. That process has started to happen with other boards, so I'm hopeful: https://twitter.com/anandtech/status/1087697890351464448
I remember when 128gb was 2 server grade chips. Then I realise that was only a few years ago
I remember when smart phones had 200 megabytes of RAM
(also, SE developer hardware typically makes me drool.)
Damn, where are we going with all this data? Ultimately more relevant dating sites, probably
1:39 PM
I could use one of those. Well in a manner of speaking
Terabytes of "zomg lol ftw hears me n bae havig lunch"
seems they skipped my suggestion to try Nier very hard mode
I came back here because I suddenly couldn't load questions on SE app...
O well, time to try again...
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