Why are the names of the Stack Overflow trilogy so named?

How did the names Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User come to be the ones used?

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    "Buffer Overflow" is surely what you were thinking of RE: hacking and security? Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 14:36

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On the names of the sites of the original trilogy:

Stack Overflow

Help Name Our Website

We've racked our collective brains, and this is the best we could do. We'd like your input to see if we're on the right track. Vote for the name that best embodies what you'd like to see on a software developer community website.

  • stackoverflow.com
  • privatevoid.com
  • dereferenced.com
  • humbledeveloper.com
  • bitoriented.com
  • fellowhackers.com

Server Fault

IT Stack Overflow Update: Naming is Hard

At the moment I am leaning heavily toward the name serverfault.com. A quick straw poll on Twitter got reasonably positive results. I realize it’s not as good a name as Stack Overflow.

Super User

seriously considering paying $10k for what I think is a pretty killer domain name. Is this a bad idea? Am I crazy? somebody hold me!

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    Scary - a few votes the other way and we may have wound up privatevoid.com Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:08
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    @AdamRackis Which would make the network Private(s)Exchange? Scary, indeed.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:21
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    @Anna - Jeff'd have to add a hyphen! Privates-Exchange Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 18:24
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    I would have preferred segfault.com. Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 4:45

It's a kind of exception you might experience in software (using infinite recursion, for example).

From Wikipedia

In software, a stack overflow occurs when too much memory is used on the call stack. The call stack contains a limited amount of memory, often determined at the start of the program. The size of the call stack depends on many factors, including the programming language, machine architecture, multi-threading, and amount of available memory. When too much memory is used on the call stack the stack is said to overflow, typically resulting in a program crash.

You might also be interested in this discussion, which is where the name came from.

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    And to think... the site was almost called "PrivateVoid". <shudders>
    – user27414
    Commented Aug 18, 2010 at 21:33

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