At least on April 1st, and at least on programming-related sites, rubber duck should feature somewhere around the "discard" question.


We owe her.

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    Huh? I don't get it. – Ben Lee Jul 17 '13 at 20:31
  • Why not ponies? – hjpotter92 Jul 17 '13 at 20:32
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    I'm relating to the concept of rubber ducky problem-solving. Maybe it's not as well known as I thought, let me find you an explanation :) – Alois Mahdal Jul 17 '13 at 20:33
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    Rubber Ducks - Ducks are birds - birds fly - airplanes fly - so do dragons - dragons have scales - scales are played on musical instruments - instruments are also used in surgery - surgery is done by doctors - doctors wear scrubs - scrub is another word for erase - erase is to discard. Simples! – JonW Jul 17 '13 at 20:33
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    @BenLee I believe they are referring to the common phenomenom in programming which occurs when you explain your problem to someone else and realize what your issue is purely because you had to simplify the problem to describe it. In this case, taking the time to write a question acts as describing your question to someone else, and you may think of the answer as you right the question. – Josh Mein Jul 17 '13 at 20:33
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    Oh. I'm well aware of rubber duck problem solving. I just didn't connect that to putting a rubber duck next to the discard button. – Ben Lee Jul 17 '13 at 20:34
  • @hjpotter92 Did pony ever asnwer a question for you? Yes, they giggle and glow in dark and other fun stuff, but AFAIK they don't solve programming-related questions... – Alois Mahdal Jul 17 '13 at 20:35
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    @BenLee Ecxactly. It happened to me countless times that in the elaboration of "good question" I ended up with no question at all. That's when I want to say "thank you, ducky" and click the "discard" button – Alois Mahdal Jul 17 '13 at 20:37
  • I guess I just don't connect rubber ducking to discarding at all. When I start to type a question and come to the solution while trying to compose it, I never click discard--I just close the browser window. – Ben Lee Jul 17 '13 at 20:39
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    @BenLee Ah, I see. So you have rubber ducky for "close window" button? – Alois Mahdal Jul 17 '13 at 20:41
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    @BenLee - You. You... You just close the browser window??? Always click discard! Think about the poor lonely bits you leave behind you! – Oded Jul 17 '13 at 20:41
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    @Pekka웃 - low standards for April 1st, don't you think? – Oded Jul 17 '13 at 20:42
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    @Oded well, it can't be the only joke, of course. But it is kinda nice. I hope you guys will be the "pay for an answer" thing next year? That would be so cool – Pekka Jul 17 '13 at 20:44
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    @Pekka웃 - I asked the expert. She said she works pro-bono. – Oded Jul 17 '13 at 20:45
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is a long time before April 1st. – ben is uǝq backwards Jul 17 '13 at 21:59

This is done:

A rubber duck asking, "Can I help?"

See also: Stack Exchange has been taken over by a rubber duck!

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