This great news should be celebrated somehow!

  • Are we getting a mention on a StackExchange blog?
  • Are our hard working moderators getting a pay rise? (10% seems fair, since they get paid nothing...)?
  • Are our top five users going to get a set of Gerry Anderson DVDs?
  • Or better yet, are we going to get a spoiler markdown button?

Seriously, this is great news. Thanks to everyone who participated over the last year, going from Area51 through Beta. And thanks to Jin for the awesome graphics!

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  • Party at my house. Seriously if enough people want to trek over to the Baltimore area. – DampeS8N Dec 14 '11 at 20:27
  • @DampeS8N: nice idea. Maybe some kind of Skype / VoIP option would work, with a bring your own beers idea... A distributed party? – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 14 '11 at 21:26
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    FWIW, the CHAOS team (@BrettWhite) blogged about it (stackexchange.tumblr.com), and Joel tweeted about it (twitter.com/#!/spolsky/status/146732377446682624). – Tony Meyer Dec 14 '11 at 23:58
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    I've noticed that there are 4 users on the first page from Ohio (me and Jeff in Cinci) and 1 from Indiana. Can we get some critical mass for a midwest meetup? – gnovice Dec 15 '11 at 21:26
  • @gnovice: ditto for Kepler 22b. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 15 '11 at 22:06
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    @DampeS8N - I know I belong on this site since my main reaction while reading your first comment was "want to Star trek over". – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 16 '11 at 7:23
  • @Wikis - isn't that what Google+ hangouts are for? I am not quite sure what they are but they seem to be some kinda virtual meetings. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 16 '11 at 7:24
  • @DVK: I have no knowledge of this Google+ thing of which you speak... but we have a chat room, of course! – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 16 '11 at 7:41
  • @TonyMeyer: thanks, that is actually the kind of answer I was expecting. :) – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 16 '11 at 7:41

Ok. Let's formalize it.

If 5+ people say they want to come to my place in the Baltimore MD area for a BYOB party, I'll make it happen. Please include the Saturdays that suit you. Picking Saturday for ease of travel. Limited sofa-bed space available for farthest-distance-traveled-first-serve.

I'll break out the SNES on the 42" next to my Atari 800xl on an SDTV. Continual looping SF films/tv on the giant screen (6' x 8'). Requests welcome.

Right now we are looking at either the 24th or 31st

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    If it wasn't ~14000km away... – Tony Meyer Dec 15 '11 at 4:13
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    I would attend, but sadly the time does not coincide with my next scheduled visit to your planet. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 15 '11 at 6:17
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    Baltimore isn't within walking distance or else I'd be over there like white on rice. – OghmaOsiris Dec 15 '11 at 6:35
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    My wife (@spugsley) and I are actually in the Silver Spring area from the 23rd - 1st and could totally do this! – Ian Pugsley Dec 15 '11 at 14:30
  • @DampeS8N go to town. Might want to consider a Friday night (30th?) as plans for Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve are likely, though less likely in the afternoon. – Ian Pugsley Dec 15 '11 at 19:34
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    @DampeS8N Scrooge! Don't you dare say "humbug"! ;-) – Peter Cassetta Dec 15 '11 at 22:51
  • @IanPugsley Would you still like to get together on the 30th? It'll just be the 4 of us. (you, your wife, me, my girlfriend) Settlers of Catan, maybe? – DampeS8N Dec 20 '11 at 23:16
  • Did it happen?? – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Jan 2 '12 at 9:40
  • ...........nope – DampeS8N Jan 3 '12 at 3:13

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