How can you tell if one of your coworkers has been secretly using Meta Stack Overflow in their free time?
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They stopped posting on Stack Overflow, and now seem to be getting even less work done.
He says "You should totally drop that and use jQuery" in completely inappropriate situations. example
Employee A: Dude, me and my wife got into this big fight last night.
Employee B: You should totally drop her and try jQuery
Every estimate is now 6 - 8 weeks, and he wants to do the work from a boat.
They have a newly-developed unicorn and/or waffle obsession.
They start insisting that it's Friday somewhere, even when it isn't.
They begin demanding that freehand circles be drawn around everything.
They write in haiku,
Expecting people's upvotes.
Whatever that means.
They write status-bydesign next to everything.
- Instead of playing an april fool's joke, they just replaced all the pictures in your office with unicorns.
- They complain your charts are useless because the circles were computer-aided.
The website on their screen is the most awkward combination of grey and maroon.
- they suddenly burst out laughing unexpectedly and cry, "waffles, OF COURSE!"
- you see them spending an inordinate amount of time in Microsoft Paint trying to perfect their freehand circles.
- they have a google image search up with a lot of waffle and pony pictures standing ready
He is wearing a meta T-shirt.
He complains about exceeding his disk quota, and when you investigate to find out why, it turns out that it's because he has 38 GB of unicorn pictures saved.
They have started saying "Eeek!" a lot.
They start replying to emails or other correspondence with:
+1 excellent idea!
But most importantly, they have already read this thread. Most likely they will ask something elusive, such as:
"If the top 10 of something have 15 answers, shouldn't it be the top 15?"
He'll give you humorous questions/answers/comments that are completely off-topic, and later excuse himself because it's not Friday yet.
They start making snide comments every time you ask a question unless that's their normal behavior. If that is their normal behavior, then check whether the comments include references to waffles, ponies, or He Who Must Not Be Named.
They come to work wearing breakfast foods on their heads. They keep pets in their cubicles that also, inexplicably, wear breakfast foods on their heads.
better than prosthetic foreheads, i suppose.
Every solution becomes just a greasemonkey script away.