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Today someone found this profile on twitter:


In his profile Bio it says:

Uhh Lets see. All i can say is that I love being me and it's really cool. I love Discovery if you know what i mean plus i work at Stackoverflow. See you around.

His possible SO profile is this one.

So the question is: does he really? (as a concerned citizen)

Bonus question: Does someone know what does he mean with "I love Discovery"?

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The concerning question is: Why do you care? –  Xeo Feb 15 at 13:13
@benisuǝqbackwards, No! I've picked the person that happens to have a similar name, links to the same twitter account and have a very similar profile picture and named it possible. –  Jefffrey Feb 15 at 13:28
@Xeo, just to make sure. Call it curiosity. –  Jefffrey Feb 15 at 13:30
@Xeo: I don't really, but if one were to care, it might be because it seems unlikely this is an SE employee and as such he would be either wilfully or accidentally (through language barrier) misrepresenting his relationship with Stack Exchange Inc. I think most companies would object to random people falsely and publicly claiming an agreement of employment. –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 13:32
For the record I have politely asked the user to clarify their role within Stack Exchange Inc. (whilst pointing out delicately that the organisation with which they have allegedly entered into an agreement of employment, is not called "stackoverflow"). There is probably not much need for the Meta post unless he is not an employee and refuses to stop claiming to be. –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 13:34
When not even knowing that there's a space in the company name, I'd have my doubts too... –  Arjan Feb 15 at 13:35
@Arjan: And s/overflow/exchange/ Also, without trying to be rude, I think a recently departed election nominee would have a better chance of employment here ;) –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 13:35
Maybe he meant to write "I am active on Stack Overflow"? (But then, he's not very active really.) –  Arjan Feb 15 at 13:37
@Arjan: Agreed all. I think it's just an unfortunate error in wording. But still it's kind of weird to state it as a "job" in your FB profile, after just 11 months with only 53 rep –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 13:38
Haha, if he also mentioned it as a job elsewhere, then that's bad. Unless he's actually doing something in the team, of course. But then the company's introduction needs some improvements, @Lightness :-) –  Arjan Feb 15 at 13:40
Bonus comment: Discovery Channel? –  rene Feb 15 at 14:03
What do you know, @Lightness, SE personnel does not get to see the correct name! (Unless they use a different entrance to their office.) –  Arjan Feb 15 at 15:26
@Arjan: That's a stylised logo ;) Otherwise blame poor keming –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 17:07
Yeah, @Lightness, if it's a logo then who's to blame for forgetting the two different colors? ;-) (Also: wondering how much heat all those beamers in that office generate...) –  Arjan Feb 16 at 1:14

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He is not on the team page: http://stackexchange.com/about/team, unless he changed his name and wears a cactus suit.

Also, given that he misspells Stack Overflow, and that any employee would say Stack Exchange, I highly doubt it.

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Ooh, didn't know about that page. +1 (Wish my company would do that) –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 13:41
In theory, it could take some time for folks to show up there. (I remember that it took some time for Oded to appear there.) But again, I agree this guy is probably not in the team. –  Arjan Feb 15 at 13:47

what is it with you guys. Honestly have you actually looked at my profile on SO? i have or had 53 Reputations and now it's close to 40. How can someone with such a number of reputations be a member of SO more so an employee? I ain't an employee and I accept any punishment you guys may have in mind for me but I'm just trying to build a good CV that's all and it has nothing to do with working for SO.

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I assume you didn't mean "I am faking my CV", but to me "I'm just trying to build a good CV" sounds like that (in the context of this very question). Care to rephrase or explain more? –  Arjan Feb 15 at 14:13
first of all those are your words and second what do you want me to do to make to you leave me alone.? –  Olu Doug Feb 15 at 14:15
Well, we like our community and your "plus i work at Stackoverflow" seems to refer to that community. That makes us curious. –  Arjan Feb 15 at 14:16
If you want to build a good CV, I suggest filling it with facts, rather than misrepresentations. Both your Twitter profile and Facebook profile strongly indicate that you are a Stack Exchange employee, which you are not. If I worked at Stack Exchange (which I don't) I'm sure I wouldn't be too pleased about that. –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 14:18
... the same is also going to apply to a future employer. Just sayin' –  Pëkka Feb 15 at 14:20
Huhh, okay does this make you feel better here –  Olu Doug Feb 15 at 14:21
@OlupotDouglas: Thank you. –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 15 at 14:21
My apologies for any inconveniences i may have caused. Deeply regrettable and won't happen again. –  Olu Doug Feb 15 at 14:22
Liked the topic though. wonder who came up with it. –  Olu Doug Feb 15 at 14:23
@OlupotDouglas If you want to show off your SO/SE participation you can use "flair"... Go to your user profile and click the "flair" link on the upper right side. It will give you some options for displaying your participation/achievements. –  apaul34208 Feb 15 at 14:28
thanks I'll be sure to keep that in mind next time –  Olu Doug Feb 15 at 16:24
Nice that you joined the conversation. From what I understood you had a poor choice of words when what you really want to promote in your CV is I participate at SO, etc. Taking a quick look at your profile, I'd suggest that you improve the quality of your Answers (see How to Answer); this way you increase the recognition of your participation here (more reputation) and at the same time become more knowleadgeable on your field (more research, reading documentation, analyzing and writing code). I'm much better programmer after joining Stack Exchange. Good luck and best wishes :) –  brasofilo Feb 15 at 18:02
thanks @brasofilo thanks for the advise everyone. I guess i'll have to get more serious next time. –  Olu Doug Feb 15 at 20:41

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