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Being the first and busiest site on the SE network, I suppose that there are some differences between Stack Overflow, and the rest of the sites. The one difference I'm aware of is the Interesting tab.

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There are lots of customizations that only apply to a subset of the SE sites; it's not just "SO" and "everyone else" – Michael Mrozek Jan 23 '11 at 20:15

Stack Overflow is running the same code as the rest* of the Stack Exchange sites.

There is, naturally, some degree of customization per-site.

On SO, you have:

  • the interesting tab (and no active tab, though you can still get at it for now)
    • meta.SO has [bugs] and [reqs] tabs, Stack Apps has the [apps] tab (I think that's it for custom tabs)
  • code syntax highlighting for basically all the languages supported by prettify
    • some SE sites have subsets of this (LaTeX on for instance)
  • User searching is a starts with match, rather than a contains (due to # of users)
  • Stack Overflow's meta is meta.SO, which is a fully fledged site
    • all other network sites have a "proper" meta, with synced accounts
    • ... except Stack Apps, which has no meta at all
  • Some of the social sharing stuff is suppressed
    • This is also true of all metas, SU, and SF
  • Ads are served
    • This is true of SU and SF too

Can't think of any other differences off the top of my head.

* and Area 51 are different code bases though.

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One more: different question sorting algorithm for the main page. – Tadeusz A. Kadłubowski Jan 23 '11 at 20:16
@Tadeusz - that's the difference between the interesting tab and the active tab, bullet #1. – Kevin Montrose Jan 23 '11 at 20:18

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