Terminology confusion

I ran into an old friend of mine on Messenger today, who I haven’t seen in several years.  We were great friends in high school and ended up going to the same college, but then sorta drifted apart.  So we spent a while catching up and talking about how things were going in each other’s lives.

He’d always been a pretty serious computer geek, so I asked him if he knew about StackOverflow.  The part I didn’t remember, at least right away, was that he was not only into programming, but also computer security and “ethical hacking” type of stuff.  So his response kinda caught me off guard.

“Yeah, of course.  It’s a great way to gain root!”

*facepalm*  Not quite what I meant… 😛


  1. murphy says:

    Great! 🙂 I think he does not know the website. But his statement is correct.


  2. Iron says:

    Indeed SO is a poor name for the site because it causes confusion when telling new people about it whether they are programmers or other IT types. And, if you actually have a Stack Overflow and try to do some research on Google all you get is the SO site. Not very useful tbh.

    Sure it’s catchy but I wish they’d called it something else.

  3. Mason Wheeler says:

    Fair enough. But then again, if someone does have a stack overflow error, and Google directs them to StackOverflow.com, they’ll have found an excellent resource for figuring out how to fix the error. So maybe it’s not so bad. 😉

  4. straveu says:

    To me it’s great name, because it’s funny. Not serious like ‘expert exchange’.