balpha

Berlin, Germany

balpha.de

Age: 34

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 Exchange.

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 Markdown change: Intra-word emphasis now works
@snailplane Done, thanks.
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revised WMD unable to render markup inside words
edited tags
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answered WMD unable to render markup inside words
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comment Automatic warnings of 'dangerous' tags
Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/16843/…
Oct
16
awarded Nice Answer
Oct
16
revised Japanese badge notification
added 1 character in body; edited title
Oct
13
comment What is the story of Jeff Atwood and the pluralization 'Bug'?
@ShadowWizard That's not really a property of the translation engine. When it comes to plurals, the word is known at translation time. The number is what's unknown until runtime.
Oct
11
comment Disallow flagging chat messages from the transcript as offensive
1) If I understand correctly, you just want to remove it from the transcript UI; the server would still accept the flag (because "load older messages" -> flag would still work according to your comment). So a user script that brings the option back could easily be written. 2) A time limit (like ThiefMaster suggests) already exists, though it's much higher at the moment (15 days). Of course a case could be made for lowering that. 3) Your first comment here sounds like this request stems from an actual incident; could you expand on that? Also see point 1, if your "turing machine" was a flag-bot.
Oct
10
comment Why do the chat messages have deletion/editing time in chatrooms?
meta.stackexchange.com/questions/100682/… (and related meta.stackexchange.com/questions/234148/a-state-of-grace-period/…)
Oct
10
awarded Revival
Oct
10
revised MarkDown Rendering bug
edited body
Oct
10
comment Suggested edits that change links should jump out and punch reviewers in the face
That seems more like a theoretical problem to me. If you feel strongly about it, please open a feature request; this shouldn't be in a comment thread.
Oct
10
revised Welcome back, user. Click here to get error 404
edited tags
Oct
10
answered Welcome back, user. Click here to get error 404
Oct
10
comment How to put direct links to URL containing /*/ in answers or chat?
That has nothing to do with recent changes. Those messages are not identical (one has http://, one doesn't). Also note that it's only broken in the transcript (which is traditionally pretty broken when it comes to auto-linking); it works fine in the live chat.
Oct
10
revised Automatic link creation fails with backslash at the end of the title (and other characters)
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Oct
10
answered Automatic link creation fails with backslash at the end of the title (and other characters)
Oct
10
revised Bolding with ** isn't working properly
edited tags
Oct
10
answered Bolding with ** isn't working properly
Oct
10
revised MarkDown syntax is interpreted inside comments hyperlink tooltip, but HTML tags are not
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