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What are your predictions for the Stack Exchange websites for the year, let's say, 2015?

I will come back to this thread on Jan 1, 2015 (if it is not deleted by then).

'til then, ciao.

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    It will most likely be a CW by then. Nov 9, 2009 at 21:52
  • Haven't you heard? The world in gonna end before that..
    – Alix Axel
    Feb 23, 2010 at 16:32
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    By 2015, this will likely have been deemed on topic for 'psychics SE' and migrated there.
    – user50049
    Jan 27, 2011 at 3:59
  • It's 2015(and near 2016) now. Dec 15, 2015 at 5:00

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Jon has finally overflown the Int64 rep, and is back to human status.

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    So that's your plan to be #1! :) Aug 23, 2009 at 0:07
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    Damn, they're onto me... Aug 23, 2009 at 6:26
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    I think you mean overflowed? Feb 23, 2010 at 9:50
  • No, overflown is correct. There will be an IntJS datatype by then. :)
    – Tangurena
    Feb 23, 2010 at 16:42
  • Jon is immortal, recently found BigInteger. Jul 5, 2011 at 22:45
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At 2015, Front Page of SO is filled up with closed as duplicate :-)

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I predict two new spinoffs (names will be different):

  • doctoroverflow.com: Ask questions about your medical problems, get answers from strangers on the internet INSTANTLY.
  • lawyeroverflow.com: Why pay hundreds of dollars to a lawyer for legal advice? Lots of people on the internet know every aspect of the law! (Just look at the comments to any news story about intellectual property rights.) Why not let them answer for free, and the payment will be in the form of their massive rep.
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    GOVERNMENT OVERTHROW! Aug 23, 2009 at 0:08
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    hahaha, I like your lawyer idea. Everyone is correct on the Internet!
    – Troggy
    Nov 9, 2009 at 21:51
  • Law.SE was created around May 2015; MedicalSciences.SE [formerly Health.SE] was created around March 2015. This prediction was fairly accurate! Jan 22, 2020 at 11:21
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I predict TheTXI will become a moderator of SuperUser, and eventually MSO.

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  • Well the first half has already come true...
    – lc.
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:42
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    OMG! NO WAI! I AM THE MOST AWESOMEST PREDICTOR MAN IN THE WORLD!
    – GEOCHET
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:44
  • When did that happen? Jul 15, 2009 at 19:46
  • Kyle: About 20 minutes ago :P
    – TheTXI
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:49
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    @Kyle: Right after I predicted it!
    – GEOCHET
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:50
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    hmmm... I think we'd have to check the clocks very carefully ;-p Jul 15, 2009 at 20:03
  • lol, nice Aug 23, 2009 at 0:06
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I predict all of the sites will be infested by references to ponies.

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  • Assuming your first suggestion comes true, it's not that much of a stretch. Jul 15, 2009 at 19:38
  • @Joel: Oh, did you not get that memo?
    – GEOCHET
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:38
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    I have to conserve the pony references or they start to become dull.
    – TheTXI
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:39
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    That doesn't stop the rest of us from making pony references. Jul 15, 2009 at 23:28
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    One of us! One of us!
    – Niro
    Dec 20, 2013 at 13:51
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Upon achieving a critical knowledge mass of 1.5 million questions and answers, SO will become self aware and engulf the "lesser" sites. After determining that Jon Skeet is a threat to its superiority, SOnet will eliminate him by posting a C# question that is impossible to answer yet so devilishly mesmerizing that Jon will starve to death at his computer trying to solve it. With no one standing in its way, SOnet will insert this code into the software of every military organization in the world:

if (launchMissiles = true)
{
   FireNukes();
}
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In 2015 we can fight over who answers this question with some funny comment about already being 2015, get some upvotes, earning a new Necromancer badge.

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    I think this prediction is the most likely of the whole bunch. You'll look like a genius in five years (can you feel it yet?).
    – mmyers
    Feb 23, 2010 at 15:56
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    Hey! I just earned a necromancer badge for this post!
    – juan
    Jul 12, 2013 at 13:43
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I predict people will never stop crying about 'abusive' edits instead of reporting them to moderators.

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I predict Joel fires Jeff and takes over development of SO and SE solely with Fogcreek.

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    ouch.........15 Jul 15, 2009 at 19:40
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    .....in Wasabi. Jul 15, 2009 at 19:52
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    That would not be good for me :( Aug 23, 2009 at 0:08
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    Is their business arrangement set up so that's even possible?
    – C. Ross
    Feb 23, 2010 at 13:16
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    Too early. Jeff already left. Oct 3, 2012 at 4:02
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    ...That would be the definition of a prediction.
    – GEOCHET
    Oct 3, 2012 at 12:49
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Since we all know the Aztecs installed a vacuum metastability device on their rock calendars in Guatemala set to destroy the universe on December 21, 2012, we all know these predictions will never be proven.

Enjoy your alternate set of physical constants.

Edit:

But of course, one man can save us all.

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    Time will run backwards, gravity will only affect things without mass, and up will be blue. Jul 15, 2009 at 19:45
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    "Did everything just taste purple for a second?" Jul 15, 2009 at 19:46
  • Psssh, I predict a pothead with magic rocks will dance and save our world. thestupidestmanonearth.com
    – GEOCHET
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:46
  • The "one man" link is broken. It's not pointing to Jon Skeet's profile. Jan 9, 2010 at 0:55
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I predict SO will still exist, unless it doesn't.

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    And if it doesn't, no one will read this. Genius!
    – mmyers
    Jan 27, 2011 at 5:56
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I predict the term "stackoverflow" will be redefined in all text books..

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Everyone on the internet will have over 10K reputation, and the delete wars will be worse than the close wars from when you needed only one vote to close.

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    Meh, there are already 500 10k+ users and I've only seen two delete wars so far.
    – mmyers
    Feb 23, 2010 at 15:54
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In 2015, Markdown Editor will support all the html tags

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I predict the stackoverflow podcast will push the 3 hour mark.

Really didn't think I would be proved wrong so quick.

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    would you care to revise this statement?
    – Pops
    Jan 26, 2011 at 20:47
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I predict we see at least many more "Make people comment on down votes" suggestions on MSO.

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  • This one isn't realistic at all. 200 is much too loose a lower bound!
    – Welbog
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:47
  • @welbog: Better?
    – GEOCHET
    Jul 15, 2009 at 19:51
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In 2015 all privileges will be raised by 10 times so that new users can not earn any rep and Jon will be on the frontpage daliy,

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reavers.stackexchange.com will cannibalize every other SE sites and the final battle with SO will be cancelled by Fox due to budget cuts.

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In 2015 , there will be , upvote and downvote for Post editor, single sign on to every channel without request / grant access first

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