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We know Jeff and Joel use Stack Overflow (obviously), but what other "famous" developers or at least working on popular projects, or important blogs do you know of that are using Stack Overflow?

Define famous: Book authors, popular project leaders/developers (think VCS, an IDE, a database engine, etc., stuff we ask about here at Stack Overflow). I mean famous as in "has done something important for the rest of us".

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Yes it does. If Charles Manson ever takes up programming, he will instantly be a "famous developer". –  MusiGenesis Dec 11 '08 at 16:38
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Now you've gone and made Angelina and the kids cry. Shame on you! –  MusiGenesis Dec 11 '08 at 16:39
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@dacracot, you should at least have heard of Jon Skeet! –  Robert S. Dec 11 '08 at 19:16
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What i love about checking out the profiles of these people is to read the answers they give to their own specialization. –  Ólafur Waage Jan 6 '09 at 0:33

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Maybe not entirely famous yet but Brian McNamara from the F# development team has a signficant 16K+ rep at the time of adding him to the list.

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Larry O'Brien was the editor of three very good and now defunct magazines: "Software Development", "Computer Language", and "AI Expert".

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Not sure I've ever really heard of any 'famous' developers, maybe famous among developers but that doesn't really equate to fame in my mind. Edward Norton is a famous actor, but not just among actors. There are few developers that I would consider famous as nobody outside the developer community has any clue, most people not even having a clue what a developer even is.

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I bet more people know who Bill Gates is then Edward Norton. –  Chad Okere Dec 26 '08 at 21:33
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Who's Edward Norton? (No, really, I've never heard the name before.) –  mmyers Jan 12 '09 at 15:25
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Who is Linux named after? Maybe that guy is famous. –  Nosredna Jun 24 '09 at 18:15
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Didn't he do the Norton Utilities? :-) –  Paul Tomblin Sep 18 '09 at 11:43

Just stumbled upon an answer by Cory Foy.

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Is he famous? In what context? –  Pëkka Jan 13 '11 at 15:40

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