I noticed today when going to http://facebook.stackoverflow.com I am 301 Moved Permanently redirected to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/facebook*. Is the mini-site gone or is this just a bug?

  • 4
    Aak, you put the actual link I need to test in a code-block, and the reference text as the link. All that copying and pasting I have to do!!
    – JonW
    Jul 1, 2013 at 15:47
  • @JonW I have no idea what you are talking about... ;) Jul 1, 2013 at 15:50
  • 3
    Are the upvotes out of shared curiosity, or is this the community rejoicing? :)
    – Bart
    Jul 1, 2013 at 15:52
  • 1
    @Bart no, the upvotes on the answer are the community rejoicing :-)
    – Ryan
    Jul 1, 2013 at 15:58
  • a sad day indeed ;)
    – Lix
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:04
  • 11
    Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead
    – casperOne
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:04
  • 1
    Three cheers! I have several tags that I filter on in the close votes review queue every day. The Facebook questions are always... interesting. Jul 1, 2013 at 16:58

1 Answer 1


We have removed the subsite. I am in the process of removing code for all subsites (it was the only instance in production) to greatly simplify many areas of our codebase.

facebook.stackoverflow.com was always an experiment, one we hoped would work out - but it didn't. The quality on the facebook tags didn't improve as a result of its presence, and the technical tradeoffs to support it were quite great. It causes a great deal of load on our systems when specific pages are hit because there's just no low-cost way to "filter" the site down to facebook-only tags.

After we weighed everything, it just wasn't worth keeping - it wasn't helping, caused confusion and it was causing technical hurt. I won't even go into the calls we get at the office from people locked out of their facebook accounts.

  • 42
    BoltClock likes this. Jul 1, 2013 at 15:57
  • 50
    "I won't even go into the calls we get at the office from people locked out of their facebook accounts." Please do. Make a podcast out of them.
    – yannis
    Jul 1, 2013 at 15:59
  • 1
    LoL please, please, please, do what @Yannis suggested. I could use a good laugh!
    – Ryan
    Jul 1, 2013 at 15:59
  • 3
    @Nick Is it possible to know whether the off-topic questions were coming from google hits or developers.facebook.com. Until that is known I doubt it will stop the influx
    – phwd
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:03
  • 35
    @Nick: are Facebook and Stack Overflow still in a relationship then, or is Stack Overflow changing their status to "single"?
    – Matt
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:09
  • 51
    @Matt, it's complicated.
    – Jaydles
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:15
  • 2
    I don't know whether to upvote the above 2 comments or to flag them... Why isn't there a dislike button?
    – Ryan
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:23
  • You going to let these folks know about this: developers.facebook.com/blog/post/545 ? Jul 1, 2013 at 16:26
  • 2
    @BradLarson they were alerted a few weeks ago Jul 1, 2013 at 16:27
  • 2
    The nightmare is over!
    – Ry-
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:36
  • 10
    Holy crap... we did live through it.
    – user1228
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:49
  • @Won't: So you're taking everyone to Vegas then?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jul 1, 2013 at 17:10
  • 2
    @animuson: No, SE is. For putting us all through this nightmare in the first place.
    – user1228
    Jul 1, 2013 at 17:11
  • Just curious: when folks once logged in using Facebook on that minisite, are their profile pictures still synchronized between SE and FB today? (Like explained in this August 2011 post.)
    – Arjan
    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:04
  • @Arjan yes, since the link is to their current picture Url provided by FB Apr 1, 2014 at 2:20

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .