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I was watching the 1999 classic "Pirates of Silicon Valley", and, in a shot showing Bill Gates programming windows, this screen comes up.

Just wondering if this film had anything to with the naming of the site. Curious that's all :-)

I know it's a fairly common error in C/C++. Either way, it's a humourous reference.

Stack Overflow

This originally comes from a closed SO post.
It was suggested on SO I ask it here.

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I don't think stack overflow errors are that common, with many people shying away from recursion and all. – R. Martinho Fernandes Nov 21 '09 at 22:02
that's gotta be faked... everybody knows DOS only had upper-case letters :) – quack quixote Nov 21 '09 at 22:05
Why didn't they just migrate it if the comments all talk about it better being on Meta? – random Nov 21 '09 at 22:54
That overlay is in the wrong font, and it should be the same size as all of the rest of the screen, since the display is in text mode. – Brad Gilbert Nov 22 '09 at 5:20
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Jeff held a Help Name Our Website contest and Stack Overflow was the name that was most voted upon.

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I severely doubt it. Simply; it is common enough to be understood my devs, quite catchy, and wasn't taken. I don't speak for the actual team's decision, of course - this is just my understanding.

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