This is something we should flag early if we want to do something in time for when it happens: the tenth anniversary of Physics Stack Exchange will happen in three months.

Specifically, the private beta started on 2 November 2010 and the public beta started on 9 November 2010.

So: do we want to do something to celebrate that fact? (For comparison, MO turned ten last year; this thread and this one show what happened.)

Given that everybody who answered the question "where do you see yourself in five years" in 2015 got it massively wrong, I don't think that in-person meetups are appropriate at this time. But maybe we can organize some form of video meetup? Or, failing that, just organizing some tenth-anniversary celebratory swag?

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    $\begingroup$ interesting how this post physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/4382 of 7yrs ago refers to cluttering with 40 questions per day. We all well beyond that in all and every sense. $\endgroup$ Aug 5, 2020 at 16:32
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    $\begingroup$ Good idea. They unfortunately didn't do it on Stack Overflow (only mentioned weeks or months after). It was a missed opportunity to reflect on the history of the site and remind people why it existed in the first place (Eternal September and all). $\endgroup$ Aug 5, 2020 at 18:18
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, this should be celebratory, infact everyone should get bonus rep :P $\endgroup$
    – Dorothea
    Aug 5, 2020 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ Where is this 2015 post about "where you see yourself in 5 years"? $\endgroup$ Aug 12, 2020 at 21:42
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    $\begingroup$ @StevenSagona I don't think that post exists. I think Emilio means that none of us would've said five years ago that we would be in the middle of a pandemic today. $\endgroup$
    – Urb
    Aug 13, 2020 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ A bit O/T: where can a member see when he/she joined P.SE? $\endgroup$
    – Gert
    Aug 14, 2020 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Gert Just go to your profile. you can see how long ago you joined. But it's not precise. (e.g. mine says 2 years and 8 months ago) $\endgroup$ Aug 14, 2020 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ @BioPhysicist The tooltip on the Member for datum on the profile, like most other timing information on SE, has a precise timestamp, down to the second, of when the account was created. For yours, it reports 2017-12-19 19:45:41 UTC. $\endgroup$ Aug 14, 2020 at 16:01
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    $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty Thanks. I figured there was a way to access it. I wasn't trying to suggest there was no way to get the exact time. $\endgroup$ Aug 14, 2020 at 16:02
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    $\begingroup$ Answering high-scoring, unanswered questions (examples 1, 2), from years back could be considered celebrating the past, perhaps there can be a combined effort on this. $\endgroup$
    – Mast
    Aug 31, 2020 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty anything going on that front? $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2020 at 19:17

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I guess I'll kick it off with an idea: how about a chat session or two? I know we don't have regular chat sessions like we used to, but perhaps just a time at which anyone interested can converge in the chat room to exchange stories or whatever they like.

I'm not necessarily saying that this would be better than a video meetup or any of the other ideas, but I figure it is something that would be kind of on theme for us, and probably wouldn't be hard to organize.

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    $\begingroup$ Though I certainly hope this isn't the only answer that gets posted... $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Aug 9, 2020 at 2:18

Here are a few ideas off the top of my head:

  • Maybe we can revisit the top few questions from each year and have a discussion on them?
  • Perhaps have a separate chat room where people post how their lives have changed in the past ten years.
  • Those with access to site analytics maybe can share a glimpse of the growth?

Don’t know how feasible these ideas are. But regardless, celebratory swag should happen!


Because Monday November 2nd 2020 is just 1 day before the US election, it is perhaps better to officially celebrate the 10th anniversary of Phys.SE on Monday November 9th 2020?


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