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I am fairly new to Stack Overflow and just stumbled across Meta Stack Overflow.

I can't seem to figure out what the purpose of the "Meta" site is. Can someone please explain it to me?

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marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, random Apr 4 '13 at 20:13

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meta.stackoverflow.com/about – Clive Apr 4 '13 at 20:01
meta.stackoverflow.com/faq – Bart Apr 4 '13 at 20:03
The word itself means "self-referential." In computing, metadata means data about data. So Meta Stack Overflow is a site where you can ask questions about Stack Overflow. – Robert Harvey Apr 4 '13 at 20:03
Meta means murder – juergen d Apr 4 '13 at 20:05
@juergend: From the mouth of the guy who finally relented, allowed this site to happen, and then unequivocally stated that it was the best decision they ever made. – Robert Harvey Apr 4 '13 at 20:07
Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/171300/… – Bart Apr 4 '13 at 20:07
Not sure if attempt at April Fool or legit! – hjpotter92 Apr 4 '13 at 20:11
Ok - So the question is a duplicate. I tried several different searches and neither of those questions came up. The original question stated that also... until someone edited it and removed that info. – G-J Apr 4 '13 at 20:19
What search terms did you use? – random Apr 4 '13 at 20:21
This question should be on meta.meta.stackoverflow.com – Cole Johnson Apr 5 '13 at 2:44

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Meta is the discussion about the discussion. In this context it is a Stack Exchange for Stack Exchanges, where you can ask questions about Stack Exchanges.

A slightly amusing point that this question could belong in the meta-meta stack exchange. To the tune of "What is the purpose of Meta Stack Exchanges?"

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M E T A C E P T I O N – Robert Harvey Apr 4 '13 at 20:08
Got it - Enjoyed the humour also! – G-J Apr 4 '13 at 20:12
Meta is its own Meta. – Josh Caswell Apr 4 '13 at 20:12

Stack Overflow is for Q&A site about programming, while Meta.StackOverflow is a Q&A about Stack Overflow.

Technically speaking, it's also a Q&A site about the entire Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites.

They started expanding and creating Q&A sites for other topics than just programming, and still haven't gotten around to separating the "Q&A about Stack Overflow" content from the "Q&A about all Stack Exchange sites" content.

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