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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 either/both mention the vast communities they bring to the table.

I love 'em both, and read 'em both, but I feel so used after those comments :p

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Whenever Jeff says "on some level...".

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Whenever Jeff does that fake forced laugh.

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Whenever Jeff or Joel say "basically"

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Whenever either says "RAID".

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Whenever Joel says the name of a caller right before playing the recording of the caller saying the exact same thing.

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Joel pronounces "wiki" as "wee-key"

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Actually, that's how the Hawaiian work (meaning "fast") is pronounced, according to the Wikipedia article on "Wiki." So yeah, Wee-kee-pee-dee-uh. Even though saying that makes me feel like the Swedish Chef from the Muppets. – Nathan Long Apr 20 '09 at 21:37
    
How do you pronounce it? I pronounce it just the same as Joel. – Marcelo Aug 3 '11 at 22:25

Whenever Joel says "Now I'm going to get hate mail from the $PROGRAMMING_LANGUAGE users for the next week."

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Whenever they say Stack Overflow.

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That's like picking "The Ship" when playing "The Love Boat Drinking Game". – romandas Feb 19 '09 at 22:05
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Clearly you love to drink :) – amarillion Feb 28 '09 at 18:41

Another one: Whenever Joel and Jeff (mostly Joel, though) talk about how math is taught wrong, how people shouldn't care about algebra and calculus but should just go straight to Linear Algebra, Topology, Queuing Theory, etc. However, be sure not to learn anything in depth as that would be hard (like C). The reason this is so is because most of the math is useless and apparently nobody ever made a money using Linear Algebra (wow). ::shrugs::

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I thought the same. A fair chunk of 3D rendering algorithms use linear algebra. Business apps? Not so much. – spoulson Feb 20 '09 at 16:28

Whenever they start sounding like Beavis and Butthead.

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That one made me laugh! – Pascal Paradis Mar 12 '09 at 22:56

Drink when Joel mentions that he worked at Microsoft.

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Whenever Jeff says, "I'm not saying that I'm" and then cites some impossibly high standard of programming genius. He's not saying he is that genius, mind you, but he seems to want to raise the possibility . . .

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Whenever Joel mentions that he went to Yale.

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Whenever they mention the SOLID principles.

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Whenever one interrupts the other :)

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When one of them snorts!

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Trail of breadcrumbs...

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Whenever they talk about chairs and/or C pointers.

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Whenever Joel or Jeff mention specific Stack Overflow users; this should net at least one drink / podcast.

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Drink when Jeff says "on some level".

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Whenever they talk about critical user mass.

Whenever Joel talks about a project's velocity.

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