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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'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:

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.


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.
Aug
22
comment One million redirects
+1. Of course, if you can write a program to generate the new URLs from the old ones, then you won't even need to store them in a database. (Also, if you do use a database, creating an index on the old URL column is highly recommended...)
Jul
24
comment With Robots.txt disallow all, why was my site still getting traffic?
Related, possibly duplicate: Why do Google search results include pages disallowed in robots.txt? (Disclosure: Asked and answered by me.)
Jul
22
revised Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes
edited tags
Jul
21
comment How to implement an unspammable email address
In that case, ignore the lower part of my answer.
Jul
20
answered How to implement an unspammable email address
Jul
3
answered Why old (301) links stay on Google when breaking site down to multiple domains
Jul
3
answered How secure is a static CAPTCHA?
Jul
1
comment .htaccess file to implement multiple redirects
No, not without more information from you, I can't. Answer me this: Imagine that I'm your webserver. Given the URL domain.com/my-new-page, how am I supposed to tell that it should be rewritten to manual-page.php rather than to flights.php? If you can tell me that, maybe I can tell you how to program your actual webserver to do it.