April 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of this great community and we want to celebrate together with you!

I am looking for suggestions from you as to how we can realistically enjoy this momentous occasion. Do you have an idea for a contest? a race? a dance-off? Let me know!

I want to also be able to offer prizes to the winners of the contest(s). If you have ideas and suggestions on realistic items, please share as well. If you're not sure, post it anyway. Let's have fun with this as we celebrate a decade of community work!

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    Possible duplicate of 10 years anniversary of Server Fault :) – Michael Hampton Mar 15 '19 at 17:35
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    Not possible, it is. But this is where we can track people's suggestions rather than in comments or additional responses over there. – Juan M Mar 15 '19 at 17:36
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    Holy crap. It's been ten years. I am so old now... >sigh< – Evan Anderson Mar 16 '19 at 3:15
  • Just seen your edit, for the prize idea it could be a simple signed card by Joel Splosky with a small prepaid visa in example (like 10$) – yagmoth555 Mar 20 '19 at 13:24
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    or traveller mug with SF logo – yagmoth555 Mar 20 '19 at 13:24
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    @yagmoth555 I like the idea of the signed cards. I'll have to track Joel first though.... – Juan M Mar 20 '19 at 16:08

Almost all sysadmin like to keep some old stuff :P let's do a contest to make some art with some old server admin stuff, or find them a second life usage (and post a picture of the result)

In example;

  • Using old travan/dds cartridge to make a pen holder.
  • PIX501 used as book ends.
  • ...

The winner could be the most upvoted's one.

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    Even though I've dumped most of my old old old stuff (e.g. my VAX 11/750 CPU boards), this would be too easy for me to win... Who else still has punch cards? Or uses an IBM Model M 101 keyboard with the original PC/AT connector? – Ward - Reinstate Monica Mar 15 '19 at 19:42
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    Obligatory "you kids today" comment: Travan and DDS aren't old... TK50 is old, or 9-track (I've still got a small one of those). And did I mention my huge collection of thinwire BNC T connectors and termination resistors? – Ward - Reinstate Monica Mar 15 '19 at 19:48
  • @Ward oh, you really beat me then ! I think I still have some BNC connectors, maybe one hidden somewhere, but I dont even know what is tk50, lol – yagmoth555 Mar 15 '19 at 19:57
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    Sorry, Ward, I use my old punch cards every day, as bookmarks, and I'm still trying to get some of my old email off 6250bpi half-inch tape reels. My wife kindly let me hang my old Sun 3 motherboard on the wall, as art, until we redecorated our lounge last year. It had jumpers to set mainboard memory; 1-32MB, if I recall! – MadHatter Mar 18 '19 at 9:40
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    I really like this idea and it would be a great way for people to see old things used in creative new ways! – Juan M Mar 19 '19 at 15:47

Legend has it that in the New York office, buried deep in a storage cupboard the location known only to the current NYC Operations Manager and the head of SRE, are the original Stack Overflow servers.

I'm not saying we should give them away, but I am saying we should do something with them. At least put them on display somewhere.


Another idea if we can send a prize to more than one person(s) !

We could thanks some members that helped the site grow and prosper and to make the site great.

So to commemorate them it could be;

  • Select the top X contributor of all times, as they used to make the site great;

  • Select the top X contributor of lately, like from 2018 or 2019;

  • Select the top upvoted users from my other answer's contest; (To leave a chance to newcomer too)

  • Select all former moderators. As they used to give a lot of their time to the site.

Send a prize from there :)

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    "Select all former moderators. As they used to give a lot of their time to the site." yep and I call dibs on all the good stuff – Mark Henderson Mar 18 '19 at 5:56
  • @MarkHenderson I'm not sure on the meaning of the expression used :P but none the less I wrote former, not 'current' for that purpose (to exclude myself) :-) – yagmoth555 Mar 18 '19 at 19:53
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    I was (only half) joking. I also am a former moderator, but as a now-employee I'm sure I am not eligible for any community rewards. Calling dibs means that I wanted first choice of all the rewards. – Mark Henderson Mar 18 '19 at 20:27
  • @MarkHenderson oh ok, lol, I got it :) thanks for the explanation – yagmoth555 Mar 18 '19 at 22:01
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    "Select all former moderators." - Good idea!! – HBruijn Mar 19 '19 at 19:28

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