Clearly it isn't a question, but it seems somehow appropriate that the original author of the C programming language be commemorated in some fashion on StackExchange, and Programmers is the least off-topic site.

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This is already being address on Meta Stack Overflow with respect to a message on the network.

Personally I didn't think that the Steve Jobs message was appropriate, but I don't own the network.

As to your question about asking a question, then no, that wouldn't be appropriate at all. At best it's too localised.

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    Dennis Ritchie localised. As in there is no C code orbiting uranus? There is C code orbiting every other planet in the solar system, and, running on every continent, country, sea and ocean. Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 3:01
  • @JamesAnderson - I was thinking about the "moment in time" aspect in particular.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 8:12
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    temporal localisation -- I get it! Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 8:19

How about a "What was your first real C program".

It is answerable although the answers might not be considered useful, there, are bound to be some interesting answers.

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    "Getting to know you"-style questions are not on-topic here.
    – user8
    Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 2:50

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