We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today!

If you can find your name among the top 72 users in the first two pages here, we have a surprise for you! We want to send you a token of our appreciation for being among the most prolific users in this community! As such, we're sending you a little box, inside which you'll find:





I'll be reaching out to you shortly with a link to a form: be sure to fill out the form as soon as you're able to do so! You'll have two weeks to do it, after which I'll close the form and take care of sending all of the swag your way! It should take from 6 to 8 weeks for the package to be delivered to you!

If you're not on the list, don't worry too much about it — we've got some extra swag stored we can send to you for events and such!

Thanks to all of you for making this site great!

Update 10/17/2016: The swag is shipped out of the warehouse! Enjoy!

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    $\begingroup$ Big smile. This is a great surprise! $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Aug 1 '16 at 17:15
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    $\begingroup$ I feel so bad for rand al'thor and the 73th place :P $\endgroup$ – user14478 Aug 1 '16 at 17:26
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    $\begingroup$ Right,... Whatever got him temporarilly suspended, rand al'thor surely contributed a lot to the success of this site (and heated discussions). $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Aug 1 '16 at 17:48
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    $\begingroup$ @LuxxMiner Good point, we don't usually have high-rep suspended users when we run these, but I've put his name into the list manually. $\endgroup$ – animuson Aug 1 '16 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ @ABcDexter Well, they have been active and therefore earned their place, I think. I'm more worried about "cheap rep" outweighting "quality rep", but in the end: It's a gift, so no questions asked! (Oh, and if they are very inactive now, they will miss out anyway ;c)) $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Aug 1 '16 at 17:50
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    $\begingroup$ Stickers are love, stickers are life. $\endgroup$ – user20 Aug 1 '16 at 18:06
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    $\begingroup$ I feel bad for the user in 73rd place $\endgroup$ – Anthony Pham Aug 1 '16 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ I've been waiting for this. The only reason I signup for SE beta websites is to earn enough fake internet points until graduation so I can get a free t-shirt and avoid buying t-shirts. It's totally worth it. $\endgroup$ – Marius Aug 2 '16 at 5:18
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    $\begingroup$ T-shirts? How Awesome! Nice Keepsakes, Sir! $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 2 '16 at 7:48
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    $\begingroup$ :O I'm in the list! This is the first time I've ever won anything! I'd like to thank my mother, and the moderators, and my pet turtle $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat Aug 2 '16 at 8:10
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    $\begingroup$ It feels too good to be on the second from the last on that list. $\endgroup$ – manshu Aug 2 '16 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Avigrail That's a great point, we do ignore rep lost to bounties and it would be nice to include that into our selection process somehow, but it'd also make it harder to audit. It's very easy to just say "everyone on the first 2 pages" - there's a definitive cut-off and it's easy to see where you needed to be. Including users from other pages based on information not easily accessible on-site would make things rather confusing. Not to say we'll never do it, but it's something to think about. Also of note, adding in the bounties you've given away wouldn't actually put you in the top 72 here. $\endgroup$ – animuson Aug 2 '16 at 17:01
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    $\begingroup$ @LogicianWithAHat hey its me ur brother $\endgroup$ – haykam Aug 2 '16 at 17:53
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    $\begingroup$ If there was a Stack Exchange gift shop, I'd surely buy that T-shirt. $\endgroup$ – haykam Aug 2 '16 at 17:53
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    $\begingroup$ I thought the box would at least have some puzzles to be solved that would get you to the next location, where in turns you will get more clues in envelopes, and ... Oh, this is a prize, not a treasure hunt, right. haha $\endgroup$ – justhalf Aug 8 '16 at 3:39

Received my shirt/stickers late last week, and I have since realised that:

  1. This post is going to be left, just hanging here indefinitely, with no "answer"
  2. It feels weird to get stuff for free without actually acknowledging it

So, on behalf of Puzzling.SE:

Thanks to the Stack Overflow team for creating the platform that has allowed this community to thrive, even if we are the black sheep of the family and are constantly breaking the conventions upon which the whole network was created.

And, on behalf of the chosen 72:

Thanks for the swag!

Nice shirt!
Artist's impression (stickers not to scale).

  • $\begingroup$ You are awesome :) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Oct 31 '16 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ Can I just say, you handsome devil :-P (Also, grrr, why haven't I got my swag yet?) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 31 '16 at 22:31
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor - Thanks. I've been working out. :) (and re: your swag, not sure where it shipped from, but I would've thought it'd reach you before me...) $\endgroup$ – Alconja Oct 31 '16 at 22:53
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    $\begingroup$ ohh..so that's that PC you use to design your puzzles. :-p $\endgroup$ – manshu Nov 3 '16 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ Finally feel I can upvote this answer now that mine has also arrived. Thanks to @animuson and SE! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 13 '16 at 19:02

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