So, I got home yesterday, and found a mysterious package waiting for me. I opened it up to be greeted by a very fancy Careers 2.0 box, with the phrase "go forth and be awesome" on it.

Inside this box was an Stackoverflow branded portfolio exclusive Stack Overflow padfolio. It came with a copy of my Careers 2.0 résumé, a copy of the Joel Test, and a very cool Stackoverflow pen.

I was just wanted to say thanks for this! It's awesome! Also, who else got one?

Here are some pictures: plus.google.com/photos/... (excuse the quaility, don't you just love cell phone cameras :-P)

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    Jacob Relkin got something similar just a week ago: pic.twitter.com/i02q2gtR Are they the same package? May 9, 2012 at 14:34
  • And who the hell would vote to close this as off topic? May 9, 2012 at 14:35
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    @Bolt Tempted to vote to close also just to see ;) (no, I'm not!) Sweet swag, Rocket! May 9, 2012 at 14:36
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    @bol - someone who didn't get a fancy Careers 2.0 box :P
    – Lix
    May 9, 2012 at 14:36
  • I'm just happy to get the odd upvote here or there... but free swag?...rub it in why don't you? ;)
    – Lix
    May 9, 2012 at 14:40
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn: Yep, that's the same as what I got, he just used a better camera. :-P
    – gen_Eric
    May 9, 2012 at 14:41
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    @Lix: giggle teehee
    – gen_Eric
    May 9, 2012 at 14:43
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    @Rocket You can't be a Careers 2.0 man with a crinkled legal pad!
    – jonsca
    May 9, 2012 at 14:44
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    -1 Jealous. Very cool
    – Mike B
    May 9, 2012 at 15:20
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    I just filled in my address hoping I'll get one too :). Our personal information is so cheaply bought!
    – vascowhite
    May 9, 2012 at 15:42
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    @vascogotlost: I think I've already sold my soul for some stickers and a t-shirt.
    – gen_Eric
    May 9, 2012 at 15:49
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    The conditions for abc.SE swag are pretty clear: top 2 pages/1k rep on graduation. But how can one be a careers top user? May 9, 2012 at 17:05
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    @Rocket it can't be those things, because I just got mine today! Hehe May 11, 2012 at 4:10
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    Sounds like a ploy to get your home address... Woops, there goes mine!
    – Shawn Chin
    May 11, 2012 at 10:57
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    Mine was waiting for me this afternoon. I wasn't expecting to get a bubble-wrapped black matte box in the mail. Thanks, SO! I've filled out my Careers profile and talking to a couple of recruiters, but that's about it. May 12, 2012 at 3:01

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Thank you Stack Overflow Careers Team, very cool, I am truly grateful!

@Rocket, correction though, you say:

Inside this box was a Stackoverflow branded portfolio.

when the included letter states:

"Since you're going to be going on interviews, we wanted to make sure that you're well equipped so we're sending you one of our exclusive Stack Overflow padfolios!"

Now, an "exclusive Stack Overflow padfolio" is something to brag about ;-)

Also, I'm embarressed to say I was not aware of The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code and feel I should read some books.

Here are some of the same pics:


Thanks again, for the gift and encouragement. And thank you for such amazing services!

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    I updated the question with more glorious detail :-P
    – gen_Eric
    May 14, 2012 at 17:35
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    YES! I love the strikethrough :D May 14, 2012 at 17:37

Since this post seems to be about thanking SE and generally feeling superior, here ya go:

Physics swag for top users

A tshirt with a mexican hat on it! A retractable sharpie! A Serious Writing™ pen!

Oh, and a sticker so that your forehead can also feel superior!

Seriously though, this stuff is the norm on many online collaboration sites.

I already have a Google Mapmaker and a Wikipedia Ambassador tshirt. Whenever I wear these, people ask me what mapmaker is/how I got the tshirt. And I get to rant about the relevant online community :) Been able to get a few people interested as well!

So, it's good for the site. A careers-branded portfolio is even better, since it specifically targets viable users/customers of careers (these are the guys who see your portfolio, right?). Pretty awesome idea.

And of course, we get bragging rights! Win-win{*}!!

*Except for the unlucky souls who don't get any swag

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    My dad used to go to trade shows, and would always come back with a bag of free swag.
    – gen_Eric
    May 9, 2012 at 15:27

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