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What are your predictions for the Stack Exchange websites for the year, let's say, 2015?

I will come back to this thread on Jan 1, 2015 (if it is not deleted by then).

'til then, ciao.

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It will most likely be a CW by then. –  Ólafur Waage Nov 9 '09 at 21:52
    
Haven't you heard? The world in gonna end before that.. –  Alix Axel Feb 23 '10 at 16:32
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By 2015, this will likely have been deemed on topic for 'psychics SE' and migrated there. –  Tim Post Jan 27 '11 at 3:59

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Jon has finally overflown the Int64 rep, and is back to human status.

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So that's your plan to be #1! :) –  Jarrod Dixon Aug 23 '09 at 0:07
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Damn, they're onto me... –  Marc Gravell Aug 23 '09 at 6:26
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I think you mean overflowed? –  John Topley Feb 23 '10 at 9:50
    
No, overflown is correct. There will be an IntJS datatype by then. :) –  Tangurena Feb 23 '10 at 16:42
    
Jon is immortal, recently found BigInteger. –  Tomas Voracek Jul 5 '11 at 22:45

At 2015, Front Page of SO is filled up with closed as duplicate :-)

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I predict two new spinoffs (names will be different):

  • doctoroverflow.com: Ask questions about your medical problems, get answers from strangers on the internet INSTANTLY.
  • lawyeroverflow.com: Why pay hundreds of dollars to a lawyer for legal advice? Lots of people on the internet know every aspect of the law! (Just look at the comments to any news story about intellectual property rights.) Why not let them answer for free, and the payment will be in the form of their massive rep.
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GOVERNMENT OVERTHROW! –  Jarrod Dixon Aug 23 '09 at 0:08
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hahaha, I like your lawyer idea. Everyone is correct on the Internet! –  Troggy Nov 9 '09 at 21:51

I predict TheTXI will become a moderator of SuperUser, and eventually MSO.

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Well the first half has already come true... –  lc. Jul 15 '09 at 19:42
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OMG! NO WAI! I AM THE MOST AWESOMEST PREDICTOR MAN IN THE WORLD! –  GEOCHET Jul 15 '09 at 19:44
    
When did that happen? –  Kyle Cronin Jul 15 '09 at 19:46
    
Kyle: About 20 minutes ago :P –  TheTXI Jul 15 '09 at 19:49
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@Kyle: Right after I predicted it! –  GEOCHET Jul 15 '09 at 19:50
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hmmm... I think we'd have to check the clocks very carefully ;-p –  Marc Gravell Jul 15 '09 at 20:03
    
lol, nice –  Jarrod Dixon Aug 23 '09 at 0:06

I predict all of the sites will be infested by references to ponies.

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Assuming your first suggestion comes true, it's not that much of a stretch. –  Joel Coehoorn Jul 15 '09 at 19:38
    
@Joel: Oh, did you not get that memo? –  GEOCHET Jul 15 '09 at 19:38
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I have to conserve the pony references or they start to become dull. –  TheTXI Jul 15 '09 at 19:39
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That doesn't stop the rest of us from making pony references. –  Brad Gilbert Jul 15 '09 at 23:28
    
One of us! One of us! –  Fluttershy Dec 20 '13 at 13:51

Upon achieving a critical knowledge mass of 1.5 million questions and answers, SO will become self aware and engulf the "lesser" sites. After determining that Jon Skeet is a threat to its superiority, SOnet will eliminate him by posting a C# question that is impossible to answer yet so devilishly mesmerizing that Jon will starve to death at his computer trying to solve it. With no one standing in its way, SOnet will insert this code into the software of every military organization in the world:

if (launchMissiles = true)
{
   FireNukes();
}
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Best coding practices could avoid it xkcd.com/534 –  perbert Nov 10 '09 at 0:49

In 2015 we can fight over who answers this question with some funny comment about already being 2015, get some upvotes, earning a new Necromancer badge.

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I think this prediction is the most likely of the whole bunch. You'll look like a genius in five years (can you feel it yet?). –  mmyers Feb 23 '10 at 15:56
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Hey! I just earned a necromancer badge for this post! –  jmfsg Jul 12 '13 at 13:43

I predict people will never stop crying about 'abusive' edits instead of reporting them to moderators.

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I predict Joel fires Jeff and takes over development of SO and SE solely with Fogcreek.

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ouch.........15 –  Marc Gravell Jul 15 '09 at 19:40
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.....in Wasabi. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 15 '09 at 19:52
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That would not be good for me :( –  Jarrod Dixon Aug 23 '09 at 0:08
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Is their business arrangement set up so that's even possible? –  C. Ross Feb 23 '10 at 13:16
    
Too early. Jeff already left. –  Mechanical snail Oct 3 '12 at 4:02
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...That would be the definition of a prediction. –  GEOCHET Oct 3 '12 at 12:49

Since we all know the Aztecs installed a vacuum metastability device on their rock calendars in Guatemala set to destroy the universe on December 21, 2012, we all know these predictions will never be proven.

Enjoy your alternate set of physical constants.

Edit:

But of course, one man can save us all.

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Time will run backwards, gravity will only affect things without mass, and up will be blue. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 15 '09 at 19:45
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"Did everything just taste purple for a second?" –  gnostradamus Jul 15 '09 at 19:46
    
Psssh, I predict a pothead with magic rocks will dance and save our world. thestupidestmanonearth.com –  GEOCHET Jul 15 '09 at 19:46
    
The "one man" link is broken. It's not pointing to Jon Skeet's profile. –  Andrew Grimm Jan 9 '10 at 0:55

I predict SO will still exist, unless it doesn't.

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And if it doesn't, no one will read this. Genius! –  mmyers Jan 27 '11 at 5:56

I predict the term "stackoverflow" will be redefined in all text books..

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Everyone on the internet will have over 10K reputation, and the delete wars will be worse than the close wars from when you needed only one vote to close.

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Meh, there are already 500 10k+ users and I've only seen two delete wars so far. –  mmyers Feb 23 '10 at 15:54

In 2015, Markdown Editor will support all the html tags

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I predict the stackoverflow podcast will push the 3 hour mark.

Really didn't think I would be proved wrong so quick.

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would you care to revise this statement? –  Pops Jan 26 '11 at 20:47

I predict we see at least many more "Make people comment on down votes" suggestions on MSO.

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This one isn't realistic at all. 200 is much too loose a lower bound! –  XMLbog Jul 15 '09 at 19:47
    
@welbog: Better? –  GEOCHET Jul 15 '09 at 19:51

In 2015 all privileges will be raised by 10 times so that new users can not earn any rep and Jon will be on the frontpage daliy,

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reavers.stackexchange.com will cannibalize every other SE sites and the final battle with SO will be cancelled by Fox due to budget cuts.

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In 2015 , there will be , upvote and downvote for Post editor, single sign on to every channel without request / grant access first

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