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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):

    Screenshot:

    Desktop

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


Download Widget

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

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wow. just ... wow. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 1 '09 at 22:00
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more important question is, will you link to your widget so we can use it? –  StevenMcD Aug 1 '09 at 22:07
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Finally a question on meta worthy of an upvote! –  jmfsg Aug 1 '09 at 22:12
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@FailBoy: The link is right below the closeup. –  Andrew Moore Aug 1 '09 at 22:17
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@Jeff: Wow the custom flairs or wow the additions? –  Andrew Moore Aug 1 '09 at 22:29
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Linux version of the client ? Edit: I found this tinyurl.com/2vx2q8y –  Chris Aug 26 '10 at 19:18
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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
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Even on Facebook lately, I've been starting to call people the "OP" –  Jerry Dodge Apr 24 '13 at 22:05

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Very, very addicted.

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I'm on Meta. On a Saturday morning. Need I say more?

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Is it worse on a Sunday? –  Rowland Shaw Aug 2 '09 at 8:35
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Why, Meta is only good on your work paid hours ? :] –  Gnoupi Aug 31 '09 at 15:22

I recently asked Jeff to delete all my accounts off all 4 sites because I was living and breathing the Trilogy in 4 parts. I have however killed the RSS feeds and try to only come on once or twice a day.

Needless to say 2 weeks later he re-linked all the accounts so that I could come back. However I now focus my attention on SU and MSO. I have however killed the RSS feeds and try to only come on once or twice a day.

I can relate to not getting the 200 cap for the day, although this is not there reason I do it. I try and give concise and correct answers, with links to external sites as a backup.

Update

Since Jeff had to unlink my accounts again. Luckily this time he only removed the OpenID, because lo and behold, 4 months later I am back again. I have now decided I am not having my accounts removed again, but rather just accept that the trilogy is one of my online homes.

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You've been with meta for four days and you're already at 1025 rep. Are you sure you haven't fallen off the wagon? –  Robert Harvey Aug 1 '09 at 18:50
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You know you have a problem when Jeff tweets about your addiction. twitter.com/codinghorror/status/2886432981 –  Bill the Lizard Aug 2 '09 at 3:28
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Hmmm... I deleted my twitter account as well so I missed that one. –  Diago Aug 2 '09 at 7:31
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@Diago have you heard of the 1st step? "1. We admitted we were powerless over Stack Overflow —that our lives had become unmanageable." –  user132619 Aug 2 '09 at 18:55
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End of August, how is going your "coming only once or twice a day" ? Unless you mean "coming at the morning, at working, leaving it all day, then closing on the way home, then coming back". In this case indeed, that would make it "twice" –  Gnoupi Aug 31 '09 at 8:08
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Lolz - The latter - Since I have also been upgraded to Mod on SU. I would say I have just accepted that I am addicted and enjoying it . –  Diago Aug 31 '09 at 8:13
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And moreover, it's not only about you anymore. Now you've got responsibilities, as a moderator. It's not an addiction, you just have to. ;) –  Gnoupi Aug 31 '09 at 8:18
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@Gnoupi: he has an addiction, not a problem. –  perbert Nov 10 '09 at 11:02

SO is referred to around the house as 'that website.'

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LOL! Hilarious. –  KyleFarris Oct 27 '09 at 20:44

I'm not an addict. I can stop anytime I want!

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Same for me. Which I demonstrate by stopping at least three times a day. –  Gert Arnold Aug 28 '12 at 17:54

I thought I was, but realized maybe I wasn't so much after seeing your desktop widget.

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Well, direct links to newest questions at SO, SF, SU 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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First, what I do after wake up, I refresh SO, SF, SU and MSO.

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In Russia, SOFU refreshes you! –  random Aug 1 '09 at 23:15

Not much. SO 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.

Edit: 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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Q: "Hi, I'm John, and I'm an SO addict."

A: "Hi, John"

I used to tell myself that I picked up the addiction during a period of unemployment. I've begun to wonder if that egg didn't come before that chicken.

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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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Last week I started answering SO questions while I was doing a code review for someone who was sitting right next to me.

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I've started lying to people and animals about my problem.

I promise, just one more refresh and I'll take you for a walk

30 minutes later my dogs are still staring at me wondering why they haven't gone anywhere.

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Next thing you know there is pee all over the office as they spite you. –  Chris Aug 26 '10 at 19:17

I don't know about addicted, but there's a definite correlation between the increase in my SO rep and the periods that I have an upcoming deadline. I have one upcoming now as a matter of fact.

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I want that desktop app. Bad. So I guess the answer is "really addicted".

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You know you're a StackOverflow addict when this is on the top of your resume:

Will Work for Badges

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@rcar that's a Threadless t-shirt waiting to happen - Will Work for StackOverflow badges hahaha –  user132619 Aug 2 '09 at 18:53

I'm on holidays in Fiji.

Proof:

  • Proxy IP address 202.62.127.61
  • MD5 (202.62.127.61) = 469a7f3e5b157b686aed29c28e9656af
  • Check the hash in my identicon (I'm too new to give you a link)

..and I answered the geekiest way possible.

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Hey 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 since about a year now, but I visit it in bursts (when I can't keep my hands off it anymore). The other time I am just coding my projects.

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I'm not addicted at all. Proof: I hardly had any cravings while in Venice for the weekend. I refuse to count the fact that I checked what had been going on as soon as I got off the return plane as evidence of any addiction. (I think I added a comment while still in baggage reclaim...)

To put it another way: I'm addicted to SO until something better comes along, in the same way that I was addicted to newsgroups before SO arrived.

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and note that even while on vacation Jon still probably hit the rep cap every day just from residuals... –  Steven A. Lowe Nov 12 '09 at 2:57

I have proof that I'm not addicted: I only have 3 woot! badges.

[Thinks: How long has superuser been going ...]

Edit

Oh dear, ... now I have 4, one for each of the sites ... time to do something different ...

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Oh Christ! You HAD to mention that you could win multiple WOOT badges? Great, now I'm gonna have to get OCD on this Beeyatch. –  JohnFx Aug 6 '09 at 3:34

You're one of the few people who sat and read this instead of refreshing for new question activity:

alt text

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Yes. I read it. Read it all. –  Paul Nathan Feb 1 '10 at 20:31

I've managed to break the addiction recently, but back in November I gained 200 reputation points on my wedding day, and on each day of my week-long honeymoon.

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And your wife still speaks to you? I'm impressed! –  mmyers Aug 4 '09 at 19:19
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@mmyers: Lucky for me, she likes to sleep late. :) –  Bill the Lizard Aug 4 '09 at 19:23
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wow... seriously... wow –  Nathan Koop Sep 4 '09 at 18:50
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I would have needed a lawyer! –  Marc Gravell Oct 2 '09 at 5:50
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I would have needed a coroner! @_@ –  Kyle Rozendo Sep 22 '10 at 20:39
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The phrase "in bed!" comes irresistibly to mind... –  Tom Zych Sep 2 '11 at 8:18

The following are good indications of addiction:

  • Wanting to up-vote comments on a blog/forum you visit regularly that is not SO/SU/SF/MSO.
  • Wanting to edit posts on any forum you visit to correct formatting/grammar.
  • You try and use markdown when writing an e-mail, any markdown e-mail clients out there?
  • You try and use markdown when writing your anything using LiveWriter or Word.
  • Your wife gives you dirty looks when you mention SO/SU/SF/MSO in any sentence.
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I'm always looking for the "Flag for Moderator Attention" link wherever I go (Forums, Blogs, Youtube...) but there isn't one. :( –  Time Traveling Bobby Nov 9 '10 at 14:33
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Guilty of the second one. –  Nasreddine Nov 19 '11 at 16:13

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...

-Adam

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You know you're addicted to SO when you can't send a short E-Mail or Facebook message any more without thinking "wait, that's not 15 characters yet!"

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I come here each time my app is building... and often realize i'm still there several minutes after it finished.

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xkcd.com/303 –  Gnoupi Feb 9 '10 at 16:25

It's 3 AM I'm on SO and meta... but I'm DEFINITELY NOT ADDICTED!

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+1 because it's 0417 local time as I'm reading this. –  Pops Jul 23 '10 at 8:18

I am *stuck*overflow :(

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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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