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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?

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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
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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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