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? – BoltClock's a Unicorn May 9 '12 at 14:34
  • And who the hell would vote to close this as off topic? – BoltClock's a Unicorn May 9 '12 at 14:35
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    @Bolt Tempted to vote to close also just to see ;) (no, I'm not!) Sweet swag, Rocket! – Andrew Barber May 9 '12 at 14:36
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    @bol - someone who didn't get a fancy Careers 2.0 box :P – Lix May 9 '12 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 '12 at 14:40
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn: Yep, that's the same as what I got, he just used a better camera. :-P – Rocket Hazmat May 9 '12 at 14:41
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    @Lix: giggle teehee – Rocket Hazmat May 9 '12 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 '12 at 14:44
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    -1 Jealous. Very cool – Mike B May 9 '12 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 '12 at 15:42
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    @vascogotlost: I think I've already sold my soul for some stickers and a t-shirt. – Rocket Hazmat May 9 '12 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? – CodesInChaos May 9 '12 at 17:05
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    @Rocket it can't be those things, because I just got mine today! Hehe – Andrew Barber May 11 '12 at 4:10
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    Sounds like a ploy to get your home address... Woops, there goes mine! – Shawn Chin May 11 '12 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. – Kirk Strauser May 12 '12 at 3:01

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 – Rocket Hazmat May 14 '12 at 17:35
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    YES! I love the strikethrough :D – TryTryAgain May 14 '12 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. – Rocket Hazmat May 9 '12 at 15:27

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