How Does Spam Protection Work On Stack Exchange?
tl;dr: A layered approach using HTTP errors, IP blocked and spam-flags, used in tandem with a custom bot called "SmokeDetector, which "looks for spam and feeds it into chatrooms where waiting users can spam-flag it."
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Architecture Jams: A Collaborative Way Of Designing Software
tl;dr: Gergely provides a useful framework for how to conduct jams, starting with (1) be mindful of who you invite (2) start with the goal (3) lay out constraints and principles.
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Rebuilding Our Tech Stack For A New Facebook.com
tl;dr: The FB team built a client driven app anchoring the rebuild with 2 mantras. (1) As little as possible, as early as possible, (2) engineering experience in service of user experience.
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The Elephant In The Architecture
tl;dr: Asked to perform assessments on architecture, the question that doesn't come up is "how different systems contribute to business value, and how this value interacts with these other architectural attributes."
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Simple Systems Have Less Downtime
tl;dr: Easier to manage, simpler systems require less proficiency and troubleshooting, and provide more alternatives. The post outlines three principles of simple systems.
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What Is A Software Architect?
tl;dr: A comprehensive guide - what an architect is, various levels of architecture, typical activities, important skills, suggested books and more.
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The Myth Of Architect As Chess Master
tl;dr: While the rules of chess are consistent, the rules of software are not. To be an architect, you need to understand the specific "game you're in" - the business drivers, risks, technical constraints, integrations, trade-offs, and so on.
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