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The whole question & answer concept has proved itself, but why don't you support something like private messages?

Or an alternative forum to ask some off-topic discussion questions? (For which you don't get points if it bothers you.)

(As far as I understand it, you can't ask in Meta things like, "What's your favorite animal?")


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Offtopics (like what's your favorite animal) shouldn't be asked in a programming site, like SO, even if there's some more private room, like the upcoming chat feature.

There's a StackExchange site that's dedicated to talk about offtopics, which aren't covered in any other StackExchange site, which is Offtopic.

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    What upcoming chat feature? Have I missed something here?
    – innaM
    Oct 25, 2009 at 19:00
  • I don't remember which question was answered by a link in which Jeff talks about planed new features in the site. You can search here for questions about the new features. Oct 26, 2009 at 15:33

Other sites exist for other topics. I don't ask theology questions here, I go to a theology forum. I don't drum up a community, or chat in general about the forum software project I work with, we have a forum for that.

Everything has a place, and programming has StackOverflow, Server Admin has ServerFault, and Super Users have SuperUser. Questions/problems/etc. with the engine itself have Meta.

If you want to chat with people, post a link in your profile to where you like to hang. If it doesn't exist, make it. If you don't know how to make it - well, there's a programming question. ;)

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