I am interested in answering questions regarding C, C++, Linux, networking, etc. I know that to increase in reputation the fastest way, it's very necessary to be the first at replying to the question. How can I be alerted in the fastest way?


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It would be great if the questions list were dynamically updated every so often with JavaScript using the Comet technique, like how new status updates are shown on Facebook. It would save people from having to hit F5 every 5 seconds.

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    If there's such feature, it'll probably be an on-demand option. Esle it'll add considerable amount of redundant load to the servers too.
    – o.k.w
    Jan 28, 2010 at 2:26
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    @o.k.w: why? If it's implemented properly (for example, an ever running single C++/C#/whatever fastcgi process) that pools the database every second, it will probably run just fine on my 412mhz iPhone. If it's done poorly (one process for every user online) then it requires several servers. Jan 28, 2010 at 3:10
  • It doesn't even need to poll the database every second, every 10-15 seconds would be plenty. You could also detect when the user is idle, like Facebook does, and not run the code during that time.
    – musicfreak
    Jan 28, 2010 at 7:11
  • Bookmark the tag(s)
  • Make sure view sort is "Newest"
  • Hit F5 every now and then


is the application which I really needed. Thanks to the developer who made a simple application using Java Swing :)


Constant Vigilance.

I use the ReloadEvery add-on in Firefox to refresh the Questions page every 5 minutes.


You can also set up an RSS feed for your favourite tags: see "Searching and RSS" in the FAQ.


I had a little auto-update webservice for a while until I got my servers IP banned... ;)

(Side note: would such a service that fetches new questions on favourite tags be a good or a bad thing? It would mean a lot of requests to the SO server, but a lot more request against my server, as long as there are at least two users connected)

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