On other Stack Exchange sites, a user profile contains a link to the meta user.

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Why doesn't the same link appear on Stack Overflow?

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Was recently removed, or was always been so?

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There have been a number of feature requests for this: e.g., meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/143550/… and its duplicate. –  jonsca Oct 1 '12 at 9:25
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It's always been this way, because the relationship between Meta Stack Overflow and Stack Overflow is different than the one between per-site metas and their parent sites (on many levels, but specifically on a technical one).

Adding such a link between Stack Overflow and this site would require special casing this oddball relationship, and I imagine it just hasn't made sense to do so. I'd have to double-check the proposed implementation, but it's possible this will resolve itself once the network-level Meta splits off into its own entity and Stack Overflow gets a "proper" per-site meta.

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I hadn't heard about this project to split meta between a proper meta.stackoverflow and what I understand as a meta.stackexchange. Is there a presentation somewhere ? –  dystroy Oct 1 '12 at 6:14
    
I right noticed something that would make it hard to implement the same link on Stack Overflow: on Drupal Answers, my user ID is both 199; on Stack Overflow, my user ID is different from the user ID I have on Meta Stack Overflow. –  kiamlaluno Oct 1 '12 at 6:14
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@kiamlaluno Right, all other sites on the network share users between their main and meta sites, whereas Meta Stack Overflow and Stack Overflow are completely separate except by name. –  Tim Stone Oct 1 '12 at 6:17
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