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Where can I go to purchase a mug or some other pretentious geeky SO swag to support/promote this fine, fine community?

If there is no SO shop can I get my own at CafePress?



This has now turned into an impromptu contest on an otherwise idle Thursday:

I have exactly 3 coffee cups that are just sort of hanging around and, err, cluttering up the place. If folks were to write a coffee haiku as answers to this question that somehow mentioned 'overflowing' - I might be inclined to send them out to the top three voted1 entries as of 16:00 UTC this Friday the 22nd. What the heck, it's close enough to December. One entry per person, void if management shuts this down.

1As determined by the net count of up-votes per post

The Prize (thanks to Andrew Barber)

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The Winners!

Grand Prize Winners (4):

These poets will receive a Stack Overflow mug, Stack Overflow T-shirt, and a small collection of stickers

Runners-up (2):

These users will receive a small collection of stickers and a Stack Overflow T-shirt. They received the only two distinct scores after the third place tie.

Honorable Mention (1)

  • dshorter (who asked this question) will receive the mug that he asked for in the first place. Sorry about hijacking your question and turning it into a bizarre haiku contest. Well, no, I'm not really sorry.

Employees (1)

Because when you spill awesomesauce on a contest like this you deserve a mug and a title!

  • couchand Entry net up-vote count of 49 wins the same grand prize as the community winners, along with the official title of Haiku Boss for the highest score in the contest!

Thank you to everyone that participated and made this fun! I'll be in touch with you shortly to get the needed details, and will ship the prizes to the winners by the end of next week.

If you didn't win, don't despair - the holidays are coming quickly, and you might have a few more opportunities!

A note on scoring: The total amount of up-votes is what was considered. If you received 20 up votes and 10 down votes, you got a score of 20.


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I have exactly 3 coffee cups that are just sort of hanging around and, err, cluttering up the place. If folks were to write a coffee haiku as answers to this question that somehow mentioned 'overflowing' - I might be inclined to send them out to the top three voted entries as of 16:00 UTC tomorrow. What the heck, it's close enough to December. One entry per person, void if management shuts this down. – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 16:41
@Manishearth Well my colleague has done a fine job of setting an example here so .. I'll leave that up to you I suppose :P – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 17:14
Is this the mug you're talking about? I'm never parting with mine. ;) – gnostradamus Nov 21 '13 at 17:18
@Geobits if you want the mugs // and your vote score is the same // you fight to the death – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:21
Since I can't enter twice I'm just going to have to put this here: I love web design / My CSS is awesome / at overflowing – fredley Nov 21 '13 at 17:23
@TimPost How did you get your furby intoxicated? I've tried both liqour and drugs, but they just blink creepily at me. – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 17:27
@Geobits That is them intoxicated. – Andrew Barber Nov 21 '13 at 17:52

55 Answers 55

On meta I dwell.
From above the problems rain;
Overflowing brown


Coffee, black and strong;
OK, very nearly black -
Like the new top bar

Coffee Overflow  
Fuelled by caffeine, code flows.   
For a coder I am!
Yes. Fueled is two syllables. Fu-eled. Or something like that. – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 10:00

Here in Germany, we count sillables for haikus. I'm not sure how it's done for the English language, I guess it's the same...

            li    $8, 0x42
overflow:   add   $8, $8, $8
            beqz  $0, overflow

Translated into words:

li eight for'ty-two
O'ver'flow add eight eight eight
beqz naught o'ver'flow

And yes, it's running! Try mars.


The professor said,

"I need your answer Monday"

Can you do it, please?

(Not trying for the cup, just having some fun)

Sorry I don't understand your issue, 
    I cannot reproduce your mug without an additional clue.
I tried mug.overflow() and it works great: 
    there is coffee all over my carpet.
You should improve your question, 
    otherwise it will be closed with the following reason:

Question concerning problems with coffee you have consumed or with mug, should describe the specific problem and include valid explanation of usual consumption, frequency. Please clarify your specific problem and add additional details to highlight exactly which mug you use.


You can try this C# snippet (works fine with StackOverflowMug

public bool GetCoffee(programer user, SoMug mug)
    if (user.isThirsty == true || user.isTired == true) 
        if (mug.Exists == false) 
            Debug.WriteLine("thanks StackOverFlow to make us mouth water ;-)");
                //it works, Thanks StackOverFlow !
                return true;
            catch (MugOverflowingException ex) 
                Debug.WriteLine("Check the carpet...");
    return false;

Hope you like it

lend me your cup,
filled with coffee,
so answers start to overflow.
Overflowing coffee
No mugs to pour. But oh wait!
Isn't it time to code?
Coffee Addiction
These overflowing urges...
A mug won't help this!
Once upon a time
A big overflow occurred
And thus coffee mug.

Overflowing Jon

ST OP! Look and Listen.

AC cept or vote up Jon Skeet.

K [2] rep overflow.


For the entry:

coffee-logged keyboard
excited programmer poured
the mug overflows

Not for the contest (but about stack overflows, or lack thereof):

an infinite loop?
tail-call optimization?
no stack overflow!



In this penetrating cold
Even the unicorns
Drink hot tea


I don't drink coffee;
other things overflow too.
Not my stack, I hope.


sleeping mind wake up
Though the precious brew of life
overflow mug holds

Hey Stack Overflow!
When I tried to reach the site
It was a teapot.
My mug overflows
And then I do too much code
Rehab doesn't work

I answer questions
Drinking coffee heavily
Stack, overflowing


Work? No, SO bug.


Red freehand circle.


i don't like haiku

funneh imaeg r teh win

here's a mug mid shake

enter image description here

Nonsensical posts / Will? Won't, D N G A F. / My favorite troll – Esoteric Screen Name Nov 21 '13 at 21:03

A take on the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP) in Haiku

WHEN RESTful days end 
Stacks Overflow, so I BREW
Mondays I conquer 
Not many people know this, but Stack Overflow is a teapot. – JDB Nov 21 '13 at 20:04

Until Stack Exchange
overflows with winter hats,
I need more coffee!


Once upon a 0:00 UTC dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of unhandled flags,
As I moused through, sometimes tapping, suddenly there came entrapping,
pain like tendons nearly snapping, and my wrist became quite sore.
This (here I winced quietly) I ignore.

Ah, distinctly I remember it was this week in November,
And questions on Backbone, Ember littered the Stack Over-floor.
Through my pain and wristly sorrows, I pondered leaving them for tomorrow
Rest, or – oh! Spam and/or offensive flags galore.

Having cleared these, unease growing, fear despite of knowing,
I clicked, saw Close Votes, overflowing, four point seven five thousand score!
My finger on the trackpad, defiant, surrender sure I was I’dn’t,
Then, despite overloading my HTTP client, the dent made was quite poor!

And that carpal tunnel still is entrapping, entrapping my sad nerves so sore,
And when I think back to that review queue, poor souls of which are wondering what to do,
I’ll be seen there – nevermore!

Oh, a haiku?

There is a place where the review cap ends and before the stress begins, and there my soul grows warm and light, and there my fingers fast and light. And there the closer rests from his fight to cool in the cold office wind. – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 19:15

What counts in haiku?
Wikipedia says on
Overflowing? Hmmm


Summer of love is coming ♫

Downvoted, winter bash is over ♫

Overflowing close votes, strike ♫

bean, brown and bitter
overly caffeinated
thoughts overflowing
Only three mugs left
When everybody wants one
Answers overflow

Coffee overflow?

I'd rather have some tacos



Brain overflowing

A hand grabbing for a mug

Feeling bright again


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