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You're participating in :P

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Definitely a good indicator. – Brad Gilbert Jun 30 '09 at 16:55

You know that this question is a duplicate.

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Or that you know a question is duplicated across more than one SO site and then migrate and merge the two questions! – Skizz Jul 14 '09 at 11:13
Which is now a dead link :( – fretje Feb 22 '10 at 17:57

You're starting to hate your own issue-management/bug-tracking system for not having voting and comment capabilities.

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You wish that the Cornify button was a permanent fixture of the website.

What? Don't look at me like that. You know damn well you pressed it hundreds of times too.

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Oh jeah... the famous Cornify thread... – please delete me Jun 30 '09 at 13:01
Yeah, but I only pressed it in the hopes of getting a badge! =P – gnostradamus Jun 30 '09 at 15:53
+1 They should definitely bring it back!!!! (Can you hear me Jeff?) – Doctor Jones Oct 21 '10 at 8:25

You talk to someone at your university and chat about StackOverflow and when you tell him your username he goes, "Oh! You're the pony guy!"

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Well, if you can't be famous for programming... :P – mmyers Jun 30 '09 at 14:05

You think of creating a legitimate question, which is also boring and has no chance of being answered!!!!

...just so that you can earn your Tumbleweed badge!!

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Ask legitimate obscure questions on SO, like me... – Humphrey Bogart Feb 28 '10 at 0:53

You shout "Downvote!" to the interns attempting to explain polymorphism.
You place a golden-star sticker on favorites items throughout the house.
You take your laptop to the restroom...
You use "Skeet" as a verb meaning to answer questions: "Don't mind me, I'm skeeting on SO."

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'Skeeting' also means something else...I'm just saying. – jjnguy Jul 10 '09 at 18:02

You're checking your SO reputation BEFORE your first cup of coffee. Or even BEFORE you get out of bed ;-) <placeholder for the obligatory xkcd link "laptops are weird" ;-)> (don't know the number by heart, and xkcd is websensed here :s)

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omg, i've been really bad out the coffee 2nd with MSO lately... – Stu Thompson Jun 30 '09 at 12:42
You meant "Morning Routine" didn't you? – Jakub Narębski Jul 10 '09 at 17:53
@Jakub: jep, that's the one :) – fretje Jul 17 '09 at 10:46

you're listening to somebody at a party, you like what he/she says, and you think "+1".

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When your significant other not only knows that exists, but also the names "Jeff Atwood" and "Jon Skeet".

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When you're reading this question.

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Your reputation (not rep score) on is almost forgotten, yet your reputation on SO ends up being exactly the same.

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You have 73,933+ reputation...I'm looking at you Jon Skeet.

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I've got 99 problems but a Skeet ain't one of them. – TheTXI Jun 30 '09 at 12:28
I almost wish he would fly to the Boston Dev Days. I would love to meet the guy... – Thomas Owens Jun 30 '09 at 12:30
@Thomas: I suspect there are going to be a lot of disappointed people in London. I'm extremely ordinary in so many ways. – Jon Skeet Jun 30 '09 at 12:57
You realize how dated this answer is going to be in less than a week when you have to come back and change that to 83,933. – Michael Pryor Jun 30 '09 at 13:10
@MichaelPryor, Oh, it's actually 10 times that amount already. – Pacerier May 13 '14 at 9:34

You start dreaming about Stack Overflow and SOpedians. Seriously.

A few night ago I had a dream that Jeff was hosting DevDays at his home, and 'we' (a bunch of SOpedians and I) were wandering around randomly. I came accross Jeff's Lightsaber (ala Star Wars) on a mantel. Being curious, I picked it up and was checking it out. Jeff came in, saw me, and screamed "Don't touch the Lightsaber! Get out, Stu! Out!"

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Less cheese before bed in future... – Marc Gravell Jun 30 '09 at 12:48

If you're searching the upvote/downvote button in a Lotus Notes Discussion Database :(

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You feel strangely jealous of Jon Skeet and his sky-high reputation, even though you've never met the man and he seems perfectly normal and nice.

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When you have to check your profile on one of the sites to confirm your own age...

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