I'm fairly new to SE and wonder what exactly Meta is supposed to be used for?

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    Doesn't this question belong in Meta Meta? (just kidding) Mar 16, 2011 at 10:42

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In the case of Programmers.SE, the main site is to discuss anything related to programming (further defined in the FAQ). Whereas the meta site exists to discuss the main site.

If you take a look at the recent popular questions in Meta, you'll find:

  • bug reports
  • generic questions regarding to Programmers.SE
  • suggestions to FAQ modifications
  • discussions on which questions are on and off topic (for the main site)

All of which do not contain anything directly related to programming.


I recommend reading the /faq


This site is for meta discussion about programmers.stackexchange.com. That is, things like:

  1. Are questions about _____ on or off topic?
  2. What should our FAQ contain?
  3. How should we tag questions about _____?
  4. What should our elevator pitch be?
  5. What should our site design look like?
  6. Who should the moderators be?
  7. How do we promote our site?

See The 7 Essential Meta Questions for more details.

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