Tim Post

Mandaluyong, Philippines

alertfalse.com

Age: 39

I'm a community manager and chief [bad] pun officer for Stack Exchange, following two years of service as a community elected moderator on Stack Overflow. My job here at Stack Exchange involves everything from spam-thwarting, product design, and looking after our largest sites. Beyond that, I'm:

  • A husband and dad
  • A competent programmer
  • A world traveler
  • Not a teapot

If you need to reach me, it's tpost shift-2 stackoverflow, but please use this form for common support needs. Note, I do not use services such as Linkedin, please don't try to add me there, it just creates noise.

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awarded Critic
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comment Age close votes after 14 days, regardless of views, allowing recasting
@TylerH You are in fact arriving at an interesting, but different discussion. Let's say we give everyone 200 close votes per day, in the hope that 75% of them result (or come close to resulting in) consensus. Some people drill down depth-first, some breadth-first. With everyone having 200 votes, those breadth-first folks should be pretty effective, right? Well that depends on how many use all of those votes every day, or at all. What remains is if efforts to concentrate that get scattered too far, many just get squandered, which is a total waste.Talking starving diners, we need a smaller menu.
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comment Checkmark is critically ill
@yo' He's got one now.
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comment Age close votes after 14 days, regardless of views, allowing recasting
@TylerH A lot of the stuff where votes just aged away are questions that many would look at and kind of scratch our heads as to why they should be closed. Sure, some of them might be clear cut, but they've reached the point where nobody cares about them any more. It's better to drive people to stuff where consensus is far more likely to occur relatively quickly, and without contention, and continue to do that going forward. I've had a diamond since 2011 and I have seen so many things with 1 or 2 close votes on them seemingly coming out of left field, you can't optimize for that.
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comment Ideas for Super User em Português
I've put the chunks of links in code formatting which should stop causing all linked pages to link back here. We uh, need to think about that feature a little more :) Sorry for the inconvenience of having to copy the links, but it was generating a bit of irrelevant noise on the linked pages.
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revised Ideas for Super User em Português
stop links from causing all linked pages to auto-mention this post
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revised Where should I ask general home / connectivity / electronics devices related questions?
edited tags
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answered Is Stack Overflow the right site for asking about debugging tools/techniques?
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comment I want the old good star back!
@Doorknob Eh, sometimes it's pointless in the grand scheme of things, but occasionally something like this prods a larger idea to move, so I don't mind them for the most part. Besides, it's a nice break from yelling at each other about other things :)
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answered I want the old good star back!
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comment I want the old good star back!
It's my understanding that the circle adds ... a circle.
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comment I want the old good star back!
I don't know, maybe it could use more 'pop' and some lens flare so it twinkles when you hover over it. Because I can see some meta users at their desks all dis-shuffled screaming at their monitors ... twinkle.. twinkle .. you goddamn useless star! And people say we don't understand our audience well pshhhhh.
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comment I want the old good star back!
I ... hadn't noticed that it changed at all until you pointed it out. Dangit man, now I have to have a think on whether I like it or not.
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comment Storing and retrieving simple data within a framework
Before answering, I'd like to know if you're really this concerned with just a few things you'd need to store for sanity checking at boostrap, or if perhaps you're working on something where it's quite a bit more than a few things? If you're just looking at PHP runtime and refusing to run if things aren't what you need, then you're probably micro-optimizing. If you're needing to make a lot of choices based on these values, that's another. You've given version as an example, is that really all there is to this? That matters for an answer.
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comment Why aren't "fat binaries" more widely used for cross-platform applications?
@RobertHarvey It doesn't. Free software that is an absolute mess to port it still an absolute mess to port - you just increase the surface in which you might catch someone that cares about using it on a particular architecture or OS enough to port it, or suggest a path that might make porting something that doesn't make people bleed.
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comment Do something when internet connection is up again
It's a lot easier for us if you just post the part of the code that connects, you'll get an answer you can (probably) just use as-is. It's an interesting enough question and a common enough problem.
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comment Do something when internet connection is up again
Can we see your upload code? This could be as simple as a try / except coupled with a simple fifo or priority queue it uses to resume.
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comment Featured post on MSE no longer appears in the community bulletins of any SE sites
Don't be too quick to dismiss the possibility of caching, for you are crunchy and taste good with cacheup.
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comment Circuit Review Stack Exchange?
Definitely. The only reason we have Code Review is because Stack Overflow decided that they didn't want those types of questions. The less you fragment communities choked full of expertise, the better, so don't go making a site unless you've got great questions and just keep hitting a wall with them.
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answered Where do I ask a question for a failed Area 51 proposal?
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