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Meta Stack Overflow is great; it gives you a chance to talk about Stack Overflow in a disconnected forum so that you don't have to break the fight club rules of talking about Stack Overflow on Stack Overflow. (http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/06/cmon-get-meta/)

But what about the cases when you want to talk about Meta Stack Overflow? I would assume that the same rules apply in that you cannot talk about Meta on Meta. So where is a guy to go?

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given a meta-level of n, the statement that discusses it is n+1, and this statement thus generalizes all depths of meta recursively within itself. Its a miracle I just didn't accidenty the universe with infinite meta multiplying by itself infinite numbers of times. – Kent Fredric Jun 29 '09 at 23:26
What kind of things do you want to talk about? You know you can break some recursion with tail calls - you implicitly replace your current frame with the next frame yielding practically the same level? – akarnokd Jul 13 '09 at 22:21
+1 You just caused a Stack Overflow of Stack Overflows. – Andrew Grimm Jul 31 '10 at 6:24
ok this might not be a serious comment but meta of meta itself will be leading to stackoverflow (never ending :) ). so i guess questions about meta should be there in Stackoverflow... – Umer Jan 19 '11 at 14:04
@Umer: See my answer Jun 29 '09 at 12:58. – Steve Powell Apr 28 '11 at 14:48
Infinite recursion leads to inception.... and stackoverflow – un5t0ppab13 Oct 30 '12 at 22:14

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The big problem we ran into, actually, was meta-discussion overwhelming the channel. Every new person wanted to speculate about the rules and their effect, and every violation was followed by a long postmortem. At first, we had a scoreboard showing who was the best at talking without violation, but this quickly turned into a competition, destroying actual chat. When we took down the scoreboard and banished meta-discussion of the channel to #meta-discussion, everything worked out nicely. (And, of course, for discussion of the concept of #meta-discussion people had to go to #meta-meta-discussion, and for chat about how silly that whole idea was, we created #meta-meta-meta-discussion …)

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Well it's pretty obvious where THAT line of inquiry will go :P

I'd assume that any meta-level is allowed on meta.stackoverflow.com

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meta can be called recursively, yielding meta-meta-meta-meta-meta-....

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"meta can be called recursively, yielding meta-meta-meta-meta-meta-" Surely that would become a real Stack Overflow after a while :) – johnc Jun 28 '09 at 22:37
Is there a limit on the number of characters a domain (including subdomains) can have? – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Mar 19 '10 at 1:43
Offtopic: An example of a long domain name: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445… – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Mar 19 '10 at 1:43

Voted the question up for the humor. Humor is not present enough on SO if you ask me.

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i r serious cat is1.okcupid.com/users/410/202/4102022445444324283/… – jason Jul 30 '09 at 0:00
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. – nicael Apr 3 at 17:03

"Where do we go to discuss StackOverflow?"

"Meta StackOverflow."

"And to discuss that?"

"Meta meta StackOverflow!"

"...And that?"

"Good god man it's metas all the way down!"

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oh, come on -- meta-meta-SO is meta as well, therefore it belongs here as well. :-)

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Correct me if I'm wrong but there is no rule that you're not allowed to talk about Meta-StackOverflow on StackOverflow?

This would allow meta**(2n+1)-stackoverflow discussion here, and meta**(2n)-stackoverflow discussion on stackoverflow.

Loops are far more efficient than recursion and we avoid stack overflow, too!

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By the way, the highlighting markup (underscores and asterisks) don't work in the dynamic preview the same way as in the post. This is annoying. – Steve Powell Jun 29 '09 at 13:00
It would be off-topic, though. – Joe Z. Dec 22 '12 at 21:38

One meta level in any system is all you ever need for unbounded recursion. e.g., higher-order logic can be used to reason about higher-order-logic constructs as well as first-order logic.

meta.stackoverflow implies meta(.meta)*.stackoverflow

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When i first came to StackExchange sites, i assumed that http://stackexchange.com is a meta for its every site. I would really want it to be this all-encompassing meta with tags or categories like [ask-ubuntu] and [superuser] to navigate between sites. Currently http://stackexchange.com is useless for me with its "Top questions" from topics i have no idea about like Bible hermeneutics.

That is my solution.

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Have you seen Kevin's excellent answer on Stack Exchange tag filters? Is that what you're looking for? – Chris Frederick Oct 26 '11 at 15:45
Kevin's post is very good, but i meant that there's too many meta sites, which in theory can be united in one stackexchange meta site for greater convenience. – Mirzhan Irkegulov Oct 27 '11 at 4:54

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