One Year of Stack Overflow

by Jeff Atwood

on August 1, 2009

It was one year ago today that the Stack Overflow private beta started. The first question was asked at 21:42 on July 31st, 2008.

Which means we've been doing this thing in public for a full year now -- it's a Stack Overflow birthday!

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Some stats for our first year:

  • Three new "family" sites have launched (serverfault.com, superuser.com, and meta.stackoverflow.com)

  • 208 blog posts have been posted

  • 63 podcasts have been recorded

  • 258,560 questions have been asked; 932,356 answers have been provided

  • 104,213 registered accounts have been created

  • two full-time associates are on board (Jarrod and Geoff)

  • Stack Overflow now peaks at 965k pageviews per day, and 414k visits per day.

But more important than any of this, is that I think we've honestly raised the quality bar for getting good answers to programming questions on the internet. There is nothing more thrilling to me than clicking on a Stack Overflow family search result in my own web searches -- I know the page will load fast, and the information I seek will be right at hand. And it'll be clean, clear, and formatted well through the tireless fractional effort of programmers just like me. Oh, and I do my part too -- I vote the heck out of things I find useful, and always try to leave them better than I found them, by providing more information in an answer or comment, or editing the posts for clarity.

If this thing we've been doing for the past year has been a success, I can't take credit for that. But you can:

This is the scary part, the great leap of faith that Stack Overflow is predicated on: **trusting your fellow programmers**. The programmers who choose to participate in Stack Overflow are the “secret sauce” that makes it work. You are the reason I continue to believe in developer community as the greatest source of learning and growth. You are the reason I continue to get so many positive emails and testimonials about Stack Overflow. I can’t take credit for that. But you can. > > I learned the collective power of my fellow programmers long ago writing on Coding Horror. The community is far, far smarter than I will ever be. All I can ask — all any of us can ask — is to help each other along the path.

Nothing motivates me more than the idea that, together, we're raising the quality of our little corner of the internet in a tiny but measurable way. It is both a pleasure and an honor to serve the community in this endeavor, and I look forward to many more years of the same.

update: Yearling badges are now being awarded. Consider that your birthday cake!