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I was just inspecting what cookies are set on StackOverflow (you know, as you do) and one in particular caught my eye:

Name             Value        Domain                    Path Expires
IAmHappyWhereIAm IGotSunshine careers.stackoverflow.com /    2016... 

What is this whimsically named and valued cookie used for and what is the story behind its name/value?

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This naming scheme is a case for code-review. –  usr Jul 30 '14 at 12:31
Looking through the relevant documentation, this seems to be a known bug. Some preliminary questions based on the previous bug report: (1) Is it a cloudy day? (2) Do you have a "girl"? –  Parthian Shot Jul 31 '14 at 0:15
@usr At least they follow .NET's rule for naming interfaces... –  Mark Garcia Jul 31 '14 at 4:27
@usr there are more : superSecretTrackingCookie and superSecretTrackingCookie2 –  TJ- Jul 31 '14 at 9:30
Gotta catch them all, then trade them with your friends ! –  Willem D'haeseleer Jul 31 '14 at 10:04
Have you tried clapping your hands? –  Rosinante Jul 31 '14 at 10:31

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I added this. When we introduced localization, there used to be a popup for where-to-direct-you to the site we thought you might prefer; it was part of our plan to increase exposure for our translated sites. That cookie means, don't show me that popup anymore, and it's a cookie because not everyone is logged in for me to store it in preferences.

As for where the name and value came from, IAmHappyWhereIAm seemed appropriate, and IGotSunshine was because I was listening to the song My Girl when I wrote it.

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I would expect that it's the cookie for the "Not looking, but open to being contacted" option.

However, it appears that I'm wrong.

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At least it's not named "NeverGonnaGiveYouUp"... –  J. Steen Jul 30 '14 at 11:01
Surely that is something that would be stored server-side per-profile as I'm unlikely to want to be looking for jobs on one computer and not on another. –  dav_i Jul 30 '14 at 11:13
@dav_i - perhaps it's the local storage for when you edit your profile? I am just guessing here. –  ChrisF Jul 30 '14 at 11:14
I'm unlikely to want to be looking for jobs on one computer and not on another That's where you misunderstand the option- it's not about whether you'd be interested in being contacted. It's whether your browser is looking for a job. Maybe your browser doesn't feel like it's reaching its full potential in its current position. Maybe something in marketing or sales would be more fulfilling for your browser. Apparently, the OP's browser is HappyWhereItIs. –  Parthian Shot Jul 31 '14 at 0:21
(Incidentally, that is not to be confused with the debilitating condition "happywhereitis".) –  Parthian Shot Jul 31 '14 at 0:24

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