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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.


May
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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.
Mar
23
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
23
revised Better handling of indentation and the TAB key when editing posts
edited body
Mar
23
asked Better handling of indentation and the TAB key when editing posts
Jan
26
comment “Reply” links on comments
@Tshepang: It still works, and I'm still using it myself. I have found myself using the tab completion more and more, but I also still use this script.
Jan
10
awarded  Announcer
Dec
18
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
14
comment Upbar for SE/SO chat
@rlemon To each his own. I, for one, have yet to see a piece of code where a 30% performance increase in element-by-Id look up even remotely started to possibly look like maybe making a difference.
Dec
11
comment Upbar for SE/SO chat
A little jQuery hint: $('#present-users') is much nicer than $(document.getElementById('present-users')), and means the same thing
Dec
6
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
19
comment Stack Exchange Deleted Question Viewer [broken]
Yep; I saw your update. Will look.
Oct
15
comment Stack Exchange Deleted Question Viewer [broken]
The next build fixes several bugs with regards to editing permissions. Unfortunately the one you're exploiting here is among them. Sorry :)
Sep
3
awarded  Good Question
Sep
2
awarded  Nice Question