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I do not know if it would be asked here, but I always asked myself about that means "meta" on for that kind of forums. Why not "para" from "paranormal", for example?

I participate of a lot of StackExchange (SE) forums and I saw some Meta forums associated with them.

My question is just about the signification of the therm "meta" for that forums associated: what means the "meta" therm?

It is about the transcendence of subjects of questions made on Meta forums in relation to normal forums - the subject is beyond the scope of subjects from normal forum? So it is like "hiper"?

marked as duplicate by gnat, rene, Glorfindel, Shadow discussion Nov 22 '17 at 21:49

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First of all, avoid referring to Stack Exchange as a "forum". It's a collection of Question + Answer sites. You ask a question, other people give you answers. Traditional internet forums are: You post something and then there can be a long discussion about that, which might lead to a discussion about something else, and so on.

The dictionary says about the word Meta:

referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.

So it's a question + answer site about the question + answer sites.

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    Noteworthy that there was a link to What is Meta given in the help menu (at any meta site), which has seemingly been a victim of the new navbar style :-(. – user0042 Nov 22 '17 at 21:02
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    @user0042 stackoverflow.com/help/whats-meta – gnat Nov 22 '17 at 21:20
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    @gnat THX. Hard to find nowadays. I didn't expect that in the Our Model section. – user0042 Nov 22 '17 at 21:23

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