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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
5  
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
5  
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

up vote 47 down vote accepted
  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 Dedicated to the 
3 expert programmers
4 whose tireless
5 work made this
6 brick possible.

Stack Overflow Plaque at CHM

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Aw. I liked a lot others more(even being serious) :( –  Earlz May 13 '10 at 6:36
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meta is a fine place for in-jokes, but I think when you're putting words on granite (literally or metaphorically) in a public place, it's best to play it straight, simple, and clear. –  Jeff Atwood May 13 '10 at 7:44
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This one really stands out. If possible, I'd suggest a slight change so that the dedication is directed to the expert programmers rather than their tireless work : 3 expert programmers, 4 whose tireless, 5 work made this. –  Ben McCormack May 13 '10 at 12:22
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Congratulations, I don't think it could possibly be more vanilla. –  Won't May 13 '10 at 13:40
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@ben good idea -- done! –  Jeff Atwood May 14 '10 at 9:24
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Now can we have the closed as dupe brick? –  bananakata Mar 7 '11 at 15:30
  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com:
2 The only place
3 where you can get
4 100 answers
5 for what to write
6 on this brick.
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I think it should be the actual final # of answers. –  Robert Cartaino Apr 17 '10 at 13:51
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That'd be a good meta brick. –  MPelletier Apr 17 '10 at 15:09
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Are there dynamic bricks? –  Franz Apr 19 '10 at 9:46
  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 Our humble attempt
3 to improve the way
4 developers create
5 software for the
6 rest of us.

It's a museum, especially one that is highly respected. I think humbleness helps to show respect to the museum and its cause and also to get back some respect in 10, 20 or 50 years.

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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'll try:

  123456789012345678
1 To: Skynet
2 You are welcome.
3
4 stackoverflow.com
5
6 
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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 
3 How do I move the
4  turtle in LOGO? 
5 
6 
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this is GENIUS! –  Jeff Atwood Apr 17 '10 at 3:00
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How do I move the brick in MUSEUM? –  Earlz Apr 17 '10 at 3:46
10  
Seems a bit narcissistic to me. –  raven Apr 17 '10 at 20:04
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@raven - As opposed to buying a $5000 brick to commemorate yourself, which is totally humble. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Apr 23 '10 at 18:35
  123456789012345678
1
2
3     use jQuery
4
5
6
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  123456789012345678
0 +1 Why click on
1 stackoverflow.com
2    not working ?
3 
4 +30 Because we are
5   on a brick
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  123456789012345678
0 +1 Why
1 stackneverflow.com
2 not working ?
3 
4 +3 Try to replace
5 'never' with 'over'
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This just came to mind:

 123456789012345678
1  Our collective
2 attempt at being
3      funny
4   ended up in
5    a museum.
6 stackoverflow.com
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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com 
2 301 Moved
3 Location: http://
4   meta.
5     stackoverflow
6       .com
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  123456789012345678
1 What should I put 
2 on this brick?  
3 Plz-send-teh-codez
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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 Programming Q&A?
2 StackOverflow.com
3 has both.
4 -- Answered 2009
5 community briki
6 Jeff Atwood
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I confess. I only posted this to get the community briki joke in. –  Oddthinking Apr 17 '10 at 3:42
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well, I LOL'ed so mission accomplished. COMMUNITY BRIKI! –  Jeff Atwood Apr 17 '10 at 3:49
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I confess. I only upvoted this because the community briki joke was in. –  Pops May 4 '10 at 18:05
  123456789012345678
1 See:
2 http://meta.
3  stackoverflow
4   .com/
5    questions/46920 
6 for brick history
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I just love this one! –  Vincent Robert Apr 17 '10 at 8:43
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I'm not too excited about this one - the link is only valid for so long. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 21 '10 at 4:23
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@George, what is going to happen to the link? Surely Jeff is doing backups... –  metacoder May 3 '10 at 1:57
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@George: What if the museum collapses? What if Atlantis rises from the ocean tomorrow and marauding merpeople reduce us to the stone age again? Gotta draw the line somewhere.... –  Pops May 4 '10 at 18:03
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@George: I have come from the future to find out what these URLs that you refer to are. We find them in some archeological artifacts that we have dated to approximately this period. –  Dennis Williamson May 8 '10 at 1:17
  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com 
2
3  closed as exact
4    duplicate of
5  brick #13379001
6
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+1 You'd need two bricks, then. –  Zach Johnson Apr 17 '10 at 1:39
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Precisely. The second brick would redirect to the first, of course. –  Julian H. Lam Apr 17 '10 at 3:23
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@Julian H. Lam: Nope, the second brick has been moved to meta. –  Tamas Czinege Apr 17 '10 at 3:26
1  
First one to make my LOL! –  Lawrence Dol Apr 17 '10 at 7:06
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Isn't it sad you think of closing questions when you think of SO? –  Georg Schölly Apr 17 '10 at 7:26
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I think it's great that there is so much knowledge on the SO-family that 50% of questions can be closed as duplicates. –  Gnoupi Apr 17 '10 at 9:53
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@Gnoupi that statement tells me the real issue is question discoverability. –  ongle Apr 17 '10 at 15:43
3  
To discover, you have bring up the effort to search first, though. –  mafu Apr 18 '10 at 1:06
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@ongle: Discoverability is sometimes an issue, but at least as often it seems to be users who [don't know how|are unwilling] to search. First time is free, of course, but after that folks should take some responsibility. –  dmckee Apr 18 '10 at 2:22
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Way to hijack an answer's comment thread by discussing totally off-topic usability issues :-P –  Andy E Apr 19 '10 at 9:26
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@Andy I will require (pinky in mouth) 1 Million Dollars before I will return your comment thread. –  ongle Apr 19 '10 at 15:58
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@eSKAy: IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAND! –  Tamas Czinege Apr 22 '10 at 20:04
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@eSKay: The power level, of course –  Tamas Czinege Apr 24 '10 at 16:58
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@eSKay: youtube.com/watch?v=SiMHTK15Pik –  Tamas Czinege May 1 '10 at 20:32
 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
1 google.com
2 how to....??
3 your page
4 automatically
5 redireting to
6 stackoverflow.com
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  123456789012345678
1 ___|_____|_____|__
2 |_____|_____|_____
3 ___|_____|_____|__
4 |_____|_____|_____
5 ___|_____|_____|__
6 |_____|_____|_____

It's just another brick in the wall.

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Nice, but you know some do better. ;-) –  Arjan Apr 20 '10 at 19:28
2  
@Arjan: tell Jeff to get us kbd back, and I'll try. –  perbert Apr 20 '10 at 19:58
  123456789012345678
1 Jeff
2 and
3 Joel
4 jumped
5 the
6 Shark.
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  123456789012345678
1 ##################
2 #  >  \    /   \ #
3 #  /           / #
4 #        #       #
5 #  \  /  # \   x #
6 ##################

Lasers!

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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 stackoverflow.com
2       This
3      should
4        be
5    commnunity
6       wiki
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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 Answer  upvote 10+ 
 2 Question upvote 5+ 
 3 Look on your face 
 4 when you find your  
 5 solution PRICELESS
 6 Stackoverflow.com
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  123456789012345678
0 StackOverflow.com
1 where make 
2 questions 
3 and get answer 
4 like
5 this wall -stacked
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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 A programming
    3 community exploit.
    4 Founded by Joel
    5 Spolsky and Jeff
    6 Atwood July 2008
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  123456789012345678
0     This is a 
1     registered
2  thingabrickbrick.
3 Stackoverflow.com:
4   Question your
5  thingadongdongs.
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123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 One small 
3 question, one
3 giant answer
4 for programmers 
5 everywhere.
6 
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