Pursuant to a chat conversation there's some clarification needed on what it means for a stackapp to be an app or a script. I'm posting this for the community and for future searchers and as a bit of a FAQ (sorta)

If you haven't heard about this, read Jeff's latest blog entry Stack Apps and Scripts.

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Things that make you a

  • you do NOT run in a web browser
  • you create a totally different user interface
  • you are not written in JavaScript
  • you are many thousands of lines of code, far too much to list in a Stack Overflow post or an average blog entry

Things that make you a

  • you run only in the web browser
  • you make small modifications to the existing website user interface
  • you are written in JavaScript
  • your code is small enough to print in a Stack Overflow post or an average blog entry

This IMO is not so difficult to figure out.

  • Our little SEChatModifications may not fit in a SO Post tho :\ and it's definitely Javascript – jcolebrand Feb 19 '11 at 0:04
  • @drachenstern, but it fits for everything else. So the code is long, it does a lot of things! – Rebecca Chernoff Feb 19 '11 at 0:24
  • Some apps run a in a webbrowser, eg stackapps.com/questions/36. So i think your first point on app is not true. – Jonathan. Feb 19 '11 at 12:28
  • @Jonathan ~ viewing in a browser and hosted in a browser are two different things ... – jcolebrand Feb 19 '11 at 20:53
  • @drachenstern, of course your right, sorry Jeff – Jonathan. Feb 19 '11 at 21:13

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