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Well, the title says it all really.

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    The duplicate target of this question no longer exists. Should this question be reopened? – Robert Columbia Nov 6 '18 at 19:33

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You're participating in meta.stackoverflow.com :P

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    Definitely a good indicator. – Brad Gilbert Jun 30 '09 at 16:55

You know that this question is a duplicate.

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    Or that you know a question is duplicated across more than one SO site and then migrate and merge the two questions! – Skizz Jul 14 '09 at 11:13
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    Which is now a dead link :( – fretje Feb 22 '10 at 17:57
  • While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Robert Columbia Nov 6 '18 at 19:32

You're starting to hate your own issue-management/bug-tracking system for not having voting and comment capabilities.


You wish that the Cornify button was a permanent fixture of the website.

What? Don't look at me like that. You know damn well you pressed it hundreds of times too.

  • Oh jeah... the famous Cornify thread... – please delete me Jun 30 '09 at 13:01
  • Yeah, but I only pressed it in the hopes of getting a badge! =P – gnostradamus Jun 30 '09 at 15:53
  • +1 They should definitely bring it back!!!! (Can you hear me Jeff?) – Doctor Jones Oct 21 '10 at 8:25

You talk to someone at your university and chat about StackOverflow and when you tell him your username he goes, "Oh! You're the pony guy!"

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    Well, if you can't be famous for programming... :P – mmyers Jun 30 '09 at 14:05

You think of creating a legitimate question, which is also boring and has no chance of being answered!!!!

...just so that you can earn your Tumbleweed badge!!

  • Ask legitimate obscure questions on SO, like me... – Humphrey Bogart Feb 28 '10 at 0:53

You shout "Downvote!" to the interns attempting to explain polymorphism.
You place a golden-star sticker on favorites items throughout the house.
You take your laptop to the restroom...
You use "Skeet" as a verb meaning to answer questions: "Don't mind me, I'm skeeting on SO."

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    'Skeeting' also means something else...I'm just saying. – jjnguy Jul 10 '09 at 18:02

You're checking your SO reputation BEFORE your first cup of coffee. Or even BEFORE you get out of bed ;-) <placeholder for the obligatory xkcd link "laptops are weird" ;-)> (don't know the number by heart, and xkcd is websensed here :s)

  • omg, i've been really bad out the coffee 2nd with MSO lately... – Stu Thompson Jun 30 '09 at 12:42
  • You meant "Morning Routine" xkcd.com/490 didn't you? – Jakub Narębski Jul 10 '09 at 17:53
  • @Jakub: jep, that's the one :) – fretje Jul 17 '09 at 10:46

you're listening to somebody at a party, you like what he/she says, and you think "+1".


When your significant other not only knows that stackoverflow.com exists, but also the names "Jeff Atwood" and "Jon Skeet".


When you're reading this question.


Your reputation (not rep score) on TheDailyWTF.com is almost forgotten, yet your reputation on SO ends up being exactly the same.


You have 73,933+ reputation...I'm looking at you Jon Skeet.

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    I've got 99 problems but a Skeet ain't one of them. – TheTXI Jun 30 '09 at 12:28
  • I almost wish he would fly to the Boston Dev Days. I would love to meet the guy... – Thomas Owens Jun 30 '09 at 12:30
  • @Thomas: I suspect there are going to be a lot of disappointed people in London. I'm extremely ordinary in so many ways. – Jon Skeet Jun 30 '09 at 12:57
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    You realize how dated this answer is going to be in less than a week when you have to come back and change that to 83,933. – Michael Pryor Jun 30 '09 at 13:10
  • @MichaelPryor, Oh, it's actually 10 times that amount already. – Pacerier May 13 '14 at 9:34

You start dreaming about Stack Overflow and SOpedians. Seriously.

A few night ago I had a dream that Jeff was hosting DevDays at his home, and 'we' (a bunch of SOpedians and I) were wandering around randomly. I came accross Jeff's Lightsaber (ala Star Wars) on a mantel. Being curious, I picked it up and was checking it out. Jeff came in, saw me, and screamed "Don't touch the Lightsaber! Get out, Stu! Out!"

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    Less cheese before bed in future... – Marc Gravell Jun 30 '09 at 12:48

If you're searching the upvote/downvote button in a Lotus Notes Discussion Database :(


You feel strangely jealous of Jon Skeet and his sky-high reputation, even though you've never met the man and he seems perfectly normal and nice.


When you have to check your profile on one of the sites to confirm your own age...

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