A comment on the blog entry Stack Overflow Private Beta Begins (2008) says the password for Stack Overflow is "nostalgic". I'm curious (for history's sake), what was the password?

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    I don't know what it was, but sources say you can use flux+capacitor if you intend to go back in time to participate. The engine is extremely considerate, even to time travelers. I'm going to open this again, as I feel that questions about SO's origins, however meta they may be, are on topic here if not a duplicate of another. It's not like we don't have a few relics from our past enshrined here, and this is in fact an artifact we don't have.
    – user50049
    Dec 2, 2012 at 17:07
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    @Tim Post: BELONGS ON USERVOICE Dec 2, 2012 at 17:48

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Please read this first. Seriously:


The beta site is at:


Login is your email address, and the password is "falkensmaze" without the quotes.

(note that these credentials aren't an actual account on Stack Overflow; they only exist to prevent anonymous users from seeing the site during the beta)


The password is a reference to the movie WarGames... For a long time, another reference to that movie was a fixture of Stack Overflow, but has since departed.

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    Gah! I still have this in 1Password and, when I saw it recently, I honestly thought I might be in possession of an original account in mint condition. Imagine what that could be worth on eBay...
    – D.G.
    Jan 30, 2015 at 18:14

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