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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.


Jan
2
reviewed Reject Reputation graph
Nov
11
comment Threaded comments
@Asad Already exists. After you click "unthread", you can click "thread" to show the comments as before.
Nov
10
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
8
comment Reputation graph
@JonCage It's been like that for months; see stackapps.com/questions/3498/… (includes workaround)
Sep
30
comment “Reply” links on comments
@MartinSchröder Fixed now.
Sep
28
comment “Reply” links on comments
@MartinSchröder Ah yeah, I never fixed that... (To be honest, I haven't been using this script much since we put the tab autocompleter in). I'll fix it over the weekend; it's easy enough.
Sep
23
comment is there a way to use my app to authenticate users with only a StackOverflow account with the stackExchange oauth api 2.1?
@agares Just use the same login you used for the other sites. You already have a Stack Exchange network account: stackexchange.com/users/1073949/agares
Sep
23
answered is there a way to use my app to authenticate users with only a StackOverflow account with the stackExchange oauth api 2.1?
Sep
13
awarded  Favorite Question
Sep
12
comment Threaded comments
@Pureferret You're absolutely right, it would be identical. I'm not thinking about technical issues, more conceptual issues. It should also be noted that most comment threads are fairly short, and any additional user interface functionality creates an additional burden, so you'd have to weigh the two. I don't actually have strong feelings about your proposal; I'm just not quite convinced.
Sep
12
comment Threaded comments
@Pureferret Hmm, I see your point, but it's somewhat problematic in that this script really only does guesswork (even if fairly educated guesswork) as to what is a reply to what. I fear that with such a functionality as you request, it creates a too confident impression of its abilities.
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.