What should SO's motto be?

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    StackOverflow: We don't need no damn motto. – TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 17:12
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    StackOverflow: We don't need no stinkin' <strike>badges</strike> motto. – Brad Gilbert Jul 20 '09 at 19:47
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    StackOverflow: Where theres 'not-programming-related' theres 'closed'. – Tyler Carter Jul 24 '09 at 23:05
  • Stack overflow | error: stack still growing. – bastijn Jan 8 '10 at 9:08
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it used to be fun, but things changed too much since those good old days. – Shadow9 Aug 17 '17 at 7:04

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Stack Overflow:

  • Putting more palms to face than a Rick James tribute video

  • We have more important things to do, but they don't come with avatars

  • You ask, we answer. We ask, you answer

  • OMG, ponies!

  • This better be programming related

  • Because PonyOverflow.com keeps taking me back to this weirdo's profile page

  • We RTFM so you don't have to

  • Where RTFM is discouraged, but RTFFAQ is gospel

  • Is the podcast up yet?

  • You should totally drop that and try jQuery

  • Stop now if you plan on asking how to parse XML with regex

  • It's like folding@home, only it runs on bored developers

  • We were smart enough not to use a domain name that advertised sex changes

  • Yes, we do need stinkin' badges!

  • The first rule of Stack Overflow is you do not talk about Stack Overflow (you talk about Stack Overflow on Meta Stack Overflow)

Meta Stack Overflow:

  • Status declined

  • Yes, we know you hate the colors

  • Closed as exact duplicate

  • Whatever you're requesting, Sampson has probably already written a greasemonkey script

  • The first rule of meta is you do not talk about meta (you talk about Stack Overflow)

  • Its always Friday afternoon in Iceland

Server Fault:

  • We should be too busy being sysadmins, yet here we are

Super User:

  • This should be Community Wiki

  • Must have ...

  • There's a good chance your work filter has this blocked

  • Are you ready to unleash the fury!?

  • Have you tried forcing an unexpected reboot?

  • FORMAT C: and try again

  • Just wait until Alex starts looking here for new TDWTF.com material

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    You should have posted these separately - I would have voted them all up :-D – Kyle Cronin Jul 20 '09 at 17:24
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    You left out "NEVER PARSE XML WITH REGULAR EXPRESSIONS!!!!!" – Welbog Jul 20 '09 at 17:24
  • Oh this list will continue to grow. and Kyle, I could have posted them all as separate and gotten voted up for all of them, but you would go through all your votes too easily. Plus I'm at rep limit anyway today. – TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 17:26
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    I should also note that I have absolutely no idea how to be snarky towards ServerFault – TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 17:29
  • if you keep editing this, you'll end up wikifying it – Kyle Cronin Jul 20 '09 at 17:54
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    Kyle: I thought that was only if a certain number of users revised, not if it was just one person. – TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 17:56
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    Please, one motto per post so that we can vote. – user130657 Jul 20 '09 at 17:57
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    @TheTXI: nope, multiple edits by the owner will trigger wiki too, look at the second bullet point under "how does a post become a community wiki post": stackoverflow.com/questions/128434/… – Kyle Cronin Jul 20 '09 at 18:00
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    It's Like Folding@Home, Only It Runs On Bored Developers – jjnguy Jul 20 '09 at 18:02
  • Hmm...looks like if I edit it one more time it should probably flip. Overall it doesn't matter (it's not like I'm earning rep from it now anyway ). My idea box is running out of items in it now anyways. – TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 18:03
  • absolutely brilliant! – Steven A. Lowe Jul 21 '09 at 14:30
  • Speaking of Greasemonkey: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7739/… – Sampson Jul 21 '09 at 14:41
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    Server Fault: Because cowering in the corner by ourselves is lonely. – Joel Jul 24 '09 at 22:40
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    ServerFault: Down, not across. – John Fouhy Aug 19 '09 at 3:17
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    +1 for This better be programming related – Amarghosh Jan 8 '10 at 8:30

Stack Overflow:

  • The Internet's most reliable source for answers with numbers next to them
  • Like Yahoo! Answers, only good
  • Turning procrastinating programmers into a resource since 2008


  • Questionable answers to unanswerable questions
  • If Jeff thinks meta-discussion is a waste of time, why does he have the most rep?
  • The place to go in while waiting for SO to refresh
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    I like "Turning procrastinating programmers into a resource since 2008" – Daniel Dickison Jul 20 '09 at 18:02

Stack Overflow: doing others' work for points instead of doing your own for dollars.

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    +1 for truth. -- – Pekka Mar 12 '10 at 23:33

Stack Overflow: More expert, less sex change.

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    That's not necessarily a good thing – juan Mar 12 '10 at 15:33

Stack Overflow: Get back to work.


Stack Overflow: Your free time just went in the corner and shot itself.


I believe to this point, from Jeff and Joel, it has been "Expert's Exchange, without the evil."

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    I don't know. I saw something about it, but they wanted money so I turned back. – Colin Mackay Jul 20 '09 at 19:09
  • +1. Though it could maybe be "Expert's Exchange, but fun to use" – Earlz Mar 14 '10 at 6:18

Stack Overflow: Let me google that for ya.


StackOverflow.com - Because JonSkeet.com was taken.

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    And how many people are going to jonskeet.com now, just to check? – Jeff Yates Jul 20 '09 at 18:04
  • Not me, as I'm too lazy to copy it into my address bar. – akarnokd Jul 20 '09 at 18:07
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    @kd304: I hope my edit assists your laziness to an adequate degree. – Jeff Yates Jul 20 '09 at 18:14
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    Okay, I'll bite. – mmyers Jul 20 '09 at 18:18

"No boat programmers allowed"

  • Hahaha...That's an old joke. – jjnguy Jul 20 '09 at 19:34
  • .. but I like it!!! – Andrei Rînea Aug 24 '09 at 18:48

Stack Overflow: Google Me
Meta: To teach you by-design
Server Fault: Down due DNS troubles
Super User: Run as root and it will work


Stack Overflow: because we believe you have too much time on your hands...

  • That much is true. I've somehow managed 1000 rep points in a week. 80 more weeks at that rate and I'll be knocking on your door! I don't think its going to happen. Project crunch time coming up over the next month. – Colin Mackay Jul 20 '09 at 19:08
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    Colin: Even if the skeeter decided to just up and stop, the amount of inertia in his answer catalog is enough to keep propelling him forward for who knows how long. – TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 19:44
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    80 more weeks with jon skeet locked away without net access and his existing posts locked from being upvoted? – Amarghosh Jan 8 '10 at 8:44

Stack Overflow: Providing Computer Geeks with Friends since 2008.

  • btw this is not an attack on computer geeks...I myself am one. – TahoeWolverine Jul 23 '09 at 21:29

Harnessing nerd power since 2008

5 0 days without a rollback war


"Programming Related"

You know, the opposite of 'Closed as Not Programming Related' ; )


Super User: All computer related questions are welcome here!

Except consoles, videogames, iPhones, smartphones, cellphones, Androids, Blackberries, Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Wordpress, other websites, web services, mp3 players, iPads, discussions, shopping lists, recommendations, arguments, "must have" lists, Web design, programming, servers, waffles, unicorns, etc...

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    Sounds about right. – random Apr 11 '10 at 9:26

StackOverflow.com: Preventing developers from doing actual work since 2008!


StackOverflow.com: Because developers need something non-lethal to do while their code is compiling.


You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave

No, really, the first time is free!


"Shoot first, ask questions later, do some work eventually"

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    +1 assuming it's understood as "Troubleshoot first, ask questions later, do some work eventually" ;-) – facepalmd Jul 25 '09 at 20:52

Stack Overflow: Access to this much knowledge will nearly compensate for the time it absorbs.


Since Brad posted his awesome suggetsion as a comment instead of an answer...

Stack Overflow: Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!

(From The Treasure of the Sierra Madre)


Stack Overflow: Do your own damn homework.


Stack Overflow: Where Violated Access and Faulty Segmentation Collide


"Stack Overflow - Better than experts exchange"


"divide et overflow"


Continuing on the coattails and playing on the words of experts-exchange in parody, and also based on the concepts of beauty and sex sell, we can try these:

Stack Overflow: When Expert Sex Change won't give you one, we'll give it to you free! (C'mon people, we're talking about accounts here.)

Stack Overflow: True friends for when you can't keep a profile on BeautifulPeople.com for more than 27 seconds.

Stack Overflow: An alternative form of excitement for when a sex change is prohibitively expensive.


Stack Overflow: see Recursion - No, wait!


Super User: The "must-have" knowledge exchange resource.

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