Stack Overflow is turning 10 soon, and we're going to be throwing some shindigs here and there to help celebrate it. While some of it will be exclusively on MSO, quite a bit of it will be asking all of our friends to join in. I don't want to spoil it, but it's mostly going to involve us giving you stuff.

What's really, really cool is, right after these festivities, we'll soon be heading into another installment of Winter Bash! So the fun days start a little sooner this year, neat! Hence, we've gotta get a better feel on what we need to stock up on in general, so I'm asking here.

We could use some inspiration.

We're good with T-shirts and stickers, but we'd like to do some special stuff for the anniversary. When's the last time you said HAPPY TENTH BIRTHDAY HERE, HAVE A CHEESY PEN! -- I know, right? And while I'll argue that an abacus could be a thought that counts, we're hoping to get a little more original.

We'd like to get a feel - would folks like wearable stuff more than, say, stuff that would look nifty on a desk or a shelf? Would you be up for consumables like, say, gourmet jelly beans (totally Vegan) or chocolates, or perhaps more utility-oriented stuff like bluetooth speakers, messenger bags, etc? (Well, I guess bags are wearable, but hopefully you get what I'm after)

We can't promise anything, but we're going to be ordering the minimum of quite a few things in preparation for having a bunch of smaller events.

I reiterate, we'll have plenty of shirts and stickers.

Don't worry about the usual stuff, we're more interested in some limited edition just to celebrate Stack Overflow turning 10, and one heck of a year in general.

Any ideas or inspiration? We're going to be sending final ideas to our printer in about a week, and ordering quantities based on demand from the events we throw, so speak up soon if there's something in particular that strikes your fancy.

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    Didn't Stack Overflow already turn 10 on July 31? Aug 31, 2018 at 17:27
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    Is cannabis legal in NY state? Cannabis is legal, right? Or, at least you can get it somewhere, I think.
    – user1228
    Aug 31, 2018 at 19:58
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    (note to busybodies: no, I'm not a pothead--I giggle like an idiot on the stuff. I'm already enough of an idiot without it, thankyouverymuchbuymeashotyoucheapbastards)
    – user1228
    Aug 31, 2018 at 19:59
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    Who is the printer referred to in the last paragraph? Can they print on curved surfaces, such as might be found on, oh, I don't know, let me think of something at random.... a rubber duck? Aug 31, 2018 at 21:22
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    I don't know, I've always wanted to own an abacus . . . Aug 31, 2018 at 21:36
  • @AndrewMorton Printex, I do believe
    – ArtOfCode
    Aug 31, 2018 at 21:39
  • What do I have to do to earn some of this swag?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 31, 2018 at 21:40
  • @ArtOfCode Ha ha. Which one of the thousand Printex companies would that be then? :) (Although if it's the one in Walthamstow, I could visit them.) Aug 31, 2018 at 21:42
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    @AndrewMorton Good question... though I'll guarantee you it's not in Walthamstow, or I'd be in possession of rather more swag :) It's a US company. One of them.
    – ArtOfCode
    Aug 31, 2018 at 22:18
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    While the question mentions Stack Overflow explicitly I assume the whole network is going to be involved in the celebrations. There is no need to close this for only being applicable to a single site. Remember to be all inclusive ....
    – rene
    Sep 1, 2018 at 11:57
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    If this'd be SE's birthday I'd vote for SE-themed waffle irons... For both the flair and the waffles :)
    – Seth
    Sep 4, 2018 at 8:24
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    The choice is obvious. As we all know, a programmer is an organism that turns caffeine into software. A coffee mug is therefore a very important programming tool, to the point where questions about coffee mugs should be perfectly on-topic on SO (as long as they aren't asking about coffee mug recommendations).
    – Lundin
    Sep 28, 2018 at 11:43
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    Tesla has flame thrower. May we have a SO super soaker? Sep 28, 2018 at 12:13
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    @Prune And it should say "Welcome to <name>! I can't answer right now. It would be helpful if you could provide more details and describe what you have attempted so far, in the form of a minimal, complete and verifiable example."
    – Lundin
    Oct 4, 2018 at 9:51
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because Stack Exchange has discontinued the swag program for the time being. Feb 1, 2020 at 6:28

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Any ideas or inspiration?


StackExchange Chicken Pad


Stack Rattleback

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Clearly this is a blue Stack Exchange StackRattlebackExchange Stack Rattleback, rather than an orange StackOverflow StackRattlebackOverflow Stack Rattleback. (Logo oddly missing.)

Mysterious paradoxical dynamic embodiment of the Yin & Yang of Searching & Finding, of Asking & Answering--of Question & Answer. Literally a Conundrum & Turnaround. And did I mention it stops turning & changes direction all by itself?

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Something I'd actually use.

A stress toy.

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    I think your Stack toy is overflowing...
    – Machavity
    Sep 28, 2018 at 3:05

Since we're talking about (fond) memories, I'd propose:

A Stack-themed digital photo frame.

I'd personally love to see the photos of my family, my cat and past SWAGs, on a SO/SE- themed photo frame - placed on my desk.

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For wearable

Stack Overflow Wrist bands would be great.

Also I would love to have a Stack Overflow laptop skin, but I think it's not a good idea as many people use a desktop at work.

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    not to mention, laptop skins would be specific to the model of laptop Sep 28, 2018 at 5:08

How to incorporate upvoting/downvoting into swag?

I am thinking a T-shirt with an Arduino device, an LED display and two buttons for up and down.

Possibly add a whiteboard with a dry-erase marker to change the question.

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Copyright (C) Super-SO-Swagicorns-United-Publishers (SSSUP!)

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    Horrible design, and only applies to SO, SU, SF, and Code Review etc. members. Oct 1, 2018 at 7:59
  • @Mari-LouA you are right, I think that coffee cups with up down vote counters are a better use for this swag-a-licious concoction. It would be weird having people click your belly all day.
    – jmbmage
    Oct 1, 2018 at 14:22
  • Craziest idea so far, by far! :D Oct 2, 2018 at 21:33

Something very useful would be a branded keyboard or mouse. Preferably wireless of course. Good input hardware makes it much easier to help.


I know it is expensive, but maybe you can reserve it for a special prize: I really need a backdrop for my video conferences. Something to put behind me that looks better than what I really have behind me while I'm on video. It could be something relatively simple, like this or more advanced like these or these.

Not only is it swag that I will use, it is swag other people will notice.


I´d love an SO powerbank and a cap!


"Get out of jail, when you're already 'out of jail'" cards

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Originally, the policy was

At the end of this timed suspension period, your reputation will be recalculated, and your account will resume as normal. We don’t hold grudges.

This has not been the policy for quite some time. I suggest that we give each user a stack of cards that entitles them to fairness and forgiveness that has long been denied. This means

  • Removing any lingering answer bans
  • Removing any lingering question bans
  • Removing any lingering IP and network bans
  • Removing any lingering election bans. Allowing all users to run in elections, regardless of whether or not they've "been in jail previously".