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, via Google or the Google cache version.

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 Jan 13 '10 at 15:07
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    Didn't look like an answer. More a comment. – random Jan 13 '10 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 '10 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 '10 at 15:18
  • Thanks for the edit. I had forgotten about their Google referer only rule. – Eric Ryan Harrison Jan 15 '10 at 12:21
  • We do not allow IP address based hosts, see more at: meta.stackexchange.com/q/131639 (this message will be automatically removed when the link is fixed) – Community May 14 '12 at 5:24

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 '10 at 15:49
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    @squillman - are you saying you used to be squillwoman? – user27414 Jan 13 '10 at 15:53
  • Long enough to get a few K points at EE, now back to normal. – squillman Jan 13 '10 at 15:59
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    the little kicker sentence you added at the end totally snuck up on me, LOL – Jeff Atwood Jan 13 '10 at 16:31
  • @Jeff Atwood: For anyone not familiar, ExpertsExchange can be read as ExpertSexChange. – Mechanical snail Aug 21 '11 at 6:44
  • why u people waste time on stackoverflow ???? – Sunny Sam Dec 4 '11 at 17:33

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 '10 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 '10 at 15:21
  • I always assume EE is paid, so I can't look at it, so there's no game for me. – Daniel Daranas Jan 13 '10 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. – Joel Coehoorn Jan 13 '10 at 15:29
  • You answer enough questions to become an "expert" and it's free. But their format blows.... – squillman Jan 13 '10 at 15:29
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    @Gaspar: and waffles and ponies, and especially... lasers! – fretje Jan 13 '10 at 15:30
  • Is that Peter Petrelli on the right (left on the image) of Mad Max? – random Jan 13 '10 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. – Daniel Daranas Jan 13 '10 at 15:41

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