As the question implies, I am talking about the name of this website. It has evidently been formed from 'Stack' & 'Exchange'. But what does it mean and why was this name chosen ?


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Stack Exchange is the short form of "Stack Overflow Knowledge Exchange Platform", which was the original name of the platform.

This is officially confirmed by Joel Spolsky in this comment:

that was a typo on the Fog Creek site; It was actually Stack Overflow Knowledge Exchange shortened to "StackExchange"

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