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I'd like to know how Stack Overflow and other sites started - which was first, who initiated it (OK, that's on the link below) and why, how the different sites evolved, how the rules evolved, etc.

Where can I find such information?

Of course, I know I can look at Wikipedia for a brief overview but I'm wondering if there is info on this site, particularly more detailed..

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I actually started working on improving the Wikipedia page of StackOverflow if anyone has any info to contribute.. –  dcc Jun 2 at 7:29

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The best place to start is the old episodes of the podcast. They trace the early history in some detail. The old articles on the blog will also have a lot of the information you're after. A lot of the history of how the rules evolved is right here on meta.

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Those are two very cool links - thanks! I especially like that you can easily go right back to the early history (e.g. the logo competition). –  Wikis Jul 23 '10 at 12:10

I'm not old enough to have used it myself, but you might want to check out UserVoice, which was in many ways the predecessor of Meta.

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I didn't know about UserVoice - thanks. –  Wikis Jul 23 '10 at 12:08
    
I always forget about UserVoice. :) –  Bill the Lizard Jul 23 '10 at 12:10
    
@Bill I didn't realize UserVoice was still up. –  devinb Jul 23 '10 at 12:11
    
@devinb: Me either. I didn't use it much to begin with, but I haven't visited since I got the email inviting me to meta. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 23 '10 at 12:17
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I try to forget about UserVoice, but the trauma is still to raw... –  dmckee Jul 23 '10 at 20:38

Here's the original blog post on Coding Horror that resulted in the naming of StackOverflow: http://blog.codinghorror.com/help-name-our-website/

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This is an old thread (historical?), but I was looking for the same question. I also suggest visiting The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. It's neat to see old versions of the site.

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