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I do not see a meta tag with description in the source code of stackoverflow.com. But searching for stackoverflow on google, shows the following description.

A language-independent collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers.

stackoverflow google search

The bing search has an extra line.

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See How to programmatically provide site structure and url path to Google search.

The text is taken from the DMOZ entry for Stack Overflow:

A language-independent collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers.

Apparently, Bing uses a different entry from DMOZ instead:

A language-independent collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers. Questions and answers displayed by user votes and tags.

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