Questions tagged [fun]

Questions that are light-hearted but hopefully of some additional use beyond mere entertainment.

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On-hold questions should have on-hold music

Since a closed question is now listed as "on hold" for the first five days, I think the page should play hold music (autostart on load). This feature would supply the following advantages: It would ...
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Why there are so many unicorns among top-level SO users? [duplicate]

These top users have the same cartoon rainbow unicorns in their avatar: https://stackoverflow.com/users/61974/mark-byers https://stackoverflow.com/users/218196/felix-kling https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Option to disable all April fools, Easter eggs, Winter hats and similar annoying stuff

I request a single checkbox and definite option in the user settings to disable all forms of April Fools, Easter eggs, Winter hats and similar annoying stuff that only distract a user. I have no ...
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Why can't I change my name to Jon Skeet?

I had the best April Fools' joke idea. I've been brewing it for months. And it flopped. It involved changing my name and picture to Jon Skeet. (No, that was not the prank itself.) I did that last ...
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Disabling the April Fools chat box doesn't work

There are two options in the April Fools "chat with an expert" window: Not now Never I've clicked on Never many times, but it keeps popping up. How can I hide this box permanently?
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What is “chat with an expert”? [closed]

A box just comes out of nowhere which says "chat with an expert". It happened once on Stack Overflow and once on Meta. Is this an ad? Isn't Meta supposed to have no ads? Here's the HTML for that ...
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Should this “fun” question about drawing a cow in R be closed?

The question Drawing an excellent cow is pretty strange and yet fun right off the bat: I'm working in a big farm as a statistician and my master asked me to draw something to remind him his ...
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Do we really want Jon Skeet facts to be first on Google?

Recently I was searching Google for "Meta Stackoverflow" and what should appear but "Jon Skeet facts" nice and big underneath "Meta Stackoveflow". Now that question really is awesome and made me ...
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Feature: Allow joke questions on April 1 with the tag April-Fools

Subject line says it all. I figure, hide everything tagged this way on April 2, but let them return next year on April 1 again.
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Is there any game we can use in our profile?

In Stackoverflow, the user called mellamokb use Towers of Hanoi problem on his profile. Looks like he used some JavaScript or something. Looks like he built this game for himself. But I want to ask, ...
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Eeeek! I have too many hats and can't decide which one to wear! [closed]

I am loving the new Winter Bash, but I have too many hats! I can't decide which one to wear! Eeeek! What do I do? How do I choose which hat to wear!? I should mention to downvoters that Josh's Socks ...
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Summer in Saint Helena

The Winter Bash site is located at http://winterba.sh/. Only one problem: .sh is the ccTLD for the British dependency of Saint Helena. Saint Helena is in the Southern Hemisphere. It's Summer in ...
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Why are there no tinfoil hats?

Ever since the StackOverflow conspiracy was first discovered we know we have been living with all our imaginary Internet dollar points at risk. The Winter Bash would be the perfect opportunity to put ...
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The moderators have decided to have a little yuletide fun, join us will you?

PS: You only get so many Iceland Fridays in a year, so make it special people ... To start things off, a little refashioned seasonal tune: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Stack Exchange gave to ...
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Is fun allowed on MSO?

Currently on MSO 145 questions are tagged with fun tag. They are very funny and I love to read them. Many of questions are old. So currently is fun allowed on MSO? If yes, what are etiquettes to ...
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The Stackoverflow Guessing Game: get random question title and guess site it belongs to

Despite the very low fraction of actually fun questions on Stack Exchange, one can have considerable fun by browsing through arbitrary cross-site question titles. Some question titles are quite weird ...
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Change chat font from Verdana to Arial [closed]

Verdana doesn't allow Z̨͚͎͚̲͚̳̫̀̎͐̋̐͌͊͐͟͡ḁ̜͍̠̫̪̥̐ͣ͑ͣ͑ͫ̿̑͞l̶̶͕͈͍̉̆̋̍̅͋͐ͣ̍͝g̤̻̮͎̗͐̋̑̾ͬ̽͋͟o̜̹̜̙͕͉ͬ́͊ͤ͗̊̇ ̶̠̹̗̄̅̽͛͡T̳̤̓ͥ̀ͪ̍̕͞e͛͌̊ͪ̃͏͏̜͙̥̭̙͕̜͇x̨̱̖̘̹̩̬̮ͯ̎ͨ̓͒͘͠t̳͕̘̫̰͖̩ͯͫ̆ͨ to be used, whereas Arial does. I ...
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Stack Overflow Mug [closed]

A friend got me a stack overflow mug and its amazing - but one thing has always troubled me. Is the code written in a real world language? The code seems like it could be improved slightly. if (...
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We are offline … we will post details on the blog and twitter

Note, this is semi-serious, mainly due to the fact the blogs were down and my imagination wasn't... It's also possible this is already the case, just not linked in the maintenance message. Mod-closed? ...
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Wanton abuse of edit privileges detected [closed]

This post was edited to add in a comment to the post. Clearly, the user has a high enough reputation that he/she should understand that this is unacceptable behavior, but did it anyway. (shudder) ...
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I made us some Trogdor graphics!

We seem to have a tradition of using the Homestar Runner character 'Trogdor the Burninator' to request tag deletion. I thought we could use crisper images, so I made my own. >:)
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Bump a post as a birthday present

On my birthday not so long ago, I logged into SO, and was pleasantly suprised to find an unexpected rep bonus: Someone had discovered a very old question of mine, upvoted it, and added an answer, so ...
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Stack Exchange sites look TERRIBLE in Internet explorer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which browsers are officially supported? And what else do I need? ...Three. It even causes a General Protection Fault! Please fix this.
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How much would it cost to pay developers to produce the answers on Stack Overflow?

I was talking to my girlfriend earlier about the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and specifically about Joel's oft-repeated rant about how paying people to contribute to a site ...
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What's the longest question you have ever seen here on SO? [closed]

I just stumbled upon this post, which has a huge amount of information (screenshot in case it changes). Are there any longer questions found on SO? What's the longest question you've encountered?
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Suggest Tag-Wiki edits?

So I just suggested a tag wiki for the Meta tag oy. Admittedly poking a bit of fun at @RebeccaChernof. It was my first such proposal. It was accepted. But now I can't edit it. I did not know that ...
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How many hamsters power the StackExchange sites? [closed]

According to Nick Craver, hamsters power StackOverflow and related sites. At any given time, how many run the site? What is the average turnover (how often do they need to be replaced)?
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Was there a special prize for the 1,000th 10Ker?

There are 953 10K rep people on SO, up 10 on last week - so I guess June 2011 will see the psychologically important 1000 SO 'super' user mark breached. Aside from the bunting that is released from ...
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Does a question about birthday cakes for programmers have a home?

There used to be a very popular question on Stack Overflow called Surprise for a programmer on Birthday, but it got deleted. It had a bunch of suggestions for humorous code snippets and other jokes to ...
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We're all Rebecca Chernoff \o/ [closed]

On this frabjous day, our community manager Rebecca Chernoff has graciously allowed all of us *1 to be her for one day, and one day only. And so, ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you: We're ...
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Eeeeek where is my slow performance‽‽‽ [closed]

Over the past couple of days, I have noticed that Stack Overflow is faster than ever. This is severely affecting my thumb twiddling time. When am I supposed to practice my thumb twiddling if I don't ...
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Is it ok to flog people for circumventing the minimum answer size?

I hate coming across answers like "Yes. (need at least 30 characters in answer)" Don't people realize there's a reason there's a minimum? Maybe to give someone a more useful answer?
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What Easter Eggs do the chat sites have?

According to balpha, the SE chat sites may have individual Easter eggs, depending on the site. If you find them, please post. Edit: Because it's so easy to make this stuff up, a screenshot as proof ...
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Stack Exchange Achievement Suggestions

Maybe we could have some alternative achievements? http://teamfortress2.fr/achievements.php?eng
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Adding a “lol” button

So, we were talking in the JS chatroom and we came linking the noobiest questions possible, questions you can't really answer... For example : Javascript Math Functions HTML <body onload="&...
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Celebrating Christmas on Stack Overflow [closed]

Will the site be celebrating the festive season at all?
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There should be a prize for the top user in area 51

Whoever this handsome guy is, I'm sure he'd welcome anything from stickers, to a nice t-shirt with aliens. Edit: I was contacted 1.5 hours after posting this by the kind Emily from Stack Overflow Inc....
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Is it OK to email Jon Skeet and ask him to answer posts which mere mortals cannot?

I've posted one or two 'tumbleweed' questions which I'm sure the mighty Jon Skeet could answer while sleeping. He doesn't seem to have noticed them yet (probably beneath him) but I'd still like the ...
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Badge Suggestion: “Cubicle Warrior”

I know we already have the enthusiast/fanatic/legendary badges, but I'm sure there's a fleet of folks out there that work hard all week and play hard (or simply disconnect) on the weekends. How about ...
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Everything Should Be Different [closed]

I feel strongly that the current SO website would be much more effective if it was completely different than how it is now. Problems include: Closing eyes or adjusting monitor orientation causes ...
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Drinking, SO and Copyright Violation [closed]

Dear MSO users and related staffers... Recently I have taken to drink to cope with wading through boring SO questions to find some juicy nuggets. Unfortunately, this mix of heavy drinking and SO has ...
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Please Add Means of Converting Reputation to Actual Beer

When I help someone solve a programming problem, they often express their gratitude for the solution (yay!). Generally, this takes the form of one of the following: "Think you!" Sometimes, people ...
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Can we please have a few additions to the toolbar?

I humbly request the following toolbar buttons when composing a new question: Notice the addition of four new buttons. I will briefly describe their functions below: Freehand circle button - ...
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Beginning to ask a question on Stack Overflow actually helps me debug my problem myself

Beginning to ask a question on Stack Overflow actually helps me debug my problem myself, especially while trying to formulate a coherent and detailed enough question body in order to get decent ...
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O these bot checks

I am forever being asked if I am a bot, simply because I am so active, especially with the edit button. Can someone write a program that I can click on and it will do it for me?
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Are rumors of a film true? I hope so by golly! [closed]

I heard that there is a film being made. If so, please consider my poster: Then people at the Tavern (Lasse V. Karlsen, Yi Jiang, Diago, Tim) had some suggestions: Anyway, I hope people make some ...
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Size of online communities

SO it's not scientific, but the genius that is Randall has been at it again with an updated map of Online Communities. The trilogy, or just SO, or all of SE, are absent (but then so is the whole ...
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How to vent on Stack Overflow without resorting to personal attacks of character

Sometimes voting down an answer or question just isn't satisfying enough psychologically. One feels the urge to annihilate and destroy with prejudice. However, there is no need for personal attacks on ...
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Do @replies to deleted comments work, too?

Say user A posts a comment, B replies harsh to it. A deletes the comment and C decides from B's reply that A deserves better and replies @A. Will A be notified? If this is an open question: I need ...
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/blame feature for chat

Inspired by the request for a /me command and SVN's blame command I'm suggesting a /blame command for so chat! Why, you ask? As a shorthand for the most common chat action. Gives users another way ...