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I'm a PhD student in biomathematics, working on stochastic individual-based models of evolution in spatially structured populations. My other interests include cryptography, programming games and puzzles, photography and graphic design.

I started programming (in AmigaBASIC) when I was 10 years old. Nowadays, I'm most comfortable using Perl, C and JavaScript. I know Java and PHP too, but I can't really say I like them. I also know some Python, but not as much as I'd like.


CC-Zero Please consider any (original) code I post to Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites to be released under CC-Zero unless stated otherwise. You may do whatever you want with it and don't have to credit me in any way, although of course that would be nice.


I'm the main author and maintainer of the Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch (SOUP), a user script for browsers with GreaseMonkey-compatible user script support (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, possibly Safari) that fixes or works around a number of outstanding issues with the Stack Exchange user interface.

I tend to answer a lot more questions than I ask. Some answers I'm rather proud of:


Feb
23
comment Submit example.com/#!/page URLs to Google
...and you're just toggling the visibility of the <li>s, rather than actually loading the content via AJAX? In that case, you could just add some code to your index.php so that, if it receives an _escaped_fragment_ parameter, it styles the matching <li> with display:block and all the others with display:none (or omits them entirely). Oh, and you probably should a) change your <title> to describe the page being shown, and b) use the <meta name="fragment" content="!"> trick for the main page.
Feb
23
comment Submit example.com/#!/page URLs to Google
"There is no way to directly submit this to Google" is kind of misleading, since, in fact, the instructions you've linked to say you should directly submit such URLs to Google in your sitemap. You just needs some extra server-side support to let Googlebot fetch them.
Feb
23
answered Submit example.com/#!/page URLs to Google
Feb
9
revised Mass deletion of spam revisions in Mediawiki
note that attachLatest.php needs the --fix parameter, per http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/16970
Jan
27
comment Does the 'Server' header serve any purpose?
A 100-byte header, like the one quoted in the question, might well cause the combined length of the response headers and content to spill over into an extra packet. Besides, packet-counting tells the whole story only for purely latency-limited connections. In (at least partially) bandwidth-limited situations (such as slow mobile connections, or large data centers with a huge request volume), the total amount of bytes transmitted starts to matter too.
Jan
11
awarded  Yearling
Jan
10
comment What is the purpose of leading slash in HTML URLs?
@DisgruntledGoat: Probably way earlier than that. In fact, I'd go on a limb and just say "every browser ever"; that syntax has been part of the URL standard from the very beginning.
Jan
10
comment Mass deletion of spam revisions in Mediawiki
There's no point in trying to delete spam links from externallinks, since that's a redundant metadata table that's basically only used for things like Special:LinkSearch; once you've cleaned up the actual pages, you can just run rebuildall.php to wipe and rebuild it. Ditto for searchindex.
Jan
10
comment Should the English website use href=“x-default” when it doesn't auto-redirect to the user's language or country?
What if I'm using a Spanish-language browser (maybe in an Internet cafe in Spain?) but I want to read your pages in English? Is there some link I can click, or am I SOL? (Ps. One reason I'm asking this is that I think the answer may affect the hreflang markup you should use.)
Jan
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
10
comment Blatant copyright theft
The GPL (v3, section 7) allows you to "supplement the terms of this License with terms [...] c) Prohibiting misrepresentation of the origin of that material, or requiring that modified versions of such material be marked in reasonable ways as different from the original version", but does not include such terms by itself. It does, however, require modified versions to include your copyright notice (sections 4 and 5).
Nov
10
comment Google indexes 301 source, with the destination content
@AlexisWilke: What I'm saying is that the reason this happens with TinyURL is that they (sometimes) include a 302 or other temporary redirect in the redirect chain. It does not, AFAIK, happen if only 301 redirects are involved, or at least it did not back when I wrote this answer. (That said, this is for TinyURL links that have always been redirects; I'm perfectly willing to believe that Google might be slow in updating their index, or that, as Stephen Ostermiller suggests, they might simply be treating the 301 as a 302 just because the target URL doesn't look like a permanent one.)
Oct
13
comment How to implement hreflang on a single domain?
+1 for the link.
Oct
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
26
awarded  Revival
Aug
27
comment How did Google find my unlinked newly created pages?
That's odd, then. Still, it only takes one link. You might want to look at the links to your wiki pages on GWT and see if you can spot any from outside the wiki.
Aug
27
comment How did Google find my unlinked newly created pages?
Actually, AFAIK, MediaWiki normally doesn't do that. But if you added the new pages to an existing wiki that Google knew about, then it could've reached them via any number of pages (e.g. Special:Recentchanges, Special:Allpages, Special:Random...).
Aug
27
comment How did Google find my unlinked newly created pages?
Are you using a CMS / wiki / blog / etc. platform of some kind? Some of those ping Google whenever you add new pages.
Aug
22
comment Adding direct advertisements to a mediawiki installation
I'm not sure why this was closed as "asking for recommendations", given that you explicitly say that you want to implement the ads yourself. Still, you question is kind of vague, but the general solution to "How do I add things to the sidebar?" is to use a SkinBuildSidebar hook.