I was searching Google for a question about JavaScript string byte length and opened some of the results in a bunch of tabs without looking at the URLs. One of the pages was an Experts-Exchange question that was exactly what I was looking for.

(In my defense, I had searched Stack Overflow earlier and hadn't found a good enough answer, and was getting ready to ask the question myself, but thought I'd do some more Google digging first).

I scrolled down to the bottom of the page to actually see the answers, and what do I find?

The best answer on Experts Exchange... was a link to a question on Stack Overflow!

Haha. I literally lolled for a few seconds and then came here to share this wonderful find.

See it on EE directly or via Google.

Scroll down to the very last answer posted by andrejonker. Classic!

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    You have to google the title and then click on the google link. E-Sex-C hides the answers when the refer(r)er isn't google.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:07
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    Didn't look like an answer. More a comment.
    – random
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:11
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    However the SO link is only a discussion opened, not the accepted answer, from what I see.
    – Gnoupi
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:11
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    So do the EE accounts that get caught posting S[OFU] links get banned for treason?
    – squillman
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:18

3 Answers 3


If EE can get people to pay for links to SO, then kudos to them. As they say, there's one born every minute.

The silver lining is that EE visitors will discover a better resource. Sadly, however, we cannot help them change back to their original gender.

  • So how about converts who haven't logged into our EE accounts since the inception of SOFU? :)
    – squillman
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:49
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    @squillman - are you saying you used to be squillwoman?
    – user27414
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:53
  • Long enough to get a few K points at EE, now back to normal.
    – squillman
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:59
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    the little kicker sentence you added at the end totally snuck up on me, LOL Jan 13, 2010 at 16:31
  • @Jeff Atwood: For anyone not familiar, ExpertsExchange can be read as ExpertSexChange. Aug 21, 2011 at 6:44

I'm not sure if the question is asking how to find the byte value of a string, or how many bytes it contains. Either way, the accepted answer:

No can do in JavaScript, it's a highlevel language it's not C.

is the real "WTF?" here.

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    Perhaps Experts-Exchange == Yahoo Answers for techs?
    – John Rudy
    Jan 13, 2010 at 16:40

I've seen a few of those.

Experts-Exchange may be winning the battle of top results, but we're winning the war:

ARE YOU READY FOR A WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(source: buddycremeans.com)

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    We can't lose: we have donuts on our side.
    – Welbog
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:21
  • I always assume EE is paid, so I can't look at it, so there's no game for me. Jan 13, 2010 at 15:23
  • @Daniel: EE is never paid for that. If it's in google search results, you can see it. What you have to pay for now is the ability to ask new questions and removing a bunch of the ads. Jan 13, 2010 at 15:29
  • You answer enough questions to become an "expert" and it's free. But their format blows....
    – squillman
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:29
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    @Gaspar: and waffles and ponies, and especially... lasers!
    – fretje
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:30
  • Is that Peter Petrelli on the right (left on the image) of Mad Max?
    – random
    Jan 13, 2010 at 15:34
  • @Joel Somehow, I never see the responses. A trial is offered every time I try to visualize one. Maybe they are hidden somewhere in the middle of all the ads, but if this is so, I can't find them. --> Oops! I just found the answers now! After scrolling down a lot, they are there! I don't remember having seen them before. My mistake. Jan 13, 2010 at 15:41

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