balpha

Berlin, Germany

balpha.de

Age: 35

My name is Benjamin Dumke-von der Ehe. I am Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00007, which is just a confusing way of saying that I work as a developer for Stack Overflow.

I am @balpha on Twitter. My blog's "about" page explains the origin of my user name.

I am the creator of Unicornify, the service that gives you these lovable creatures:

I also created Lyfe, a small library adding yield-based generators to JavaScript, and Not a Real Question, a little game that's played with data from various Stack Exchange sites.

I sometimes have a strange sense of humor, but I also like to explain things I fix, break, care about, or come up with.

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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@BenVoigt The latter. The actual logic uses the top 5000. I'd like to improve that as well -- there have been multiple mentions of the "nonsensical tags" like [tag:if-statement], i.e. tags that don't really lend themselves to this kind of things. And at the bottom of the top 5000, there's a lot of those tags. But I have no immediate plans to change that.
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comment What happened to seeing the number of view a CV has been accessed
@TZHX We would never do something like that. We're the good people, remember? We would never exclude people without credit cards from being able to proactively engage in expanding their network.
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Apr
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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@Burkhard Yeah, some of the tags that end up there are pretty nonsensical for showcasing in such a way. That's why you can always choose which ones to actually display.
Apr
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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@mvai Arguably somebody with 30 answers in a particular tag -- no matter the score -- should be considered an answerer in that tag, if not a particularly successful one.
Apr
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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@mvai Almost; it's the sum of answer scores, the same number that's on the tags tab of your profile (e.g. 411 for [tag:android] in your case).
Apr
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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@BhargavRao Oh the horror!
Apr
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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@HansPassant Also note that the CV doesn't even have 1% and 5% buckets, so compared to what employers see today, the new logic is a step up for you. Now, if you think that your Stack Overflow activity in that tag should be putting you into the top 1% of users in that tag, that would be something to talk about.
Apr
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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@HansPassant These numbers showcase Stack Overflow activity, which admittedly doesn't have to translate 100% to what you actually do on your job. I don't think it's "bad data" as long as it's not interpreted incorrectly. The tags you work with are something that you can set yourself in the CV or Developer Story, and that's what's actually used when matching users to jobs.
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comment What is a top 1% user in a tag?
@JonClements No, I just cut it off at 30.
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Apr
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comment Developer story bug: top x%
I've posted a follow-up: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/321858/…
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comment Import data from Careers wiped out my Developer Story - I didn't expect that
@cat It is now :)
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