Very small new feature. You can now sign up for an account over on the discussion groups. When you're logged on, a little green checkbox appears next to your name. You can also star favorite articles and return to them quickly later.
The software running the discussion groups is our in-house, under-development, unannounced version of FogBugz 6, which will be going to beta later this summer, and we're rolling it out now as a part of our continuing efforts to eat our own dogfood.
Q: Is this required? Do I need an account to post?
A: Not at this point. Totally optional.
Q: Is it free?
Q: Do I have to identify myself?
A: You have to provide a real email address where you can receive email. Use mailinator if this bothers you.
Q: Who's the kiwi!
A: SHHHHHHH!! TOP SECRET! do NOT talk about the kiwi.
You’re reading Joel on Software, stuffed with years and years of completely raving mad articles about software development, managing software teams, designing user interfaces, running successful software companies, and rubber duckies.
I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, easy web-based collaboration software, FogBugz, an enlightened bug tracking and software development tool, and Kiln, a distributed source control system that will blow your socks off. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.