Questions tagged [so-history]

Use this tag for questions about the past of Stack Exchange. What was done back in the day, why they did it, and why we *don't* do it now.

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Where can I find out about Stack Overflow history?

I'd like to know how Stack Overflow and other sites started - which was first, who initiated it (OK, that's on the link below) and why, how the different sites evolved, how the rules evolved, etc. ...
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What is the story of Jeff Atwood and the pluralization 'Bug'? [closed]

No, this is not a question reporting pluralization bugs, I don't really care about them and I don't think they're real bugs... But, I'm very curious to know why is the Stack Exchange team ignoring ...
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Which Stack Exchange sites weren't proposed in Area 51?

Recently I found some sites that are a part of the Stack Exchange network but were not proposed. In other words, I'm talking about sites that are not established through Area51, like Super User. ...
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Where did the name “Stack Exchange” come from?

I get Stack Overflow (which I'm guessing was the first site?) and Super User, Code Review, and the other sibling site names make sense to me. But I've never heard of a stack exchange before. Is a ...
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What is the story of Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

We all know how important the team when making an idea and a great product. In my opinion, Stack Overflow is revolutionizing the idea of forums. In other words, Stack Overflow is revolutionizing the ...
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Was Programmers (now Software Engineering) the first SE site to change its name?

Programmers Stack Exchange is now officially Software Engineering Stack Exchange, which made me curious about history: is this the first time this has happened? Has any SE site previously changed ...
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When did Stack Overflow first go live?

When did Stack Overflow first go live?
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What processes made Stack Overflow the website it is today?

I have been with the Stack Exchange community since it became popularized after its beta period. During that time I have seen it grow into the vibrant community it is now. I have also seen it evolve ...
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What was Stack Exchange 1.0?

I've seen a few users mention that certain SE sites like SharePoint and MathOverflow are unique, as they were originally created as Stack Exchange 1.0 sites. As a fairly recent user, I don't know ...
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How was the iconic Stack Overflow emblem born?

I didn't see a question about this anywhere so I decided to ask it. I anticipate an answer like "it best represents the site name," which is all right, but I'm sort of looking for an in-depth look at ...
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What did Stack Exchange/Overflow change in May 2016 that cut low-quality questions so dramatically on the flagship sites?

So, I'll confess, I'm addicted to SEDE. To date, I've spent most of my time crafting queries to help with Spring Cleaning over on Chem.SE. However, alongside the site cleanup efforts, it appears that ...
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Is Area 51 dying? Does it deserve it?

I wrote a query to calculate the number of the started sites per year. Here is the result: Note, the data for 2017 is scaled up by 12/5, because it is yet end of May. The graph shows a strong, ...
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Which came first, Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange?

Just out of plain curiosity, which came first, Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange? I'm led to believe it was Stack Overflow, simply due to the similarities to Stack Exchange, but I may be wrong. So, ...