I understand what the Meta sites are, their purpose in life, and their importance, however I do not understand fully why they have the name 'Meta'? I mean, why not 'Bobcat'? Could some please explain?

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    This belongs on meta.so I think, because they came up with it first.
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Sep 18 '15 at 19:13

Citing from wikipedia:

Meta (from the Greek preposition and prefix meta- (μετά-) meaning "after", or "beyond") is a prefix used in English to indicate a concept which is an abstraction from another concept, used to complete or add to the latter.

The English usage for meta is more in the direction of "about", hence meta.askubuntu.com is the site where you talk about the site askubuntu.com

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