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I'm thinking stackoverflow.com llc / inc should buy a brick in the Computer History Museum Wall.

It's for a noble cause -- the CHM is one of my favorite places on the planet, and the money is a non-profit donation in support of their effort to record the history of the computer.

The brick I am looking at is the Terabyte:

The wall will consist of a series of permanent high-tech plaques engraved with your message. Honor your favorite computer pioneer, recall your first technology project, or annotate any technology memory you wish to commemorate in this special area. Each engraved wall plaque will be placed in the newly remodeled entry area of the Museum, ensuring that your reminiscences will be preserved and shared for years to come.

  • Name: Terabyte
  • Price: $5000
  • Description: 8" x 8" Plaque
  • Max Lines of Text: 6
  • Max Characters per Line: 18
  • Company logo or Stock Symbol available

So, then, the question: what should our CHM plaque say?

Completed, selection made public, and payment confirmed with the Museum: Our Brick in the Computer History Museum Wall. Now we wait for October to see it live!

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If you can put the APL character set on a brick, I bet you could reimplement SO in APL and it'd fit on that brick.... –  Earlz Apr 17 '10 at 3:29
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Have you verified that both the 108 characters and the logo can be accommodated? Or will someone need to do a graphic that includes the logo and some text (then the character limit may be different - higher or lower - depending on the resolution of the engraving technology)? Is there additional cost for the logo? –  Dennis Williamson Apr 17 '10 at 11:13
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I think the museum should donate this brick to you because 17,210 meta users are going to visit the museum just to see this brick. –  Robert Cartaino Apr 17 '10 at 18:13
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I took me five answers to realize that the first row of numbers were only coordinates, not actual text for the brick. –  Daniel Daranas Apr 17 '10 at 23:05
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I can think of one company that would be so much happier if their brick could hold seven lines of 20 characters. –  Dennis Williamson Apr 17 '10 at 23:29
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I really can't read a question with the words "brick in the (...) wall" without having that same song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. –  Gnoupi Apr 19 '10 at 14:15
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@Dennis - ah. I get it now. :) –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 19 '10 at 17:14
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Whatever the answer, I think it should include the 123456789012345678 numbers on it.. even if we lose a column and a row. And it must be monospaced font. –  glasnt Apr 20 '10 at 22:49

100 Answers 100

  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 Dedicated towards
3 finding excellent,
4 accurate & lasting
5 answers to every
6 programming issue.

or
6 developer question
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  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 Established 2008
3 to serve everyone
4 who is interested
5 in writing lasting
6 software.
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Why "lasting" though? –  delete Apr 20 '10 at 4:38
  123456789012345678
1 Software is about
2 improving the life
3 of human beings.
4 StackOverflow.com 
5 helps developers
6 to make it happen.
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123456789012345678
0 StackOverflow.com
1 
2   I am the
3    answer 
4    to our
5   question

meaning that this brick have an answer to the question, what to write on.

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  123456789012345678
1 ##################
2 #  >  \    /   \ #
3 #  /           / #
4 #        #       #
5 #  \  /  # \   x #
6 ##################

Lasers!

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 123456789012345678
0 Haikus are
1      confusing
2 But the answers
3      do make sense
4 StackOverflow.com
5
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"Questions in [and, of] / confusion / But the answers / do make sense" –  Dennis Williamson Apr 21 '10 at 1:06
  123456789012345678
0 +1 Why
1 stackneverflow.com
2 not working ?
3 
4 +3 Try to replace
5 'never' with 'over'
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I'll try:

  123456789012345678
1 To: Skynet
2 You are welcome.
3
4 stackoverflow.com
5
6 
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Not sure if you can use non-alphanumeric characters or not, but how about something really geeky like Hello world written as a palindrome in Befunge?

  123456789012345678
1 0"dlroW ,olleH"v<
2 @_,^         >#:^
3 ^:#>         ^,_@
4 <v"Hello, World"0
5 
6 stackoverflow.com

You would have to check and make sure they use a monospaced font too of course :-P

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I like the idea of stating what Stack Overflow is all about.

  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 We help the
3 world's best
4 developers make
5 better software
6 
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well, that's what Fog Creek is about, technically –  Jeff Atwood Apr 16 '10 at 23:54
  123456789012345678
1 Couldn't figure
2 out how to put
3 text on this brick
4 thingadongdong.
5
6

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Looks like you figured it out... –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 17 '10 at 4:49

History, potential for irony if the brick survives the end of the world in 2012 and a mutant zombie survivor visits the museum, and waffles!

  123456789012345678
1 1804:Jacquard Loom
2 1946:ENIAC 
3 1971:First e-mail
4 2008:stackoverflow
5 2009:Waffles
6 2012:John Cusack?
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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 
3 Replacing Google
4   question by 
5    question!
6
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This is patently wrong, as something like 50% of SO's traffic comes FROM google. –  Stefan Kendall Apr 18 '10 at 1:21
 123456789012345678
1 Mortar Overflow
2
3
4
5
6
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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 
3 For help when 
4 your site has
5 been bricked.
6 
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Since its a computer history museum, I suggest something about the history of internet Q&A. Stackoverflow's history goes back at least as far as Michael E. Lesk (UUCP) and Tome Truscott & Jim Ellis (Usenet). No doubt some early BBSs as well. And whoever came up with the first web forum.

And a special thanks to the hyphen site for showing us how not to do it. :-P

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  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 is you and every
3 other developer
4 who is dedicated
5 to create software
6 which helps people

I know, sounds like a motto for Alt.Net, but I honestly believe that most SO users want to write great software rather than just the bare minimum.

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  123456789012345678
1 You can't parse   
2 [X]HTML with regex
3 Because HTML can't
4 be parsed by regex
5 find out why...
6 Stackoverflow.com
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This is actually a dupe of an earlier answer. Votes here should prolly be put on the first one. –  jjnguy Apr 19 '10 at 13:42
  123456789012345678
1 How is c pound
2 formed? How is
3 program get
4 compiled?
5 Closed as "not a
6 real question"
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  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 The power of
3 crowdsourced
4 programming
5 knowledge
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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2       This
3      should
4        be
5    commnunity
6       wiki
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  123456789012345678
1 "The only thing
2 that will redeem
3      mankind
4 is co-operation."
5 - Bertrand Russell
6 StackOverflow.com
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   123456789012345678
 1
 2
 3 StackOverflow.com:
 4 Internet++
 5
 6

Short and simple, but I think it captures the spirit of making the internet a better place, as well as being a programming reference

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  123456789012345678
1
2
3     use jQuery
4
5
6
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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 
3 Where
4 Jon Skeet eats
5 everyone else
6 for breakfeast.
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-1 SO is not Jon Skeet –  jmfsg Apr 18 '10 at 17:26
  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 
3 Because...
4 Jon Skeet
5 is a prime Number
6 
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-1 SO is not Jon Skeet –  jmfsg Apr 18 '10 at 17:26
  123456789012345678
1 Layout bug with lo
2 stackoverflow.com
3 [bug] [layout]
4 [status-bydesign]
5 Edited by Jeff
6 Atwood ♦
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  123456789012345678
1 stacking
2 questions and...
3 answers, since..
4 [created-date]
5 until,
6 [overflow-error]
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  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2   Take fifteen 
3  minutes to give
4 an awesome answer
5       ...
6 GODDAMNIT SKEET!!!
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similar meta.stackexchange.com/questions/46920/… –  Won't Apr 19 '10 at 13:40
123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 One small 
3 question, one
3 giant answer
4 for programmers 
5 everywhere.
6 
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