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It's the holidays, what could be more fun than kicking back with your programming relatives, a few drinks and the Stack Overflow podcast? Don't answer that, instead suggest rules for the Stack Overflow drinking game!

One rule per answer, the top votes will make the game. I'll kick it off with this one:

Drink every time Jeff or Joel is interrupted by the other person.

Update: putting this question into wiki mode as requested in the comments.

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locked by Robert Harvey Aug 3 '11 at 21:50

    
Not programming related – Gavin Miller Nov 21 '08 at 17:17
    
It sucks that we can edit a question and change the text, but can't force it wiki. – Bill K Nov 21 '08 at 17:19
    
@Bill K: agreed. – Shog9 Nov 21 '08 at 17:20
    
Drink when somebody says "the". Enjoy your ambulance ride. – Won't Nov 21 '08 at 17:21
    
@jblocksom: Thanks! – Shog9 Nov 21 '08 at 17:22
    
Removed Downvote because of wiki, but I still think its completely unrelated to programming "Where do you like to hike after posting on Stack Overflow?" From faq: What kind of questions can I ask here? Programming questions, of course! – Fry Nov 21 '08 at 17:33
    
@Fry: yeah, it's completely OT. But it seems like we're due at least one a day, and i'd rather see a drinking question than yet another "what's your favorite X" post. – Shog9 Nov 21 '08 at 17:38
    
This would require me to listen to the podcast in the first place. :o – Jonathan S. Nov 21 '08 at 17:38
    
Bill K: it becomes wiki after 4 different people edit the Q. – Sunny Nov 21 '08 at 17:46
    
Oh come on, it might be a bit meta and self-referential but closing it? Why hasn't someone closed stackoverflow.com/questions/305223/jon-skeet-facts ? – Unsliced Nov 21 '08 at 17:55
    
So if this wasn't in the wiki, would someone else still have been able to close it? – jblocksom Nov 21 '08 at 19:15
    
@jblocksom: yeah, closing is independent of the wiki state of a post. Generally though, editors are a bit more permissive with CW posts. – Shog9 Nov 21 '08 at 22:18
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Drink when somebody says 'This needs to be community wiki' – johnc Feb 19 '09 at 4:38
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This is a hilarious question, with good community response and some clever answers. The secret is, you are only allowed to post this kind of stuff if your posts become a success. If they don't, then oh well. I say keep it open. – mmcdole Feb 19 '09 at 20:17
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This is an epicly fun question. We have jon-skeet facts, we have some others. If it seems immensely successful I think our programmer-pedantic ways should take a back seat and let it stand. Besides, it is at least SO related ;) – mmcdole Feb 19 '09 at 22:18

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Whenever, after a 10 minute comment by Joel, Jeff leaves 3 seconds of dead air and then says, "Yeah."

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God, if anything summed up the podcast more than this comment I don't know what it is. Jeff and Joel make an entertaining podcast, so don't get me wrong. But this is dead on. – mmcdole Feb 19 '09 at 7:49
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I find Jeff's explanation for this (in Podcast #42) rather meaningless. "Trying to avoid dead air" for a podcast that you can edit it out of in post-production.. c'mon Jeff.. just pay attention to Joel once in awhile and respond with something meaningful. – romandas Feb 19 '09 at 22:02
    
@romandas, yeah, that's pretty crazy. Why would someone even use that as a justification? – BobbyShaftoe Feb 20 '09 at 0:14
    
In fairness, Jeff's gotten much better about this over time. Don't get me wrong either, I love the podcast. Jeff & Joel are very bright and entertaining guys. – mtruesdell Feb 20 '09 at 14:18
    
How about making an outline of topics beforehand so when one finishes up you're ready to move on to the next one? – dwj Feb 27 '09 at 1:25
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I like Jeff more than I like Joel. May be because I can connect to his thoughts, or just may be because I like his voice. :) – Niyaz Feb 27 '09 at 20:02

Whenever Joel mentions Excel and VBA.

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Did you hear the podcast? Joel says "I never mention Excel and VBA" after spending half the podcast talking about it. – Paul Tomblin Feb 20 '09 at 1:05
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OH GODDDD this is so funny!!! – Andrei Rinea Feb 25 '09 at 23:05

Whenever Atwood says "actually"... Drink!

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actually, I don't say this that much. – Jeff Atwood Feb 8 '09 at 4:45
    
Neah... I'd get drunk in no time.. – Andrei Rinea Feb 25 '09 at 23:06

Whenever Joel forgets about the dedicated phone number of the podcast.

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Whenever Joel talks while a user question is playing.

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LOL, he always talks during a user question. Hilarious. – mmcdole Feb 19 '09 at 7:47
    
I think that's why they only want audio questions as its much easier to just blather over someone else's question while playing than while reading it. Eh, it's possible. :) – BobbyShaftoe Feb 20 '09 at 0:15

Whenever Joel causes his computer to produce an alert sound, causing a brief confused pause.

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This just happened in 42! – Ross Feb 22 '09 at 16:45

Whenever Joel describes an original, brilliant, sophisticated way to improve Stack Overflow, and Jeff explains how that feature has been implemented and usable on the site for several days.

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Whenever FogCreek's interview process (or intern program) is mentioned.

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When Joel or Jeff says the podcast is only listened to by 4 or less people.

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And chug if Joel says his Dad still listens! – mtruesdell Feb 20 '09 at 14:13
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They're up to 4 now? – spoulson Feb 20 '09 at 16:08
    
@spoulson you and I are 2. hobarid is 3, and his Dad is 4. They might break 5 if Joel has a brother or sister. – David Basarab Feb 20 '09 at 17:36

Whenever you hear the phrase "6 to 8 weeks"...Drink!

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When Jeff uses the word "right" at the end of a sentence, right?

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This one really drives me nuts. "I mean, so, basically, it's all relative, right? I mean, there's no point in testing if quality is something that undecidable, like, like... traveling salesman, right?" – Chris Conway Feb 19 '09 at 5:14
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Right . – Niyaz Feb 28 '09 at 7:27

When Jeff misuses the word literally :)

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yeah a lot of people use the word "literally" in a figurative sense – DSO Feb 19 '09 at 3:04
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hehe its a pet hate of mine, all in good jest though. I'm not trying to be mean :) Pobodies nerfect – keith Feb 19 '09 at 3:35
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I saw a newspaper article recently about a gun enthusiast. His wife said he "literally eats, sleeps, and breathes guns". – mmyers Feb 19 '09 at 15:17
    
Yet no one has a problem with the use of "really" in a similar manner. – toast Feb 19 '09 at 16:30
    
toast: interesting point. But no one says, "I'm so hungry I could really eat a horse." They say, "I'm really hungry," where really means genuinely or truly. – mtruesdell Feb 19 '09 at 17:32
    
i have the same problem with "virtually". – vitule Feb 25 '09 at 18:16
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You mean he literally misuses the word literally, on literally every podcast? – Brad Gilbert Feb 2 '10 at 15:23

Whenever Jeff chuckles, realizing he's about to say something that might piss people off.

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good one! you can already tell the next sentence will be about PHP or someone caring about the quality of their code... – vitule Apr 2 '09 at 13:35

Whenever Jeff disses PHP.

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I think you mean Jeff - he's the big PHP hater, not Joel – Kyle Cronin Feb 19 '09 at 17:48
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And yet he likes VB. – Kristopher Johnson Feb 26 '09 at 17:34
    
@Kristopher Johnson good shot – Jake McGraw Mar 20 '09 at 17:53

Whenever Rock Band is mentioned.

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Whenever you hear "smart" and "get the things done".

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Whenever Jeff says "Jon Skeet".

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Whenever Joel and Jeff argue about the importance of knowing how to program in C

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Whenever Jeff laughs at his own comments. A double drink if he laughs mid-sentence.

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LOL @ mid-sentence double up – Greg B May 28 '09 at 14:55

When, during the next Stack Overflow podcast, Jeff Atwood criticizes this question as a diversion to the site and a poor practice during programming.

Then Joel reminds him that drinking is fun. :)

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I never meta answer as good as this one. – Paul Tomblin Feb 20 '09 at 1:04

Whenever Joel says they're going long, I'll have to edit this.

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Just every time you hear 'Fog Creek' - bonus drink when it's about their new office. *(:=

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When Joel says "but.. but"

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Whenever Joel and Jeff trash TDD but have zero experience in it.

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But they are right! – mike nelson May 16 '09 at 9:19

Whenever Joel says something Jeff thinks is stupid or boring but doesn't want to offend Joel, Jeff says "Cool. That's really cool."

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Whenever Jeff prefixes some term with "quote-unquote". I can picture him doing the air quotes thing with his hands.

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Would you say "Quote unquote testing" or perhaps more correctly "Quote testing unquote"? Do people say that? – mike nelson May 16 '09 at 9:09

Whenever there's a reference to the reputation system.

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Whenever Jeff says "postmortem," talks about C, talks about Steve Yegge, or especially when Jeff uses the word "pathology." As well, when Joel talks about psychology (yes, most of us have taken Psych 101). That's pretty much it. :)

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Pathology! Ouch! – Chris Conway Feb 19 '09 at 3:03

Whenever Jeff makes some huge error about computer science, but excuses it by saying he 'doesn't know math'

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Whenever Joel says Jeff needs to learn C.

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When Jeff mispronounces something.

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Is it really Sequel Server? I sound it out: S. Q. L. Meh. – Ross Feb 22 '09 at 16:46
    
that's not what I am talking about. – tim Feb 23 '09 at 3:20
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Oh this rule would be a ... debacle. lol – Tyndall Feb 27 '09 at 23:10

Whenever an algorithmic complexity class is incorrectly defined.

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