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bio website balpha.de
location Berlin, Germany
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seen Jul 19 at 5:43

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
11
comment Better handling of indentation and the TAB key when editing posts
@joeytje50 What the Esc key is there for -- it cancels the editing. Same as clicking the "cancel" link. Note that I'm talking about editing, not suggesting edits; the latter has no cancel link because it doesn't need one (since it doesn't happen inline, but on a new page).
Jan
10
comment Better handling of indentation and the TAB key when editing posts
@joeytje50 Esc already has a meaning during editing, so this is out of the question.
Dec
17
comment Threaded comments
@MartinSchröder You can update now; it's fixed in the new version.
Dec
17
comment Threaded comments
@MartinSchröder Yeah, there's an interference with the Winter Bash javascript. I'll fix that later today.
Nov
28
comment Official keyboard shortcuts
My bad, now fixed in bitbucket.org/balpha/se-keyboard-shortcuts/commits/….
Nov
28
comment Official keyboard shortcuts
For completeness: I fixed this a few days later in bitbucket.org/balpha/se-keyboard-shortcuts/commits/…
Nov
28
comment Official keyboard shortcuts
fixed in bitbucket.org/balpha/se-keyboard-shortcuts/commits/…
Aug
19
comment Dude, where's my cursor?
What are the fatal errors? And does it work if you install it directly as a Chrome userscript instead of going through Tampermonkey?
Jul
14
comment Bad format returned by Stack Exchange API, not GZip?
Yes, that's what I said. Of course the JSON is UTF8-encoded. But treating the raw gzip data as UTF8 is what makes no sense.
Jan
26
comment Dude, where's my cursor?
@JeffAtwood Interesting idea, though I wonder if that's feasible. Mapping a character in a text area to a screen position is pretty much impossible.
Jan
26
comment Dude, where's my cursor?
@badp As always in Chrome, you have to open chrome://extensions, and then drag the script from the download bar at the bottom onto that tab.
Nov
11
comment Threaded comments
@Asad Already exists. After you click "unthread", you can click "thread" to show the comments as before.
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
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?
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.