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So I saw the Stack Overflow April fool joke for "The Key" and I know it's just a joke. But I kind of want a real one similar to it just for novelty. Are there any products out there actually for sale that act just like it?

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    For Hardware Recommendations you'll need to try a different SE site, this isn't on-topic here; there's nothing to suggest that the joke is based on fact. Example duplicate question: hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/8695/9731 – Rob Apr 2 at 1:01
  • The link you have used seems to be completely unrelated. It is a link to a page with 21,092,491 Stack Overflow questions and 421,860 sub pages (the query parameter is probably ignored). Did you mean to use some other link? – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q yesterday
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Well - I'm aware that there are three-key macro keyboards (and 2-8 key variants) available via AliExpress or eBay. They are programmable - so you can get it to replicate the intended behaviour.

"3 key macro", or "OSU keypad" are suitable search parameters.

For folks of a more DIY bent there's a 3D printable version here and I distinctly remember seeing an official 3D printable one that I can't seem to find and one by one of the SE developers here which uses the excellent QMK firmware.

I have no idea what the key profile is - it's *very* nice and retro - and there are services that print custom keycaps around. I'm guessing they are SA profile from looking around - though I'm uncertain to *who* would print these.

From what I understand Stack had this specific one custom made - so I do wonder if they might be nice enough to let us in on who made it.


There was an update to the original blog post that says

UPDATE: There has been a lot of interest in purchasing a real life version of our prank. The good news is we anticipated this might happen and we’ve been working on something along these lines. Stay tuned for more!

So this might be a thing ;)

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    This is the 3D one that Ben Kelly designed. github.com/b-kelly/stack-overflow-keyboard – Catija Apr 2 at 1:17
  • The usual suspect indicates it is a thing (why go to all this trouble just for a picture?) - "...around a month ago asking if we could make a real mechanical keyboard for their prank. It was a mad rush to make it happen! I helped get Drop onboard (heh, keyboard pun), and after designing the caps and case for the board, they got it manufactured! I got the sample for it last weekend, did all the product photography on Monday, made the promo video on Wednesday, and got it shipped Thursday!" – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q yesterday
  • eh, I kinda was looking at drop to see if they made 3 key macro keyboards and to work out what sort of keys they were. Didn't have much luck, They're good folks (though apparently I have poor luck with them) and if there's an offiicial one, I might pick one up for the lulz . The usual suspect isn't in my usual orbit of people I follow on the internet so i guess I missed that. That or it was really Keyzer Soze – Journeyman Geek yesterday
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The Key is available for sale as DIY kit.

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    While the rest of it is near, I'm kinda unsure if they would be allowed to use the SO logo without permission + having a direct copy of the image from the tweet – Journeyman Geek Apr 2 at 8:21
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    @JourneymanGeek I dunno, just found this page. Looks trustworthy. Also it says in description: “This product is not affiliated with Stack Overflow (blog post).” – Rocket Nikita Apr 2 at 8:27
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    @JourneymanGeek I think this appears to be an April fool's joke in reference to Stack Overflow's April fool's joke. Though it might say "not affiliated with Stack Overflow" the product feature description is literally identical to the one in the blog post. – Tech Expert Wizard Apr 2 at 11:08
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    ...you mean... They copy pasted it? Say it isn't soooooo – Journeyman Geek Apr 2 at 11:16
  • @JourneymanGeek They don't say so, but that doesn't mean it isn't the case. – Tech Expert Wizard 2 days ago

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