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 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.

Jul
24
comment Can we have [mcve] expand to http://stackoverflow.com/help/mcve in comments, please
@Mogsdad I have, at the same time I made this change. You're just looking at the wrong one. See here
Jul
24
awarded Nice Answer
Jul
23
comment How has "move comments to chat" affected users' behavior?
You're welcome. Note that it's >=2 participants (probably the two users who were arguing in the comments?), it drops of pretty sharply once you add a third user to the conversation.
Jul
23
revised How has "move comments to chat" affected users' behavior?
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Jul
23
revised How has "move comments to chat" affected users' behavior?
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Jul
23
answered How has "move comments to chat" affected users' behavior?
Jul
22
awarded Enlightened
Jul
19
comment Embed youtube videos using the HTML5 player
@JeffMercado I'm not seeing flash in gaming.stackexchange.com/a/228022/334, but I do (well, did; I've fixed that one) in gaming.stackexchange.com/a/228517/334. Note that the ultimate decision whether to serve flash or the HTML5 player is in YouTube's hand, we just include the iframe. The one from your screenshot is broken because it was created via the API (using the iOS app), and I forgot to deploy the API with these changes. I'll fix that up, thanks.
Jul
19
comment Multiple chat tabs
@AwalGarg Storage events, which is what's used here, are completely asynchronous. We don't care about what's currently stored in the storage, instead we listen for notifications that the content has changed. See bitbucket.org/balpha/bytheway.js/src if you're curious about the details.
Jul
16
awarded Nice Answer
Jul
16
revised Can we have [mcve] expand to http://stackoverflow.com/help/mcve in comments, please
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Jul
16
answered Can we have [mcve] expand to http://stackoverflow.com/help/mcve in comments, please
Jul
16
comment Approaching refactoring
testing [mcve] foo bar
Jul
15
awarded Necromancer
Jul
15
comment Embed youtube videos using the HTML5 player
@fredley The gif is just a screen recording from stackexchange.github.io/stackegg, that didn't take long :)
Jul
15
awarded Revival
Jul
15
comment Allow embedded HTML5 YouTube video
Sort of, yes. It has never done it. The major problem is that the preview updates with every keystroke, which means the embed would be included anew multiple times a second, which is annoying and may also cause issues when YouTube isn't happy with you making so many requests in such a short time.
Jul
15
revised Allow embedded HTML5 YouTube video
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Jul
15
answered Allow embedded HTML5 YouTube video
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