At the beginning of this year, there was a major change in the /about pages for all (at least the ones that I frequent) SE sites. However, I've noticed that we no longer sport the SE Venn Euler diagram:

SE Venn

Was there a particular reason that we abandoned displaying this? I actually found it rather informative to point to new users when explaining what we are.

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    Just to be pedantic it's a Euler Diagram May 1, 2013 at 14:30
  • Well, it's still the cover picture of the facebook page :) May 1, 2013 at 14:42
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    Just to be pedantic it's an Euler Diagram ;) May 1, 2013 at 14:43
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    @acheong87: Yeah, I'd disagree. "Euler" starts with a hard "Y" sound, so "a" would be the proper indefinite article. </pedant>
    – ale
    May 1, 2013 at 14:45
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    @AlEverett If you mispronounce the German name, that is indeed the case. ;)
    – Bart
    May 1, 2013 at 14:47
  • @Bart: Hey! I'm a Merkin! Don't tell me how to pronounce a German name!
    – ale
    May 1, 2013 at 14:48
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    I'm really confused; how does Euler sound in American? I would pronounce Euler, Oiler (assuming you'd pronounce that the same as me!), unlike other words starting with eu like, for instance, eucalyptus, which is pronounced ucalyptus @AlEverett. May 1, 2013 at 14:54
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    I've always pronounced and heard it as You-Ler whether right or wrong. May 1, 2013 at 14:58
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    Pronounced oi-ler; German, Swedish oi-luhr
    – JonW
    May 1, 2013 at 15:26
  • I'm with KronoS. 'Round these parts, it'd be pronounced YOOler.
    – ale
    May 1, 2013 at 15:44
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    I'm pretty sure it's "Oiler" - I had a Math Professor who'd studied in Germany, and insisted that was the correct pronunciation. Also: English: /ˈɔɪlər/, similarly to 'oiler' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonhard_Euler May 1, 2013 at 16:04
  • Yooler, Oiler, Potaito, Potahto, doesn’t matter. This is a Venn diagram anyway. The Euler diagram wouldn’t have the empty areas. May 17, 2018 at 13:48

2 Answers 2


Do not be alarmed - there is a "secret" way you can see the existing SE Venn Euler diagram in its full glory. It requires a little bit of inspection, but it's there. Kudos goes to the first person to find this hidden gem.

  • I think I figured it out, but it looks like it won't work on Chrome :S May 1, 2013 at 14:54
  • @Manishearth nope, it works in chrome May 1, 2013 at 14:54
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    Too easy. up up down down left right left right B A enter. May 1, 2013 at 14:57
  • Just got it!!!! I was looking at the iphone code and wondering how to make it happen without a touch device :P Didn't notice the pattern. Great easter egg! :D May 1, 2013 at 14:57
  • @ShaWizDowArd: Damn you, wizard! May 1, 2013 at 14:58
  • @Manishearth yep, it's just a Konami code. See it in action :) May 1, 2013 at 15:00
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    @ShaWizDowArd: I figured that out long ago. Just didn't figure out that I had to hit enter -- on the iPhone you have to enter the Konami code by tapping/dragging. May 1, 2013 at 15:02
  • @Manishearth wait?! You can do it on the iPhone? May 1, 2013 at 15:04
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    @KronoS: tap-drag up, tap-drag up (,down,down,left,right,left,right), and then tap thrice. May 1, 2013 at 15:05
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    @Manishearth you're iWizard! May 1, 2013 at 15:07
  • @Geoff now where's my secret badge? :D May 1, 2013 at 15:12
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    @ShaWizDowArd badge? who said anything about a badge, but Kudos to you. May 1, 2013 at 15:14
  • @GeoffDalgas just kidding of course. :) May 1, 2013 at 15:18
  • TL is disappointed by the easter egg. Could it be made awesomer? May 1, 2013 at 15:22
  • @Manishearth I can't get it to work on my iPhone... I thinking you're lying ;P May 1, 2013 at 15:25

To answer the question, I believe the explanation is in this answer by Shog9.

While no direct reference to that diagram, he does explain the main goal was to keep the new About page short and clear. The diagram was "nice to have" but not enough to justify adding it on top of the About page in addition to the short description of what Stack Overflow is.

Just my personal impression, hopefully Shog9 himself will give a better answer. :)

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