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community January 13, 2022

Stack Gives Back 2021

One of our most loved traditions is Stack Gives Back. Every year since 2009, we've surveyed Stack Exchange moderators about charities they would like to support and then donated $100 on behalf of each moderator.
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Manager, Community Management Team
code-for-a-living December 31, 2021

700,000 lines of code, 20 years, and one developer: How Dwarf Fortress is built

Dwarf Fortress is one of those oddball passion projects that’s broken into Internet consciousness. It’s a free game where you play either an adventurer or a fortress full of dwarves in a randomly generated fantasy world. The simulation runs deep, with new games creating multiple civilizations with histories, mythologies, and artifacts. I reached out to him to see how he’s managed a single, growing codebase over 15+ years, the perils of pathing, and debugging dead cats. Our conversation below has been edited for clarity.