I see that the 50.000 question target is very near. There are fewer than 40 questions left. Are we planning any festivities for this tremendous target?
The horrible cynic in me is doing a jig right now entertaining the prospect of making a fuss over a question such as
- Can I start a sentence with the word "..."?
- what's a synonym for "play" (no other explanation)?
- Is "us" right in this sentence: "They and us went to lunch?"
- Is this sentence correct? (proofread, please)
- Why don't Americans pronounce the 'r' in (alright/around/contract/horrible)?
- Whats a single word for falling off a ladder because one of the rungs was loose?
- Do I use "is" or "are" here?
- what's the difference between "to die of" and "to die from"?
No, I don't think we should do so, not only because the question might get placed on hold (Hooray! Our 50,000th question - unfortunately on hold - was posted today!!!) or down voted (Hooray! Our 50,000th question - unfortunately now at -3 - was posted today!!!) or closed (Hooray! Our 50,000th question - unfortunately a dupe - was posted today!!!) , but can you imagine the quality of the flood of questions we will get when we hit 49,998?
I propose instead that we upvote good questions, downvote really bad ones, close those which deserve to be closed, edit those we can improve, answer those we can, etc. etc. In other words, go about the business of making this a useful site.
When we have 50,000 great questions here, that will be a real reason to celebrate.
(Feel free to call me any names that apply: cynic, curmudgeon, pessimist, defeatist, killjoy, etc. Though in general I am not so much of one, I won't argue here.)
I propose celebrating this mathematically arbitrary milestone by requiring John Lawler (who states in his profile "I enjoy answering questions") to supply the two answers that would officially bring his total to precisely 1,000.