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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answered Will there be hats on Meta Stack Exchange?
Nov
22
comment When tagging users, add an option to choose the user to ping
The "only the one that commented last" part is correct, but the "any user with matching 3 characters" is wrong. When you type @Gilles, you don't notify anyone called "Gilbert". That wouldn't make much sense.
Nov
22
awarded Enlightened
Nov
22
awarded Nice Answer
Nov
21
comment Chat doesn't load my feed
@PeeHaa Let me know when you're done. Chat throttles back the requests to failing feeds, so it may take a while until it would try again. I can punch it a bit to retry earlier.
Nov
21
comment Chat doesn't load my feed
@Braiam Are you sure? It loads it fine for me, but it says the connection is not encrypted.
Nov
21
answered Chat doesn't load my feed
Nov
18
comment Unexpected text at the bottom of posts
@Joehot200 See the second sentence of my answer.
Nov
18
revised Unexpected text at the bottom of posts
edited tags
Nov
18
answered Unexpected text at the bottom of posts
Nov
10
awarded Citizen Patrol
Nov
7
awarded Talkative
Nov
7
comment Unable to chat. Can you help, please?
@MartijnPieters It's related to the fact that chat.so has the same user ids as SO itself, that means it's less flexible with solving those problems fully automatically.
Nov
7
comment Unable to chat. Can you help, please?
@MartijnPieters There's no merge involved here. Those also rarely cause problems on chat.se, that's more of a problem on chat.so.
Nov
7
comment Unable to chat. Can you help, please?
It looks like you're logged in to chat as chat.stackexchange.com/users/131580 (presumably someone else using the same computer?) who indeed only has 1 reputation. Please go to chat.stackexchange.com/logout and click the button there. Once you've logged out, go to stackexchange.com/users/chat-login, which should log you in to chat as the correct user.
Nov
7
comment Stack Overflow returning HTTP error code 418 (I'm a teapot)?
@Brilliand The definition of a 400 is "The request could not be understood by the server due to malformed syntax." That is not at all appropriate here; the request isn't malformed. It's just missing a correct parameter.
Nov
5
awarded Revival
Nov
5
revised Error in generated comment when using the tool: Move comments to chat
edited tags
Nov
5
answered Error in generated comment when using the tool: Move comments to chat
Nov
5
comment Does pinned post in a chat room get moderator attention?
@TheLittleNaruto Because nobody unpins anything manually, and leaving pins forever eventually leads to a "starred" list that contains not a single recent star, just a ton of old irrelevant pins.
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