I just noticed that the package name of the Stack Exchange app is com.stackexchange.marvin.

Who is marvin? Is he the lone developer working on the Stack Exchange app?

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    The lone(ly?) developer is Kasra! Looks like he was hired specially to write the app but not sure he's the sole developer working on that. Based on answers and comments from devs, many of them are involved. Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 11:42
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    @ShaWizDowArd The main developers on the app are Kasra, Geoff, and myself, with some additional work by Kevin.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 8:19
  • Cheers @balpha this makes a great team! :) Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 8:20

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It is Marvin, the Paranoid Android. I.e., a geeky joke. It is, after all, an Android app?


This compels me to quote my favorite Marvin lines:

Now the world has gone to bed
Darkness won't engulf my head
I can see by infra-red
How I hate the night

Now I lay me down to sleep
Try to count electric sheep
Sweet dream wishes you can keep
How I hate the night

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    Absolutely correct.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 8:42
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    I get that it rhymes but he wasn't even paranoid! He was depressed but never especially anxious.
    – Amicable
    Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 9:27
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    It was Zaphod that named Marvin a Paranoid Android; it only stuck because it rhymes, but that is not his official name. Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 14:21
  • What about Marvin the Martian ?
    – Paul
    Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 11:34
  • @user137487: Because Marvin the Martian is no android. And besides, balpha (a Stack Exchange developer) has already confirmed my answer is correct. Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 11:35
  • Oh, well. Still, I think the other Marvin would have made an ideal Stack Overflow user. Pu238 modulator has gone missing, still has to look at that ugly Earth, blocking his view of Venus, what to do?
    – Paul
    Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 11:38
  • @Martijn "a developer??? He's THE developer! :P Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 11:39
  • The dew has clearly fallen with a particularly sickening thud this morning. Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 12:48
  • @mikeTheLiar: My capacity for mental activity of all kinds is as boundless as the infinite reaches of space itself. Except of course for my capacity for happiness. -- My capacity for happiness, you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first. Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 13:28
  • @MartijnPieters we could do this all day, but I'm going to refrain. Also, goosnargh. Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 13:40
  • @mikeTheLiar: Well said. Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 13:48

Surely he is Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Marvin the Paranoid Android

Brain the size of a planet, and I'm stuck writing a smartphone application on a primitive planet…

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