Just out of plain curiosity, which came first, Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange? I'm led to believe it was Stack Overflow, simply due to the similarities to Stack Exchange, but I may be wrong. So, which one did come first?


Stack Overflow was the beginning. It was the original, first site.

It being popular, it spawned a few other sites - Server Fault and Super user. Which then started spawning other Q&A sites.

This evolved into the network of sites you see today - the Stack Exchange network of sites.

You can see the evolution if you start reading the Stack Exchange blog from the start (and listen to the original set of podcasts).

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    But isn't "evolution" just a theory? You could say it was all intelligently designed! ;-) – Andrew Barber Jun 30 '14 at 19:44
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    Says the Unitato - a veritable living proof of evolution. – Oded Jun 30 '14 at 19:52
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    Also - going with intelligent design would be giving us waaaaay too much credit. – Oded Jun 30 '14 at 19:52
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    For the evolution, I guess Coding Horror is a better starting point (also with a bit on naming) ;-) – Arjan Jun 30 '14 at 20:20
  • When was it incorporated and under what name? – djechlin Jun 30 '14 at 20:50
  • I believe it was first incorporated as Stack Overflow then renamed to Stack Exchange - but IANAL and don't know/have the exact details, @djechlin – Oded Jun 30 '14 at 21:11
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    @VotetoClose, not sure that the NY connection was the point. More likely it seemed punny. – Benjol Jul 1 '14 at 4:35
  • @VotetoClose - wasn't involved in the naming, but I believe it was an amalgam of Stack Overflow and Knowledge Exchange (known brand + what we do) – Oded Jul 1 '14 at 7:04
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    If I recall right, the original docs were for "Stack Overflow Internet Services", hence the reference to SOIS in some of the really old meta posts. This name was later changed to Stack Exchange. – Adam Lear Jul 8 '14 at 0:58

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