Initially I thought that Meta Stack Overflow was the common meta for all SE sites.

Then I noted that English Language and Usage has its own meta site.

It took a while for me to learn that even Server Fault has its own meta site.

Looking at my reputation points, I see difference between Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Overflow, but not between the other sites and there corresponding meta sites.

Now, is Meta Stack Overflow in some sense the master meta site of all or not?


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See the blog post New Per-Site Metas:

Meta Stack Overflow will serve as the “National Capital” where we process feedback not just for Stack Overflow but for the core engine itself — while the smaller meta sites are akin to regional or state capitals. So, in a nutshell:

  • meta.stackoverflow.com is Washington, DC
  • meta.serverfault.com is Columbus, OH
  • meta.superuser.com is Sacramento, CA

… and so forth.

  • excellent answer/analogy! +1
    – studiohack
    Dec 23, 2010 at 17:52
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    Thanks the answer is clear and the link is very usefull. BTW I'm very sure there was a third answer, which got deleted. But when even studiohack upvotes this answer I'll choose it
    – bernd_k
    Dec 23, 2010 at 18:04
  • @bernd_k: jjnguy's answer was about meta.stackoverflow.com as opposed to meta.stackexchange.com (which is/was the meta site for Stack Exchange 1.0 sites).
    – mmyers
    Dec 23, 2010 at 18:23
  • Myers Thanks. I didn't yet find out how I can view the different revions of an question.
    – bernd_k
    Dec 23, 2010 at 18:34
  • @bernd_k: You can't view deleted posts (other than your own) until you have 10k reputation. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/….
    – mmyers
    Dec 23, 2010 at 18:52

Meta Stack Overflow is in a sense, the "master meta site" of them all, but if the issue just pertains to a particular site, ask it on the site's meta (e.g. Super User question goes on Super User's meta).

If the issue pertains to Stack Overflow, then it is asked on here, because Meta Stack Overflow performs a double duty as meta for Stack Overflow, and the master site of them all".

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