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I was just inspecting what cookies are set on StackOverflow (you know, as you do) and one in particular caught my eye:

Name             Value        Domain                    Path Expires
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IAmHappyWhereIAm IGotSunshine careers.stackoverflow.com /    2016... 

What is this whimsically named and valued cookie used for and what is the story behind its name/value?

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    This naming scheme is a case for code-review. – usr Jul 30 '14 at 12:31
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    Looking through the relevant documentation, this seems to be a known bug. Some preliminary questions based on the previous bug report: (1) Is it a cloudy day? (2) Do you have a "girl"? – Parthian Shot Jul 31 '14 at 0:15
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    @usr At least they follow .NET's rule for naming interfaces... – Mark Garcia Jul 31 '14 at 4:27
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    @usr there are more : superSecretTrackingCookie and superSecretTrackingCookie2 – TJ- Jul 31 '14 at 9:30
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    Gotta catch them all, then trade them with your friends ! – Willem D'Haeseleer Jul 31 '14 at 10:04
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    Have you tried clapping your hands? – Rosinante Jul 31 '14 at 10:31
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I added this. When we introduced localization, there used to be a popup for where-to-direct-you to the site we thought you might prefer; it was part of our plan to increase exposure for our translated sites. That cookie means, don't show me that popup anymore, and it's a cookie because not everyone is logged in for me to store it in preferences.

As for where the name and value came from, IAmHappyWhereIAm seemed appropriate, and IGotSunshine was because I was listening to the song My Girl when I wrote it.

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