Documentation of StackOverflow is finally gone, and I am happy about it. StackOverflow was meant to be a Q/A site, and it is, in fact, the top site in its category. But Docs is not something it should be doing. Every project have their own documentation which is good in itself.

I want to express the feeling that I'm happy it is gone. Happy is so generic for this. Grin is also not one of it. Please also note that I have a negative context.

And please, I really like SO, I don't hate it. I just want to improve my vocab.


This question is not as same as What do you call a person who takes pleasure in the success of others? because that question completely different. It deals with happiness which is caused by the success of others, and this question is more like happiness in the failure of others.

  • How could be a duplicate of that question, I'm not taking pleasure in success, rather pleasure in failure. Edited question for the explanation. Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 16:22
  • Oops, you are totally right, my close vote retracted. There are approximately 150 question already with Schadenfreude in the question or answer ... trust me to pick the one for my close vote looking for an antonym of Schadenfreude ! Anyway I still think there are plenty of dups to choose.
    – k1eran
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 16:28
  • Oh, I didn't know. Makes me kinda sad.
    – IS4
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 23:45
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    This has to be a duplicate of something. There are 143 hits for schadenfreude.
    – Patrick M
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 0:23
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    Honestly this question shows no real effort to look for an answer. Simply looking up Word for happiness in others failure (which is basically the title of this question) gives “schadenfreude” as the first two hits. EDIT: found the dupe (fourth hit on google): english.stackexchange.com/q/43771
    – Daniel
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 4:23

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The word you're looking for might be:


Definition by Merriam-Webster:

enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

Definition by dirctionary.com:


  1. satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
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    youtube.com/watch?v=nCQGQ5qBQTA (don't listen to this song at work, though) Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 15:04
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    Tho' in the specific case of SO Docs, there really isn't any "trouble of others" (one would hope). Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 15:53
  • I think this would be a great answer for a German stack exchange, but it's not really in wide usage in English.
    – Don Jewett
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 22:36
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    @DonJewett On the contrary, it has become a pretty popular loanword lately. I know that I have heard it a few times from English speakers. I just don't think it is a good fit for the OP's specific situation since SO Documentation isn't a person. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 0:19
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    @KodosJohnson Google Trends. It was quite popular in November 2016. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 1:35

While it does not name the emotion itself, a common saying in this sort of circumstance is good riddance. "Riddance" means (OED)

A deliverance or relief which consists in getting rid of something. Frequently with modifying adjective, as good, happy, etc.

In context:

S. Rushdie, Satanic Verses i. iv. 79: "He was glad to have seen the back of his badly behaved colleagues; good riddance to bad rubbish, he thought."

The extended phrase good riddance to bad rubbish is also in frequent usage, though my impression is that it is more common in British English than in American English. Someone who says "good riddance" upon learning that they are rid of something is very obviously happy that it is gone.

  • Said phrase was culturally appropriated by Green Day. :-) Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 15:52

If your joy is derived in large part from being right about thinking that it would be a failure, I might go with vindicated:

vindicate VERB
1 Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.
1.1 Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified. 'more sober views were vindicated by events'

It's that later definition which you're invoking. You had a point of view (that StackOverflow shouldn't be doing documentation). However, other people didn't necessarily agree with your point of view. Now that it has failed, you are happy that your original prediction turned out to be correct. As such, you were shown to be right, reasonable and justified in your beliefs and predictions, and thus were vindicated.

While not directly an emotion word (it doesn't strictly speaking have anything to do with happiness), the feeling of happiness at being proved right is universal enough that the word "vindication" carries with it a positive connotation. A native English speaker, when hearing "I felt vindicated when StackOverflow Documentation failed", would understand it to mean that you were happy at StackOverflow Documentation's failure.


I like Gratifying.

Gratifying: giving pleasure or satisfaction. [Webster's]

Gratifying is nice because it has the potential for negative connotations.

(positive) My promotion was gratifying because I worked really hard for it.

(negative) Watching the bully fall down the stairs was totally gratifying.


I expect that you are feeling relief with the decision, which one can argue is not relief because of some failure, but rather relief in response to a successful return to core principles.

NOUN [mass noun]
1 A feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.
‘much to her relief, she saw the door open’

  • I want to express the feeling that I'm happy it is gone. - I'd appreciate the downvoters explaining why relief doesn't answer this question (which is different from the title of the post).
    – Davo
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 19:07

To Gloat, or Gloating

  1. To exhibit a conspicuous (sometimes malevolent) pleasure or sense of self-satisfaction, often at an adversary's misfortune.
  2. To triumph, crow, relish, glory, revel in.

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