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Picture pages! Picture pages! Time to get your picture pages!

... time to get your crayons and your pencils!

That's right, it's time to realize that you're simply not going to get anything meaningful accomplished this week, and your time would be better rewarded by joining in on the last of three end-of-the-year mini-contests for Stack Overflow swag!

The final challenge:

Create an original hand drawn illustration of any Stack Exchange community, or a depiction of participating in any Stack Exchange community. You can use Paint, Photoshop or real crayons and paper, the only requirement is that the finished product must be free hand, and must be under 5MB in size. You may use small existing elements (a tag, icon, etc) - the overwhelming majority of your entry should be drawn by you.

You're free to incorporate any related elements into your drawing, such as (but not limited to):

  • Unicorns
  • One-armed dragons
  • Ponies
  • Mythical lords of the abyss
  • ... anything else that you'd like

Your final product should be easy enough to view directly within your answer; the image should link directly to the larger version if applicable.

Submissions must begin with a title of up to 60 characters that (at a minimum) states the community that inspired your work (e.g. Stack Overflow), more creativity is strongly encouraged in the title (e.g The night before ponies — Stack Overflow)

One paragraph (350 chars or less) is permitted to provide context below your image, and may contain inline links to explain any memes depicted.

A good example is this awesome mural by Pekka, which inspired this contest.

The grand prize:

The top three entries as determined by net up-vote counts will win the following items:

  • Stack Overflow T-Shirt
  • Stack Overflow Mug
  • A Stack Overflow padfolio, for future doodling endeavors
  • Pens (3), retractable sharpies (2), stickers (assortment of 10)

Two runners-up will receive a Stack Overflow T-Shirt and an assortment of stickers.

The rules:

  • Entry must be your own original work, created on or after December 26, 2013
  • No more than two entries per person (deleted entries do not count)
  • Changing the image after the initial edit grace period is prohibited and will disqualify the entry, but editing the title or paragraph is allowed.
  • Employees are welcome to participate, but aren't eligible to win prizes. Y'all can get this stuff on request and your entry might knock a community entry out of the running
  • A tie for a winning entry causes each entry with the same score to win
  • Score is determined by total upvotes received, downvotes do not count.
  • Entries must be received by Monday, December 30, 2013 at 16:00 UTC

Now get started!

Note: please make sure you have a working email that you actually check rather frequently associated with your account if you enter, this ensures that all prizes can be awarded quickly. Thanks!

And the winners are ....

Grand Prize

Runners Up

You'll get an email from me with a link to a form where you can provide your size and shipping information, I plan on shipping this stuff before the end of the week.

Thank you, again, to everyone that made this contest as fun as it was. We've now got some awesome artwork to decorate the meta halls in 2014!

P.S. - If you enjoyed, or absolutely hated these contests, please reach out to me and let me know, my email address is in my profile. This year was a test to see how well they would be received and contained, and I think it went pretty well. We'll have time to put more thought into them next year, and come up with more creative ideas for things we could do. Still - feedback is appreciated, even if you can't muster much more than get off my lawn.

Happy New Year To All!


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Arrrghh. The temptation! – Pëkka Dec 26 '13 at 14:19
Why is this tagged winter bash? Can't see any reference to hats.. ? – Shadow Wizard Dec 26 '13 at 14:23
@ShadowWizard Because it's something were doing in conjunction with Winter Bash. – Tim Post Dec 26 '13 at 14:24
@Tim fair enough... so adding hats is fine too, right? – Shadow Wizard Dec 26 '13 at 14:25
regarding: "must be free-hand" - can some small non free-hand elements be incorporated? like badge or tag sprites? or rendered text? – BartoszKP Dec 26 '13 at 14:26
@BartoszKP I implied that we could. If I were to draw one of those hats, no one would understand what it is. – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 26 '13 at 14:48
@Pëkka, if temptation alone is not enough: I happen to know you can draw very nicely...! – Arjan Dec 26 '13 at 14:59
@Arjan thank you! :) But I want to get some of my own drawing done, hence this is an evil temptation. – Pëkka Dec 26 '13 at 14:59
But wouldn't you need some shiny new retractable sharpies for that, @Pëkka? ;-) (I had to use Google image search to know what those are.) – Arjan Dec 26 '13 at 15:02
@insertcleverxmasname I agree. But nevertheless, because of no official statement I've rendered my fonts by hand ;) – BartoszKP Dec 26 '13 at 15:05
Alternatively, @Pëkka, change the company name in this and become part of "Y'all can get this stuff on request" ;-) – Arjan Dec 26 '13 at 15:05
@Arjan lol ----- – Pëkka Dec 26 '13 at 15:06
@BartoszKP Yes, I updated the post to reflect that. An icon or a tag is fine. A picture of a unicorn isn't (draw the unicorn instead) - for example. – Tim Post Dec 26 '13 at 15:22
@Bill, maybe I would like a mug please, in which Tiny Tim also offered mugs? – Arjan Dec 26 '13 at 17:14
You mention that entries must be in by the 30th. Does voting close then as well? – Richard Tingle Dec 28 '13 at 23:35

24 Answers 24

Unicorn Dollars!

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With the most sincere apologies to Jeff and Joel. I'm just getting started drawing faces.

I wondered when you'll show up! ;) – Shadow Wizard Dec 26 '13 at 20:08
Bummer. No umlaut! – Arjan Dec 26 '13 at 20:59
wow! really nice! – BartoszKP Dec 26 '13 at 21:38
I want real money to look like this. – Undo Dec 26 '13 at 23:19
Suggestion (not that you can really change it now): Change THE UNITED STATES OF STACK EXCHANGE to THE UNITED SITES OF STACK EXCHANGE. – Undo Dec 26 '13 at 23:19
@Undo great idea! I may do a correction round later, also to make the small latin text more readable – Pëkka Dec 26 '13 at 23:27
Yeah, us sites are sooo united... /sarcasm Still, I think it would sound better that way. – ɥʇǝS Dec 26 '13 at 23:55
@Seth well, as united as these United States :) – Pëkka Dec 27 '13 at 0:09
How cool would a Stack Exchange inspired currency be? You are only profitable based upon the knowledge you give in a broad variety of topics. – ChristopherW Dec 27 '13 at 0:42
I expect tens of thousands of these to show up in a duffel bag when they are produced. – Adam Davis Dec 27 '13 at 1:48
I don't see what significance, if any, 187606 has. If it does not have any particular significance, consider changing it to 1732348 when you create the official Stack Exchange Reputation Currency. – Adam Davis Dec 27 '13 at 1:55
@Adam that number was avoided in the production process, just as there is no 13th floor in many highrises. – Pëkka Dec 27 '13 at 2:05
Oh my God, PEKKA CAN NOW PRINT REP. This can only end in disaster, as people rush the reputation banks in a mad frenzy! – Tim Post Dec 27 '13 at 7:19
@TinyTim there was a series of forgeries in 2009-10 where the notes said "ONE EXP". The culprit was apprehended quickly. – Pëkka Dec 28 '13 at 0:10
Looking at this again, I think you might have just created Keanu Spolsky. – Tim Post Dec 30 '13 at 15:58

How to cause an apocalypse, or, Atlas visits Stack Overflow

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Background meme, Who Atlas is. The other head is Ólafur

Unfortunately I suck at drawing beards. Scratch that, I suck at drawing. I should totally drop drawing and try jQuery. – Manishearth Dec 26 '13 at 16:39
Painfully accurate – Benjamin Gruenbaum Dec 27 '13 at 1:33

More Please!

If I ever stop using Stack Exchange/Overflow, at least I will remember to never use the deprecated mysql PHP libraries and that jQuery is better than everything...even if my question was about Powershell.

jQuery reference

More please

see the red box in the mysql – Emilio Gort Dec 27 '13 at 2:49
Hahaha, this is awesome. – jadarnel27 Dec 27 '13 at 15:51
even if my question was about Powershell. LOL – Amal Murali Dec 27 '13 at 21:37
-1, the Freehand Circle isn't Red. (jk) – The Guy with The Hat Dec 29 '13 at 18:28
I didn't want him to be a red head :-( – ChristopherW Dec 29 '13 at 22:50

Stack Overflow - Professionals at work



The guardian unicorn of Meta Stack Overflow

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We need one of these.

I am proud to be a Unicorn. – Manishearth Dec 26 '13 at 16:36
This is beautiful. We all are guardian unicorns occasionally. – Pëkka Dec 28 '13 at 3:30

Lounge<C++> the best, the funniest, the coolest SO chatroom in teh worldz!

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Top text is one of past top-starred messages. The bottoms "tags" are exemplary tags that were/are in the room's description.

Dedicated to nice people I met there and spend some good time with (alphabetically): Abyx, Bartek Banachewicz, Borgleader, Cat Plus Plus, DeadMG, Ell, Etienne de Martel, FredOverflow, Games Brainiac, Jefffrey, Jerry Coffin, Lightness Races in Orbit, Martin James, melak47, Mohammad Ali Baydoun , Mysticial, Pawnguy7, R. Martinho Fernandes, Rapptz, rightfold, ScottW, sehe, StackedCrooked, ThePhD, Tony The Lion, Xeo, and others (sorry for not remembering everyone!).

The worst part about this is that it's mostly accurate :P – Undo Dec 26 '13 at 15:14
The best part is no Oztralians in the list:) – Martin James Dec 26 '13 at 16:05
Shit, my name is in there, now they'll know I'm not neutral. – Etienne de Martel Dec 26 '13 at 20:56
I like how the "why doesn't work?" guy has the classic thinker's pose. – Pëkka Dec 26 '13 at 21:53
@EtiennedeMartel Phew... My name isn't there. There's some other guy name "Mystical", never heard of him. whistles... – Mysticial Dec 26 '13 at 22:25
@Mysticial lol, @ should work with first letters in posts also ;0 btw. haven't you considered changing your nickname? – BartoszKP Dec 26 '13 at 22:41
Dammit, you "fixed" it. :(:(:( – Mysticial Dec 26 '13 at 22:42
@Mysticial That's my primal instinct for bug fixing. But feel free to edit it to whatever you like :D – BartoszKP Dec 26 '13 at 22:42
You remembered me ;_; I love you ;_; (Needs more Java and PHP hate though) – Mohammad Ali Baydoun Dec 27 '13 at 11:11
@MohammadAliBaydoun I considered that! But I decided to be politically correct. I'm weak, I know. – BartoszKP Dec 27 '13 at 15:27

JavaScript != Java

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Well, I did tell you I was new to it. Tsk. Some people... – ЯegDwight Dec 28 '13 at 21:59

Getting out of Stack Overflow question ban

Sometimes it's possible.

You know, I felt reminded of – Pëkka Dec 27 '13 at 0:35
@Pëkka awesome, you made my night! (2:30 AM here so will go to bed with a smile :-)) – Shadow Wizard Dec 27 '13 at 0:37
@Pëkka incidentally, originally from the Perry Bible Fellowship. #77 - Bunny Pit. If you like that one, you may find the rest of pbf amusing. Warning, not all are safe for work viewing. – MichaelT Dec 27 '13 at 3:50
@Michael nice! Very funny stuff. – Pëkka Dec 27 '13 at 3:58
@Pëkka From PBF, I'm not sure if nice shirt or the last unicorns is more appropriate for MSO. – MichaelT Dec 27 '13 at 4:09

StackOverflow evolution

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That eye ...... – HamZa Dec 30 '13 at 12:07

If you only knew the horror outside - Stack Overflow

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The moderation of stack overflow; both community and diamond moderator. Despite what some may say the pile of earth is a spammer tunnelling under the community moderation and being stopped by a mod.

Why is the moderator buying viagra from a pile of poop? – Manishearth Dec 28 '13 at 23:37
Its supposed to be a spammer tunnelling under the community moderation (see the spade) and the moderator holding up a detectives badge basically saying "banned" – Richard Tingle Dec 28 '13 at 23:41
I like my version better :P – Manishearth Dec 28 '13 at 23:44
I like us being evil, authoritarian riot cops. – Pëkka Dec 28 '13 at 23:49
Since when is Slenderman a mod? – mikeTheLiar Dec 30 '13 at 11:24
@mikeTheLiar looks up slenderman, ha! That really does look like slenderman! But sadly it is actually a symptom of my inability to draw faces – Richard Tingle Dec 30 '13 at 12:05

Users participating in the C tag watch a unicorn dying because a new fella casts the return value of malloc().

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... all these years ... I ... I never knew. I'm a horrible programmer. – Tim Post Dec 28 '13 at 8:38
@TinyTim Don't worry, tiny Tim, it's over now. It's gonna be all right. :-) – H2CO3 Dec 28 '13 at 8:39
Love the baseball hat. – Kerrek SB Dec 28 '13 at 11:08
@KerrekSB Since it's winter time, I thought some sort of hat would be a good idea. (Also, I hope everyone groks the reference to Unwind.) – H2CO3 Dec 28 '13 at 11:53

Stack Overflow - even your girlfriend knows it


This has never happened to me. shifty eyes. On an unrelated note; ferrys in the middle of the the sea have wifi too these days – Richard Tingle Dec 29 '13 at 10:25
I once went on vacation for a few days just when the 100 days had almost been reached. I tried to access the sites via mobile, but one day it wasn't possible so I lost out that time. – Manishearth Dec 29 '13 at 13:54
Nobody is wondering what codinghorror is doing with @juergen d's girlfriend? – Tim Post Dec 30 '13 at 12:50

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Implied I could use some non-freehand elements. – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 26 '13 at 14:48

Extinction: Act Now, or Forever Hold Your Peace

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someone had to represent...


Internet? You should totally drop that and try Amateur Radio

Internet? You should totally drop that and try CW. Image of unicorn operating morse code key connected to transmitter and antenna.


The Meta Effect

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Inspired by a by my favorite xkcd, and my patient yet irritated wife...


Wait, wait... I know the answer! - Stack Overflow

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Sometimes, you just want to pause SO to counteract the fastest gun in the west. (Or get it fueled by, actually, possibly.)


(This is very Meta Meta)

All Over the SE Network - Dont Wake The Shog

When a fight or flame rises, The Shog arises.

Dont Wake The Shog

In case you didnt get it:
Panel 1: Flame starts on MSO
Panel 2: Fight ensues (middle of the panel). Shog passes by.
Panel 3: Shog attempts to calm/mediate.
Panel 4: Fight continues
Panel 5: Shog gets angry
Panel 6: The Shog Awakens.

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How to burninate (hat edition)


I cannot draw Trogdor well... – qwertynl Dec 26 '13 at 16:36

Paranoia in late answers to old questions

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BUT I WAS ONLY TRYING TO HELP – Pëkka Dec 28 '13 at 23:50




Eternity (Meta Stack Overflow)

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Only my name is enough : Jon Skeet

jon skeet


Stack Overflow Deity

Simply the best. ©

As a caricature this is hilarious – bobobobo Dec 28 '13 at 2:32

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