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 – Some Helpful Commenter May 1 '13 at 14:30
  • Well, it's still the cover picture of the facebook page :) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 1 '13 at 14:42
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    Just to be pedantic it's an Euler Diagram ;) – Andrew Cheong May 1 '13 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 '13 at 14:45
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    @AlEverett If you mispronounce the German name, that is indeed the case. ;) – Bart May 1 '13 at 14:47
  • @Bart: Hey! I'm a Merkin! Don't tell me how to pronounce a German name! – ale May 1 '13 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. – ben is uǝq backwards May 1 '13 at 14:54
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    I've always pronounced and heard it as You-Ler whether right or wrong. – James Mertz May 1 '13 at 14:58
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    Pronounced oi-ler; German, Swedish oi-luhr – JonW May 1 '13 at 15:26
  • I'm with KronoS. 'Round these parts, it'd be pronounced YOOler. – ale May 1 '13 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 – Adam Rackis May 1 '13 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. – Cris Luengo May 17 '18 at 13:48

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.

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  • I think I figured it out, but it looks like it won't work on Chrome :S – Manishearth May 1 '13 at 14:54
  • @Manishearth nope, it works in chrome – Geoff Dalgas May 1 '13 at 14:54
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    Too easy. up up down down left right left right B A enter. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 1 '13 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 – Manishearth May 1 '13 at 14:57
  • @ShaWizDowArd: Damn you, wizard! – Manishearth May 1 '13 at 14:58
  • @Manishearth yep, it's just a Konami code. See it in action :) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 1 '13 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. – Manishearth May 1 '13 at 15:02
  • @Manishearth wait?! You can do it on the iPhone? – James Mertz May 1 '13 at 15:04
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    @KronoS: tap-drag up, tap-drag up (,down,down,left,right,left,right), and then tap thrice. – Manishearth May 1 '13 at 15:05
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    @Manishearth you're iWizard! – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 1 '13 at 15:07
  • @Geoff now where's my secret badge? :D – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 1 '13 at 15:12
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    @ShaWizDowArd badge? who said anything about a badge, but Kudos to you. – Geoff Dalgas May 1 '13 at 15:14
  • @GeoffDalgas just kidding of course. :) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask May 1 '13 at 15:18
  • TL is disappointed by the easter egg. Could it be made awesomer? – Manishearth May 1 '13 at 15:22
  • @Manishearth I can't get it to work on my iPhone... I thinking you're lying ;P – James Mertz May 1 '13 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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