This is actually some kind of meta-question, but I couldn't find any other dedicated place to submit it, so it's here.
I am just wondering:
Why PHP->WD development questions are part of StackExchange, while questions in other web domain that are using web frameworks such as Java->Spring or Python->Django are accepted in Stackoverflow?

Is there any fundemental difference between them?

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    I'm not sure I understand what you're asking. PHP and WordPress questions are acceptable on Stackoverflow, any development/code based questions are usually acceptable on Stackoverflow. Here, at the WordPress Stackexchange we primarily deal with questions regarding the WordPress CMS.
    – Howdy_McGee Mod
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 14:21

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StackExchange is a network of many, many communities. Usually each within a specific topic. That does not mean a topic may only fit one community (though it should not be cross-posted but migrated). I can think of many questions that fit Aviation and Travel. Just like this, there are many questions that fit StackOverflow and WordPres.

Why is there a WordPress StackExchange? Probably because it was proposed in Area51, got through the process and graduated. You can read about the full process in their FAQ:

Once I propose a site, what happens next?

A site goes through several phases before it launches to the public. Each stage is designed to improve the site and build up momentum and support.

  • Interested parties propose and discuss sample questions to define what the site is — and is not — about.
  • Users are asked to commit to participate in the site to assure that the site will have enough participation — we don't want to create ghost towns.
  • The site is launched for a beta period to seed it with questions, develop the FAQ, appoint temporary moderators, and refine its design.
  • If a site reaches critical mass, it becomes a full member of the Stack Exchange Network.

If a proposal loses momentum, it may be re-evaluated or merged with similar proposals. Proposals with insufficient activity are subject to removal. Deleted proposals can be re-proposed anew by users with renewed energy and, hopefully, better resources to bring it to commitment.

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    OK so from now on, if I have a development question ragarding wordpress development I'll publish it in Stackoverflow, since I understand that it's OK too
    – GyRo
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 14:58
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    I can only speak from my own experience and am not a mod on either side, so don't take my work 100%. If your question is WP specific, I'd ask it here, you'll probably get a more WP specific answer
    – kero
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 17:42
  • I have found the better WP answers are given on SO. I've never had one go unanswered. Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 0:29

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