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bio website balpha.de
location Berlin, Germany
age 34
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seen Jan 3 at 19:24

My name is Benjamin Dumke-von der Ehe. I am Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00007, which is just a confusing way of saying that I work as a developer for Stack Exchange.

I am @balpha on Twitter. My blog's "about" page explains the origin of my user name.

I am the creator of Unicornify, the service that gives you these lovable creatures:

I also created Lyfe, a small library adding yield-based generators to JavaScript, and Not a Real Question, a little game that's played with data from various Stack Exchange sites.

I sometimes have a strange sense of humor, but I also like to explain things I fix, break, care about, or come up with.


Jun
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awarded  Enlightened
Jun
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
12
awarded  Announcer
Apr
12
comment Letting search engines know that different links to identical pages stress different parts of the page
This creates memories of bad "Hello Googler, I see you're searching for X" sites -- but yes, it's an nice workaround. Of course, I'd also love that Google knows the relevant part of the page, but the idea is certainly interesting.
Apr
12
awarded  Yearling
Apr
12
awarded  Student
Apr
12
asked Letting search engines know that different links to identical pages stress different parts of the page
Aug
11
comment Best Modifier Key Combination for Web Shortcuts
@Mikhail: I'm aware of that, but I don't agree with that logic -- after all, J is to the left of K. For me, if J is "down", then U has to be "up". But I suppose I'll get used to it :)
Aug
11
awarded  Editor
Aug
11
revised Best Modifier Key Combination for Web Shortcuts
added 3 characters in body
Aug
11
awarded  Teacher
Aug
11
answered Best Modifier Key Combination for Web Shortcuts
Jul
13
awarded  Quorum
May
17
comment Does a site's bounce rate influence Google rankings?
@MikeHudson: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/26964/…
Jan
10
comment When is meta description still relevant?
Are you asking about the Stack Exchange sites in particular, or generally? It probably depends on the actual site if Google can generate a meaningful description on its own.
Jul
19
comment How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?
Also, always give the user the choice, no matter what their headers say -- I often switch back to English when being offered the German version, either because the translation is so awful, or because it's easier to read in English (MSDN, for example -- all the code is in English, so having the text in German means more context switching)
Jul
17
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
17
awarded  Supporter