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It seems that after 11 years, Geoff Dalgas - "Valued Associate #00003" - has decided to hang up his hat as a developer at Stack Exchange.

That deserves... Some recognition and gratitude!

Let's talk about Geoff, baby

Eleven years. Eleven (11) years! Twelve, if you count all the work he was doing with Jeff and Jarrod before becoming an "official" employee. User #2 - here from day -1, from a tiny team without so much as an office to the juggernaut we see today... That's a heck of a run. And ol' Geoff has had a heck of an impact here. Look to your left. Now look to your right. Now look back at your computer, where this site is displayed. Chances are, Geoff's work is responsible in part for everything you see in that browser window. From handling physical hardware in the first data center, to crafting the review system that allows each post on these sites to be vetted by cyborgs before slapping humans in their soft fleshy eyeballs... From creating new sites from elemental SQL to infusing all who work with him with a renewed sense of wonder and excitement for the boundless possibilities that lie ahead... from enhancing the editing system to beefing up the commercial versions of this software which are sold for the vast amounts of cash which pay for everything else... The depth and range of Geoff's work here has been astounding.

Geoff embodies those aspects which I consider the soul of Stack Overflow: boundless curiosity, technical acumen, an irrepressible willingness to help, playful good humor, guiding practicality, and governing humility. He is quick to offer assistance, and quick to seek feedback. He persistently eschewed empty self-promotion, preferring to demonstrate by example both what was possible and what was desirable in both words and deeds.

From his fortress in the great Pacific Northwest, Geoff has reached out and improved all of our lives, with such grace and care that most of us barely even knew it. And yet, we would all be far worse off were it not for his efforts.

The bat-signal beckons

Now Geoff is leaving. But this is not a time for sadness, nor maudlin remembrance. Where Geoff goes, it must be certain that he is needed - so let us put aside selfish thoughts and rejoice in that knowledge.

Join me then, won't you, in bidding Geoff fond farewell, and thanking him heartily for his efforts over these past many years!

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    You had me at "Hello" Geoff. – Jin Aug 14 at 21:51
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    Thanks, Geoff. Theff. – OrangeDog Aug 15 at 11:44
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    If only I could +500... T_T – fasterthanlight Aug 15 at 18:32
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    @fasterthanlight you can give a +100 bounty. – user1271772 Aug 16 at 3:29
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    Where is the "Thank you" button when we need 'em? ;-) – RobertS - Reinstate Monica Aug 16 at 18:45
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    Gosh, Geoff was originally a Visual Basic programmer, Respect. – user59748 Aug 17 at 16:44
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    Is it just my non-account ... but the link to twitter in the question is broken? – GhostCat Aug 18 at 9:24
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    @user1271772 You can't award bounties to questions, only to answers. – Tinkeringbell Aug 18 at 10:54
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    Sad that it took an ex-employee to post this. Recognition and gratitude indeed! – Asteroids With Wings Aug 19 at 11:40
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    He is the OG "Geoff Dalgas". Thank you for creating this community! – viveknaskar Aug 21 at 13:41
  • Good luck and continued success. – Chris Catignani Sep 3 at 13:54
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Dangit Shog9! I was doing ok holding it together until I read this - now someone is chopping onions everywhere I go!

I wanted to take a moment and say that it really has been my honor and privilege to be part of the mission to bring Stack to life but I'm really just a small part in the great community that has formed around the bits that are flowing on your screen. Every feature request, all the good ideas, and some of the bad have all come together to make Stack what it is today. There is also an awesome team that works tirelessly behind the scenes every single day trying to make good things happen. All of the work they do is for the love of the mission - to help others learn something new, share a nugget of knowledge, or bask in the amazing talents of others. I have learned so much from all of you and will always be a Stacker no matter what happens. Know that I leave Stack in awesome hands with a team who really has their act together. The work they do won't always be perfect, but with your help it's going to get just a bit better every single day. I'll be cheering from the sidelines as one of Stacks biggest fans!

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    I would be very happy to see you more active around here, and on any SE site. Cheers! – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Aug 15 at 19:23
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    Thank you man, thank you for everything which made this site a good one. – Bino Kochumol Varghese Aug 16 at 6:20
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    Apparently I'm supposed to check if you're ok with us featuring this. I hope so, since I feel its pretty much the least we can do for someone who's contributed so much to the community. I'm a little grumpy over the peer who is making a fuss over this, but they kinda have the right of it in terms of what the rules say. So, could I have your permission to feature this? – Journeyman Geek Aug 16 at 13:59
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    Apparent permission granted. :) – Geoff Dalgas Aug 16 at 14:03
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    Taking a break, or jumping right back in elsewhere? Anyway, good luck and all the best Geoff; hard to believe it's been all these years now. – Kev Aug 16 at 18:34
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    I love that your top tag is [Status-Completed]. Thanks for all the good stuff you got done. – Brian Rogers Aug 18 at 20:30
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    Best wishes, Geoff! Nice to see the dev team getting some love on meta. – Pops Aug 19 at 17:35
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Thank you Geoff, for everything.

I can't even dream to surpass Shog's words, so I won't try. I'll just say that I admire your work, both as a programmer and as an ordinary user who sees the end result, and am happy for you for taking a new path.

And as for Stack Exchange, I really hope for its sake that you gave good lessons​ to whoever arrived to replace you. That person has got big shoes to fill. :-)

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    Whatever he does, we know that he will not be camping! Right Dalgas? – Sklivvz Aug 15 at 18:28
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    I'll be back soon, Shadow :) – Ollie Aug 17 at 13:18
  • @Ollie beware the monkeys! :-D – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Aug 17 at 13:21
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(Shog9 has barely left any room for more praises.)

I've only just come across this post and have already got to know a good deal on how great the work was of our #1 (Valued Associate #3 actually, but whatever).

I have only been a member of the Stack Exchange community (Mathematics) for around seven months now, but I should owe all that I learnt back there, over this period of time, to all the developers who brought the Stack Network to life.

Thank you, Geoff!

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    We all do, we all owe him! – Baba Yaga Aug 16 at 16:41
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Thank you very much for your work, Geoff!

You were one of those who provided such a great place for seeking and finding help for thousands (if not millions) of us.

Hope you stay along to contribute some ideas as well as experience of yours in the future, to make Stack Exchange even better.

Have a big party. You deserve it. 🎉🥂

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Big thanks to shog9 and Geoff. Especially from the perspective of a user who came in "much" later: it is always refreshing, and positive to learn about the long history of this community.

And about the positive people who made this happen, and who did their part to shape an awesome experience.

Beyond that, it is really helpful to hear

The work they do won't always be perfect, but with your help it's going to get just a bit better every single day.

... as that helps bringing back trust. When shog9 (and countless others) trust Geoff, then Geoff trusts the team, then that boosts my trust in that team quite a bit.

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Thank you, Geoff Dalgas.

Geoff, I am raising a cup of tea to you, as it's a little early for a glass of champagne even for me. Please, y'all, let's have a ten-minute round of ringing applause for Geoff Dalgas!

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Thanks, Geoff. I did not know him before, but now that I have read about him, I believe he deserves more than thank you, but that's all I can do currently.

So once again, thank you! And I'm happy to join you in this, Shog9. :-)

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  • Why the downvotes? – Baba Yaga Aug 24 at 18:57
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    I don't get it either. I got those from reputable Senior Stack Overflow members with multiple thousand rep. I get why it needs to be edited. But, I don't see why they have to down vote it. Anyway what i wrote is just expression of what I felt. They may down vote the post, but it is not gonna make any difference on gratitude i have in my heart. – waanofii.tech Aug 25 at 16:49
  • Ah, I see you are a man/woman of culture as well – Baba Yaga Aug 25 at 16:52
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    The other reason i could think of is some times people see down voted thing and then BOOM they believe that it has to be down voted you know like mob mentality. – waanofii.tech Aug 25 at 16:53
  • Do you mind seeing my only post and point out one offensive or wrong thing, it has -15 score – Baba Yaga Aug 25 at 16:54
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    @BabaYaga yeah I did. and it's amazing the answer have a lot of up vote while the question is running down. But don't evaluate yourself with the votes. Sometimes votes show the attitude the person asking the question and sometimes they show the attitude of the person voting. So just ignore and keep on expressing your thoughts. – waanofii.tech Aug 25 at 16:59
  • I am in bad terms with some users, anyway we can get together in this. I am currently chat suspended, my suspension ends in about 12hr. Looking forward to have a good exchange of thoughts – Baba Yaga Aug 25 at 17:02
  • @Ollie they have voted to delete my written expressed gratitude. you can see the list here meta.stackexchange.com/posts/353154/revisions and, Of-course votes are anonymous. – waanofii.tech Aug 26 at 16:20
  • I have been a member of MSE for seven years. I upvoted Shog9's post. I appreciate that Geoff is a cornerstone of SO, and yet, I swear, this is the first time I have ever heard of him or seen his avatar. I did not post saying "thank you" because 1. I never heard of him until Shog's post. 2. Shog's post does a better job of thanking Geoff for his service 3. There are already several posts thanking Geoff. 4. I don't need easy rep :) – Mari-Lou A Aug 27 at 9:50
  • A possible explanation for the downvotes could be: All or some of the above. – Mari-Lou A Aug 27 at 9:53
  • @Mari-LouA I totally agree with you on the first comment. People are grateful for the things they have never seen or things they have never experienced the result of, like it happens in most of religion no offense. At least I am being benefited from this platform which happens to be sweat and hard work of Geoff and other SO founders as well as developers. If people are grateful for things that are doing nothing, would it hurt anybody if i took a moment to say Thank you to the people who did real a good job? Nope! – waanofii.tech Aug 28 at 9:17
  • So why bother voting? Are you suggesting that it's somehow better and more productive to post another "thank you" piece? Yours is the sixth. In any case, I didn't DV, I tried to explain why your post has not been received as positively as you expected. – Mari-Lou A Aug 28 at 9:22

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