I am fairly new to Stack Overflow and just stumbled across Meta Stack Overflow.

I can't seem to figure out what the purpose of the "Meta" site is. Can someone please explain it to me?


Meta is the discussion about the discussion. In this context it is a Stack Exchange for Stack Exchanges, where you can ask questions about Stack Exchanges.

A slightly amusing point that this question could belong in the meta-meta stack exchange. To the tune of "What is the purpose of Meta Stack Exchanges?"

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    M E T A C E P T I O N
    – user102937
    Apr 4 '13 at 20:08
  • Got it - Enjoyed the humour also!
    – G-J
    Apr 4 '13 at 20:12
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    Meta is its own Meta.
    – jscs
    Apr 4 '13 at 20:12

Stack Overflow is for Q&A site about programming, while Meta.StackOverflow is a Q&A about Stack Overflow.

Technically speaking, it's also a Q&A site about the entire Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites.

They started expanding and creating Q&A sites for other topics than just programming, and still haven't gotten around to separating the "Q&A about Stack Overflow" content from the "Q&A about all Stack Exchange sites" content.

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