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bio website balpha.de
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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.


Sep
11
comment Threaded comments
@Pureferret Can you give an example of what you mean by that?
Sep
5
revised Bug in the StackExchange Api ? getting “could not parse proxy url” when user not logged in
edited tags
Jun
24
comment Official keyboard shortcuts
Yeah, at the moment that only works when you load the new questions via the keyboard shorttcut (F). This is on my list, though.
Jun
23
comment Chrome may not allow one-click userscript install now
Don't feel bad for thinking it was a bug; the main issue report on this was filed by a Chromium developer who thought it was a regression :)
Jun
22
comment Official keyboard shortcuts
Fixed, thanks for noting.
Jun
22
comment Official keyboard shortcuts
Regarding the inconsistency -- yes, we decided to live with that, in particular since hardly anybody uses "new window" anymore these days. Regarding ? -- hmm yeah, I must have just broken that. Will fix.
Jun
22
comment Official keyboard shortcuts
This works, but we have decided to go with Shift as the modifier key, since there's less of a collision chance. Shift-Enter will open in a new tab (it also works in a few other places, e.g. G Shift-P opens your profile in a new tab).
Jun
18
comment Reputation graph
Re the second part: This is actually prevented at least if you were on the "graph" section on page load (not after an AJAX-tab change, though). Re both of them: I'll probably not fix those; considering how long it took someone to report the other issues, hardly anyone is using this script anymore (this includes myself, obviously), so I don't think it's worth polishing any further.
Jun
18
comment Reputation graph
This particular script doesn't really use any inside knowledge (hardly any of them do, actually) -- it's e.g. usually easier to check "what's the name of that AJAX route" by clicking and seeing what gets requested, instead of finding the relevant code (nobody can possibly know all that by hand). I go about creating user scripts like any non-SE dev would.
Jun
18
comment Reputation graph
Did you miss the "fixed now" in my previous comment? :)
Jun
18
revised Reputation graph
added 126 characters in body
Jun
18
comment Reputation graph
Wow, this script was broken in several spots for ages. I guess hardly anyone uses it anymore :) Fixed now.
Jun
6
revised Threaded comments
added 89 characters in body
May
29
awarded  Popular Question
May
20
awarded  Yearling
May
9
awarded  Good Question
Apr
17
comment Not a real question – A Stack Exchange game
@russau No, the limitation is just a lazy programmer not spending a thought on character encoding :) Thanks for pointing it out, I'll have a look. Glad you like it.
Mar
29
comment Threaded comments
@Nullable I don't understand. The script doesn't change the content of the comments. What exactly do you mean?
Mar
28
comment Better handling of indentation and the TAB key when editing posts
Good point; I've added a check to make sure it's only run on a plain ol' Stack Exchange Q&A site. It wouldn't be a problem to convert this to work with jQuery 1.5, but that isn't really necessary.
Mar
23
comment Better handling of indentation and the TAB key when editing posts
It doesn't. It checks for updates on every SE site you visit.