Where can I go to purchase a mug or some other pretentious geeky SO swag to support/promote this fine, fine community?

If there is no SO shop can I get my own at CafePress?



This has now turned into an impromptu contest on an otherwise idle Thursday:

I have exactly 3 coffee cups that are just sort of hanging around and, err, cluttering up the place. If folks were to write a coffee haiku as answers to this question that somehow mentioned 'overflowing' - I might be inclined to send them out to the top three voted1 entries as of 16:00 UTC this Friday the 22nd. What the heck, it's close enough to December. One entry per person, void if management shuts this down.

1As determined by the net count of up-votes per post

The Prize (thanks to Andrew Barber)

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The Winners!

Grand Prize Winners (4):

These poets will receive a Stack Overflow mug, Stack Overflow T-shirt, and a small collection of stickers

Runners-up (2):

These users will receive a small collection of stickers and a Stack Overflow T-shirt. They received the only two distinct scores after the third place tie.

Honorable Mention (1)

  • dshorter (who asked this question) will receive the mug that he asked for in the first place. Sorry about hijacking your question and turning it into a bizarre haiku contest. Well, no, I'm not really sorry.

Employees (1)

Because when you spill awesomesauce on a contest like this you deserve a mug and a title!

  • couchand Entry net up-vote count of 49 wins the same grand prize as the community winners, along with the official title of Haiku Boss for the highest score in the contest!

Thank you to everyone that participated and made this fun! I'll be in touch with you shortly to get the needed details, and will ship the prizes to the winners by the end of next week.

If you didn't win, don't despair - the holidays are coming quickly, and you might have a few more opportunities!

A note on scoring: The total amount of up-votes is what was considered. If you received 20 up votes and 10 down votes, you got a score of 20.

  • If you really love this community, go and paint your cup saying I <3 Stack Overflow :P – Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan Nov 21 '13 at 16:23
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/137579/… suggests that there is no store, and likely won't be one. There was a store once, and there is still swag, but you can only get it by being awesome - not just for cash. – Ben Barden Nov 21 '13 at 16:23
  • I think there used to be a shop... But they closed it up – qwertynl Nov 21 '13 at 16:24
  • It cost more to run the shop than the shop was generating. if( cost > revenue )close(); – Travis J Nov 21 '13 at 16:34
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    I have exactly 3 coffee cups that are just sort of hanging around and, err, cluttering up the place. If folks were to write a coffee haiku as answers to this question that somehow mentioned 'overflowing' - I might be inclined to send them out to the top three voted entries as of 16:00 UTC tomorrow. What the heck, it's close enough to December. One entry per person, void if management shuts this down. – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 16:41
  • @TimPost Your cup is overflowing. You better get a bigger one and give the small one to me. ;P – animuson Nov 21 '13 at 16:44
  • @TimPost Does it have to be a coffee haiku? Or is a Stack haiku OK? – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:10
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    @Manishearth Well my colleague has done a fine job of setting an example here so .. I'll leave that up to you I suppose :P – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 17:14
  • @TimPost hahaha OK then – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:14
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    Is this the mug you're talking about? I'm never parting with mine. ;) – gnostradamus Nov 21 '13 at 17:18
  • Clarification request: What happens in case of a tie? – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 17:19
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    @Geobits if you want the mugs // and your vote score is the same // you fight to the death – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:21
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    Since I can't enter twice I'm just going to have to put this here: I love web design / My CSS is awesome / at overflowing – fredley Nov 21 '13 at 17:23
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    @TimPost How did you get your furby intoxicated? I've tried both liqour and drugs, but they just blink creepily at me. – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 17:27
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    @Geobits That is them intoxicated. – Andrew Barber Nov 21 '13 at 17:52

55 Answers 55

int stack(int countTo) {
    return stack(countTo + 1);
stack(MAX_INT + 1);
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    Ouch, and I was hoping to win too! Oh well... this is really actually quite good. – JDB still remembers Monica Nov 21 '13 at 20:32
  • Hey it's #2 so far, you might still get a mug @couchand ! – Kasra Rahjerdi Nov 21 '13 at 20:48
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    As couch is an employee, his entry won't affect which users receive mugs. That said, this is brilliant. – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 21:26
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    @TimPost your contest rules don't say anything about employees being ineligible... :) – Laura Nov 21 '13 at 23:17
  • @Laura I didn't say ineligible ;) – Tim Post Nov 22 '13 at 1:33
  • I think the correct word when referring to minimal broken code is brillant – Sklivvz Nov 22 '13 at 1:41
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    I think this needs to be made into a thing. I would buy it. – ahren Nov 22 '13 at 3:25
  • Yeah, I want the mug, but with this on it instead! – SaintWacko Nov 22 '13 at 14:55
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    Meh. Not enough jQuery. – Oded Nov 22 '13 at 15:43
  • It took me a moment to realise this is a haiku. Amazing. – Duncan Jones Nov 22 '13 at 15:50

My coffee is black
My mug is overflowing
Or is it my stack?

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    -1, haikus don't rhyme! – MikeTheLiar Nov 21 '13 at 17:26
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    @mikeTheLiar ahem – fredley Nov 21 '13 at 17:29
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    @fredley You did read his name right? ;) – Cruncher Nov 21 '13 at 20:13
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    Lots of old Japanese haiku rhyme too, since there are only 6 possible end-sounds in the language (あ "ah" ・い "ee" as in "Eeeek!" ・う "oooooh" ・え "eh?" ・お "oh!"・ん "n") – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 2:19
"Give me coffee plz"
Question now flagged for closure
The queue overflows
My backlog today it is growing.
The coffee I poured's overflowing.
My focus is blurred,
I can't find a word!
The truth is, I'd rather be bowling.

...what's a "haiku"?

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    the shog always cheats// flag this as not an answer// upvote overflow – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:09
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    "Ku", while really written as "Koe" is the Dutch word for "Cow". And "hai", while often regarded as a salutation for the illiterate, is really a Dutch version of the English "Hi". So a Haiku is a Dutch greeting for our cows, which we hold in high regard. – Bart Nov 21 '13 at 17:09
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    Limericks are never a bad idea though – James Webster Nov 21 '13 at 17:13
  • I sense that the Stack Exchange team will be taking a field trip to the bowling alley soon... – animuson Nov 21 '13 at 17:20
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    -1 for failing to incorporate "Nantucket". (I up voted anyway, but I'm not happy about it.) – Jaydles Nov 21 '13 at 17:20
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    We asked for a simple haiku, // a limerick's what we got from you. // Go on, post another, // for even your brother // would surely downvote that one, too. – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 17:25
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    Staff members are not eligible. :) – user102937 Nov 21 '13 at 18:31
  • @RobertHarvey Oh, they're eligible, they're just tallied separately so that an employee doesn't get a mug that user would have gotten. That said, you kinda need to write, you know, a haiku in order to win. – Tim Post Nov 22 '13 at 15:51

Coffee, black and strong;
OK, very nearly black -
Like the new top bar

Searching for answers
Pouring while mind is elsewere
mug overflowing
Questions? Pour quickly,
The fastest cup in the west.
Oh no, overflow!
Only three mugs left
When everybody wants one
Answers overflow

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 What am I doing?
 I already have a mug, 
 I just like Haikus.

Once upon a 0:00 UTC dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of unhandled flags,
As I moused through, sometimes tapping, suddenly there came entrapping,
pain like tendons nearly snapping, and my wrist became quite sore.
This (here I winced quietly) I ignore.

Ah, distinctly I remember it was this week in November,
And questions on Backbone, Ember littered the Stack Over-floor.
Through my pain and wristly sorrows, I pondered leaving them for tomorrow
Rest, or – oh! Spam and/or offensive flags galore.

Having cleared these, unease growing, fear despite of knowing,
I clicked, saw Close Votes, overflowing, four point seven five thousand score!
My finger on the trackpad, defiant, surrender sure I was I’dn’t,
Then, despite overloading my HTTP client, the dent made was quite poor!

And that carpal tunnel still is entrapping, entrapping my sad nerves so sore,
And when I think back to that review queue, poor souls of which are wondering what to do,
I’ll be seen there – nevermore!

Oh, a haiku?

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    There is a place where the review cap ends and before the stress begins, and there my soul grows warm and light, and there my fingers fast and light. And there the closer rests from his fight to cool in the cold office wind. – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 19:15
I love to write code
With overflowing coffee
Please give me that mug

Coffee overflow?

I'd rather have some tacos


Words in square brackets
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We then turned the obvious spam into an actual meta post, so why not a mug?

Sorry I don't understand your issue, 
    I cannot reproduce your mug without an additional clue.
I tried mug.overflow() and it works great: 
    there is coffee all over my carpet.
You should improve your question, 
    otherwise it will be closed with the following reason:

Question concerning problems with coffee you have consumed or with mug, should describe the specific problem and include valid explanation of usual consumption, frequency. Please clarify your specific problem and add additional details to highlight exactly which mug you use.


You can try this C# snippet (works fine with StackOverflowMug

public bool GetCoffee(programer user, SoMug mug)
    if (user.isThirsty == true || user.isTired == true) 
        if (mug.Exists == false) 
            Debug.WriteLine("thanks StackOverFlow to make us mouth water ;-)");
                //it works, Thanks StackOverFlow !
                return true;
            catch (MugOverflowingException ex) 
                Debug.WriteLine("Check the carpet...");
    return false;

O­ver­flow­ing ­joy:
The­ sound­ of­ brew­ing­ mo­kas.
Real­ cof­fee­ for­ me.


For kicks and giggles:

Shock! Gasp! Tragedy!
Turn your eyes from the scene!
Steam wand is not clean!
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    This beautiful prose should be framed right next to the machine. Seriously, clean the wand, it's just gross otherwise. – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 17:24
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    Uh... isn't Turn your eyes from the scene six syllables, not seven? – Shotgun Ninja Nov 21 '13 at 22:36
Roses are red
Coffee is black
Wait, how does haiku work again?

Robots are not good at poetry

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    roses are red // coffee is black // I don't like captchas // bugging me on stack – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:37
  • @Manishearth That's too good to be a robot poem. – Origami Robot Nov 21 '13 at 17:37

A coffee related haiku:

The Keurig is broke
Keeps overflowing my mug
Need a bigger one

Bonus haiku:

Cannot reproduce
Your "stack overflowing" bug
Works on my machine


Until Stack Exchange
overflows with winter hats,
I need more coffee!


i don't like haiku

funneh imaeg r teh win

here's a mug mid shake

enter image description here

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    Nonsensical posts / Will? Won't, D N G A F. / My favorite troll – Esoteric Screen Name Nov 21 '13 at 21:03

sleeping mind wake up
Though the precious brew of life
overflow mug holds


Question asked, no vote
and no answer - tumbleweed
My tears overflow



In this penetrating cold
Even the unicorns
Drink hot tea


Here in Germany, we count sillables for haikus. I'm not sure how it's done for the English language, I guess it's the same...

            li    $8, 0x42
overflow:   add   $8, $8, $8
            beqz  $0, overflow

Translated into words:

li eight for'ty-two
O'ver'flow add eight eight eight
beqz naught o'ver'flow

And yes, it's running! Try mars.


I am so down for this.

Fresh brewed coffee
My heart is overflowing
The Stack of caffeine.


A take on the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP) in Haiku

WHEN RESTful days end 
Stacks Overflow, so I BREW
Mondays I conquer 

Overflowing Jon

ST OP! Look and Listen.

AC cept or vote up Jon Skeet.

K [2] rep overflow.

The night is longest
when coffee and good answers
do not overflow!

Mind overflowing
With Thoughts Of Unicorns
I sip more coffee
(boss says "back to work")

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    With Thoughts of Unicorns seems like 6 syllables... – Shotgun Ninja Nov 21 '13 at 22:33
  • @ShotgunNinja - huh... maybe I'm not sure how to count syllables. I counted "unicorns" as having 3: "un-i-corns". Is that wrong? – JDB still remembers Monica Nov 21 '13 at 22:38
  • @JDB Unicorns is three syllables, but so is "with thoughts of". – Esoteric Screen Name Nov 21 '13 at 23:32
  • @EsotericScreenName - I confirmed with my 3 year old that I indeed have trouble counting on my fingers. Bleh - I don't care. The top voted haiku is code and the third is a limerick. – JDB still remembers Monica Nov 22 '13 at 0:17

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