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

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Oh, sacred nectar!

As coffee pours in my mug

please don't overflow...

This one time on SO
Overflowed, the answers
What rhymes with Nantucket
  • 6-6-6, satanic haiku? – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 2:30
Java beans dissolve
As steam overflows the edge
A mug of pure bliss

Brain overflowing

A hand grabbing for a mug

Feeling bright again

  • (needs to be 'overflowing') :-) – Sklivvz Nov 21 '13 at 18:36
  • @Sklivvz Right, I totally forgot about that – Stijn Nov 21 '13 at 18:39

Work? No, SO bug.


Red freehand circle.

Hey Stack Overflow!
When I tried to reach the site
It was a teapot.

I don't drink coffee;
other things overflow too.
Not my stack, I hope.

It's Not Safe For Work
The time I spend on site
iS Overflowing
I have a pr0blem
My stack addiction grows big
Rep must overflow
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    Note: pr0blem has the same number of syllables as problem, which incidentally has the same number of syllables as porblem – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:03
  • .. and the problam is? – Bart Nov 21 '13 at 17:04

Stacked on the bed

Eyes slowly overflowing

All the body's like

Coffe, plz, gimme teh coffe

bean, brown and bitter
overly caffeinated
thoughts overflowing

Summer of love is coming ♫

Downvoted, winter bash is over ♫

Overflowing close votes, strike ♫

  • I think you added a few extra syllables to each line... – Shotgun Ninja Nov 21 '13 at 22:26
  • @Shotgun, clearly this is Haiku 2.0. Now with 2 extra Syllables in every line! – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 2:26

What counts in haiku?
Wikipedia says on
Overflowing? Hmmm

  • Hmmm, I guess we forgot to do some range-checking. – Shotgun Ninja Nov 21 '13 at 22:26

I answer questions
Drinking coffee heavily
Stack, overflowing

My mug overflows
And then I do too much code
Rehab doesn't work

For the entry:

coffee-logged keyboard
excited programmer poured
the mug overflows

Not for the contest (but about stack overflows, or lack thereof):

an infinite loop?
tail-call optimization?
no stack overflow!

  • "Mug overflow" is only four syllables. – Esoteric Screen Name Nov 21 '13 at 23:37
  • @EsotericScreenName Eep! there was another one when I started, I swear! – Joshua Taylor Nov 22 '13 at 2:26
Once upon a time
A big overflow occurred
And thus coffee mug.
Coffee Addiction
These overflowing urges...
A mug won't help this!
Overflowing coffee
No mugs to pour. But oh wait!
Isn't it time to code?

Hope you like it

lend me your cup,
filled with coffee,
so answers start to overflow.

The professor said,

"I need your answer Monday"

Can you do it, please?

(Not trying for the cup, just having some fun)

Coffee Overflow  
Fuelled by caffeine, code flows.   
For a coder I am!
  • 5-8-5 from my count – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 2:28
  • Did you count fuelled as two? – James Webster Nov 22 '13 at 9:59
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    Yes. Fueled is two syllables. Fu-eled. Or something like that. – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 10:00
  • I had ue as some weird dipthong :/ – James Webster Nov 22 '13 at 10:02

On meta I dwell.
From above the problems rain;
Overflowing brown


My heart palpitates

my soul leaves, to flow over

the caffeinated stacks

  • 5-7-6 by my count – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 2:29

I don't like java
But I haven't had the chance yet
To taste it in an SO goblet

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    initiates java fanboy rant – Richard Tingle Nov 21 '13 at 17:12
  • I think it already started. ;) – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Nov 21 '13 at 17:12
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    I think people aren't mad about your stab at java, more that you don't have the proper number of syllables per line (haikus are 5-7-5). – Laura Nov 21 '13 at 19:40

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