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Reputation Alerts


This application sits in your system tray and periodically checks Stack Overflow for any new badges or reputation. It also displays your current reputation, allows for manual updates, and automatically opens a new tab in your browser and brings you to your user/reputation overview page.


BSD License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BSD/


No direct download at the moment. Can be cloned via GitHub.


Was written and tested on Debian Unstable.

It should theoretically work anywhere Python 2.6 and PyQt 4 is installed (and working). I don't have the ability to test this on other operating systems.


The easiest way would be to post in this thread or open an issue on GitHub.


This project was written in a few hours the night the Stack Overflow API was announced. There are probably plenty of bugs or bizarre things in the code. Be kind :-)

The code can be seen and cloned from here: http://github.com/NickPresta/StackTray

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    So is this for KDE? Commented May 21, 2010 at 7:15
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    I suppose you could run this in a Gnome environment, but yeah, mostly for KDE. Commented May 21, 2010 at 10:41
  • Then I guess it goes hand-in-hand with my Gnome applet. Commented May 21, 2010 at 15:50
  • Indeed. You "inspired" me to write this. Commented May 21, 2010 at 18:40
  • Thanks for letting me know that my work is inspirational! Commented May 22, 2010 at 5:51
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    Please relink the screenshots
    – LifeH2O
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 13:10

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Has this been packaged anywhere? I know from the information above it says get it from git, but just wondered if it has been updated?

  • I'm not sure how you would want this packaged? If you explain what would work well for you, I may be able to release an egg or something. Commented Aug 1, 2010 at 7:14

A config thing in the GUI to set your ID would be nice.

And as far as packaging goes, why not upload it to KDE-Apps.org so we can grab it with Get Hot New Stuff on the Plasmoid picker?

I tried putting in my ID for ubuntu.stackexchange.com into lib/settings.py and s/stackoverflow/ubuntu.stackexchange/ on lib/stacktray.py but the text hover only ever says "Text" and I get

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/maco/code/StackTray/lib/systemtray.py", line 71, in run "You have %d reputation!" % self.rep, msecs=5000)
TypeError: %d format: a number is required, not NoneType

On the shell


Nice idea. Add orange envelope-style updates and Windows compatibility and you've got a solid app. :)

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    Windows compatibility...? Commented May 21, 2010 at 16:14
  • That OS they call Microsoft Windows. ;)
    – KTC
    Commented May 21, 2010 at 16:21
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    @KTC: What's it like? Is it that new thing Google was talking about? Where can I see a demo? Commented May 21, 2010 at 17:31
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    Is there exists such windows ideas?
    – mosg
    Commented Jul 5, 2010 at 17:29

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