I love the new Quack Overflow. My coworkers noticed the yellow friend in the corner of their screen, explained their problems and got their solution. Or, well, at least found the source of their problems and were able to ask a better question on the correct SE site.

They don't ask me about their syntax errors or undefined behaviour anymore, which on the one hand makes my job easier but on the other hand takes a little bit of my job security. But I'm willing to risk that just to get away from yet another "why doesn't this work" question.

The omniscient duck is really helpful. However, it gets a little bit loud in the office. Everyone now talks to their screens, the air is filled with semantic and syntactical errors, some weep at the epiphany, others outright scream in disbelief that a small piece of plastic knows so much. A vortex of sound circles around and I fear that my boss will ban the use of the tool and we'll be back to square one.

Therefore, can we get a private Quack Overflow duck that accepts keyboard inputs? Or add a telepathic penship mode where users write their thoughts on paper? Otherwise I might end up as our office rubber duck again if this marvellous tool gets banned :(.

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    Quack Overflow for Enterprise? – Journeyman Geek Mar 31 '18 at 10:24
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    @JourneymanGeek I think will be called Quack Overflow Teams. It's on-premise installation gets shipped via container ship of IoT-ready rubber ducks, directly connected to the quantum engine that drives Quack Overflow. Ready in 2020. – Zeta Mar 31 '18 at 10:25
  • ...*sigh*... – ashleedawg Mar 31 '18 at 11:00
  • I am worried, too, because even after I say I don't have a microphone, it still asks me to speak and then goes "QUACK!" – Umedh Singh Bundela Mar 31 '18 at 15:16
  • Welcome to April Overflow :) – Arun Vinoth Apr 1 '18 at 18:07
  • Actually, although you cannot give the duck keyboard input through the UI, you can through the API, which is at apis.quakoverflow.stackexchange.com – John Militer Apr 1 '18 at 19:52
  • @JohnMiliter There is no API documentation :(. Also, can I use SOAP with the ducky? – Zeta Apr 1 '18 at 20:40

Or add a telepathic penship mode where users write their thoughts on paper?

It works. You just need to think louder. No louder than you are now. YES. THAT LOUD! LIKE YOUR INTERNAL CAPSLOCK IS STUCK.


Try M-x ducktor in a reasonably recent Emacs.

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    Not everyone uses Emacs at our place. Most of them use ed. There's probably an ed-mode that simulates ed in Emacs, but our Doors 11 does not work well with new application installations. But all of us use the SE network to some extent… – Zeta Mar 31 '18 at 10:47
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    @Zeta In ed, use the command. ed will prompt you with ? to tell you that it's listening. Alternatively, depending on your animal preferences, try the cat command. – Gilles Mar 31 '18 at 13:25
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    You can use emacs emulation in ed. The key sequence is q return ctrl-a delete delete e m a c s return. Do not do this in ed emulation in emacs or you may be transported to an alternate universe. – Harper Mar 31 '18 at 15:02

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