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How addicted to Stack Overflow are you really?

I've recently realized that I'm getting really addicted to these sites (especially SO) for various reasons.

  1. I feel like I've failed myself when a day passes and I didn't reach my 200 reputation cap. (maybe that's a small exaggeration)

  2. I've build a widget that shows my reputation directly on my desktop, updated every 10 minutes (top center):



      So the question is, how addicted are you to Stack Overflow?

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The widgets are powered by my Image Based Flair (Source) PHP Script.

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Where'd you get that background? – Spencer Ruport Aug 1 '09 at 20:50
@Spencer Ruport: A New Dawn by Burning-Liquid: – Andrew Moore Aug 1 '09 at 21:20
wow. just ... wow. – Jeff Atwood Aug 1 '09 at 22:00
more important question is, will you link to your widget so we can use it? – StevenMcD Aug 1 '09 at 22:07
Finally a question on meta worthy of an upvote! – juan Aug 1 '09 at 22:12
@FailBoy: The link is right below the closeup. – Andrew Moore Aug 1 '09 at 22:17
@Jeff: Wow the custom flairs or wow the additions? – Andrew Moore Aug 1 '09 at 22:29
@Andrew Moore Are you just waiting for one of the top Gold badges to have a number next to it other than 0? – Tyler Carter Aug 2 '09 at 0:29
Definitely addicted here, but I am WAAY too newb in the world of serverfault to answer anything there. – TM. Aug 27 '09 at 2:55
This is positive addiction. For a good cause I appreciate it. – Avatar Aug 21 '10 at 21:19
Linux version of the client ? Edit: I found this – Chris Aug 26 '10 at 19:18
You should take a break. Addictions are bad, and even the quality of your answers and behavior on the site will decrease if you visit it too much. – user139018 May 1 '11 at 21:35
just one more edit, then I can sleep o.O – Merlin Nov 20 '11 at 2:44
Even on Facebook lately, I've been starting to call people the "OP" – Jerry Dodge Apr 24 '13 at 22:05
@JerryDodge, and I'm asking What Have You Tried? when people ask me to like some thing ;) – Amit Joki Mar 14 '14 at 5:04

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Very, very addicted.

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I am *stuck*overflow :(

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I am actually getting an Android phone up and running so that I can install Stack Overflow. I am totally into research mode since I joined some.... less than 60 days ago...

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Once I got engaged with a girl, she often said to me: the computer and Stack Overflow are your first wives, and I will be second.

And I went on a leave for one week at the end of Jan 2013 to Feb, and once I came back I again started Stack Overflow. I always have some arguments on this. And I can't sleep < 200. You can check my profile,

I can say I am StackOverflowic

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Well, direct links to newest questions at Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User and Meta are in my bookmark toolbar. That's 40% of my toolbar at the moment.

And something like @mmyers said, except it's now Saturday evening. :)

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I'm trying. There's so much great content on here, but I can't seem to settle into an efficient pattern of finding the great content that's interesting to me. How do YOU use Stack Overflow?

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I've managed to break the addiction. I didn't even feel bad when I fell off the first page at SO and SF.

After having not visited for quite some time, and coming back into a few interestingly meta questions, I'm thinking, "Uh oh... I'd better leave before I start up again..."


/checks to see if rep has gone up at any of the four sites...


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I've no time to download and change the background picture,
less to program or install some widgets....

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When you have SOflair on your android phone home screen, and 15 minutes notification for Droidstack (and begging on Android Market for 3-minute interval), you know you're a little addicted.

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When you look for the button to down-vote because you disagree with somebody who is talking together you.

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I am here on a sunday night! Need i say more?

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I'm addicted that way that I add two blanks at the end of a line in a text box and check for preview how the line break looks. Or that my code gets indented and correct highlighted.

And I'm surprised seeing no preview nor any other behaviour of SO/SE text boxes. It just send what I typed.

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Not much. Stack Overflow is very useful, and I probably couldn't work without it.

Meta is just a huge time-waster. It reminds me of the dorm-governance meetings in University.

I am addicted to programming and technology, though I try to control it. Hence I admire your Desktop widget. Nice stuff.

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@yar: Thanks... I kinda live a double life between developer and designer so I wanted something that was minimalist, but looks nice on my desktop. – Andrew Moore Aug 1 '09 at 19:29

Can I get that widget? I really mean it.

(It's Sunday morning - 6.43 AM here, and I was awake till 2.14 last night.)

But honestly I am not that addicted. I've been a member for a about a year now, but I visit it in bursts (when I can't keep my hands off it any more). The other time I am just coding my projects.

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Links are in the question – random Aug 2 '09 at 1:15

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