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Yes, I know there is this why-is-stack-overflows-meta-also-the-meta-of-the-whole-stack-exchange-engine question, but the tone of the answer seems to perpetuate the notion that other, non-IT SE sites don't actually matter.

For example, I asked can-a-tags-list-constitute-a-glossary and was referred to mark-questions-as-duplicate-of-tag-wiki which was so full of C++ and PHP references that I failed to even see how it was related, even after a couple of readings.

If I come here for some honest Q&A about policies and procedures relevant to the whole family of SE sites and I'm met with a load "pure" SO jargon/examples I wonder why it is labelled as something different.

I'm aware of the history (that, In the beginning, there was Stack Overflow) but that doesn't justify the general state of confusion of this, MSO, site.

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    It is confusing, and it will change. – Michael Petrotta Dec 23 '13 at 23:02
  • Could you give some examples – Richard Tingle Dec 23 '13 at 23:02
  • @RichardTingle -- Yes. I just asked meta.stackexchange.com/questions/213415/… and was referred to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/176417/… which was so full of C++, PHP, Reference that i failed to even see how it was related, even after a couple of readings. – Martin F Dec 23 '13 at 23:07
  • @MichaelPetrotta -- That is a good (the right?) Answer, thanks. – Martin F Dec 23 '13 at 23:14
  • In case anyone is wondering, I'm not still seeking an answer to this rather now-irrelevant question, i'm merely on a (futile?) mission to "improve" my questions, to appease the gods in the machine. – Martin F Mar 21 '15 at 21:39

Once upon a time, Stack Overflow was the network so its meta site and the network meta site were the same.

As it stands now, this meta has two hats:

  1. The per site meta of Stack Overflow, place to report bugs specific only to that site, discuss things related to it etc.

  2. The whole Stack Exchange network "meta" i.e. place to report bugs affecting more than one site, discuss general things that do not concern one specific site etc.

However, this is all going to change, soon.

6-8 weeks


Note that Stack overflow now has its own meta and this is now only the meta site for the entire network

Original answer:

This is the appropriate site for issues which affect all sites, or specifically effect stack overflow; either can be discussed here. Site specific issues for other sites should be discussed in their own metas.

Of course as the flagship site stack overflow examples are always going to be common but any general issue can be discussed.

There are discussions as to seperating out these two separate parts of the site, as discussed here

  • True, but that's not an answer to my very specific question. – Martin F Mar 21 '15 at 21:04
  • The question "Is this the meta site for SO or for the whole SE family?"? Yes it does (although the situation has changed in the interviening years such that SO has a placw of its own now) – Richard Tingle Mar 21 '15 at 21:33
  • If you bothered to read the whole question, not just the title, you'd have noticed i already knew your "answer". My title-as-question was rhetorical. – Martin F Mar 21 '15 at 21:36
  • I thought you might say that: whats the actual question you were asking in the rest of the post. The rest feels more like a letter of complaint (which at the very least needs a proposal in it) – Richard Tingle Mar 21 '15 at 21:38
  • Also; this was a year ago, the question doesn't even make sense anymore! This isn't Meta stack overflow – Richard Tingle Mar 21 '15 at 21:39

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