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Well, I just want to know a little bit more about the "why" this was created. The name of StackOverflow was designed because of the related informatic problem, but why this one?

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marked as duplicate by hammar, LittleBobbyTables, Bill the Lizard May 24 '13 at 13:59

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Because was just too long, and frankly, that meme had been worn out. – LittleBobbyTables May 24 '13 at 13:56
@Jim, for what it's worth, You don't exist, go away is an actual error message emitted on some UNIX platforms when the current user is not found in /etc/passwd. It was probably not intended to be hostile, and it may not be necessary to edit it out. – Frédéric Hamidi May 24 '13 at 14:05
@FrédéricHamidi It got ninja-edited between the time I loaded the page and saved my edit - I didn't even know it was there until I saw your comment and checked the history. – yoozer8 May 24 '13 at 15:14
It's okay, I know I'm a good ninja. I'll add it back for you ^^ – Xaltar May 24 '13 at 15:17
up vote 9 down vote accepted

One of the founders of the site held a poll on his blog and Stack Overflow was the winner.

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Let's ask our friends at Wikipedia :)

The name for the website was chosen by voting in April 2008 by readers of Coding Horror, Atwood's popular programming blog.

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