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This is the definition of hub:

  1. The central part of a wheel, rotating on or with the axle, and from which the spokes radiate.

  2. A place or thing that forms the effective center of an activity, region, or network.

https://www.google.com/search?q=hub+definition

I was wondering what are the possible meaning of the word when it is included in the name of a website. Because it seems to me that any website can act as a 'hub' (a network/activity site).

(One example is GitHub).

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, coleopterist, Gnawme, Daniel, Mitch Oct 11 '12 at 17:44

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See the second definition. –  Zairja Oct 11 '12 at 15:10
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As Zairja says, so GitHub is a hub for Git. –  Matt Эллен Oct 11 '12 at 15:31
    
In the name of a website, hub means whatever the namer of the website wanted -- and could mean anything, or nothing at all. This question cannot be settled by recourse to facts and reasoning. Voting to close "not constructive". –  MετάEd Oct 11 '12 at 15:35
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If nothing else, it's a section to do stuff. Stuff can be anything, really. A website can have many hubs such as a forum or news feed. Found this image that describes it fairly well:

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So a hub describes a "facet" of some task that needs to be performed on that site.

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but according to the definition, shouldn't it be the 'center'? –  janoChen Oct 11 '12 at 15:28
    
From my understanding of the word, the whole site could be considered a 'hub' to do all those things as well. That doesn't disqualify the meaning I gave though I don't believe. I see a 'hub' as simply a 'place' of gathering for a central purpose. Example: In networking, a 'hub' is basically a connection point between other hubs or computers, but sometimes people refer to the computer a 'hub'. I don't know, maybe I'm looking too deep into this. –  Christopher Bales Oct 11 '12 at 15:33
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@janoChen This seems like nitpicking. Simply looking at the visual, one can see the website is the "center", with various facets acting as "spokes". In the question, GitHub is a center for projects that use Git revision control. It's self-explanatory. Likewise, GrubHub is a center for food (grub), where you can look at menus, order online, rate restaurants, and so on. –  Zairja Oct 11 '12 at 15:41
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In your case the second definition applies. GitHub is a web based central repository, network or hub that uses the Git revision control system for hosting development projects. To better understand the concept here are a few examples:

The kitchen was the hub of family life.(from Oxford dictionary)

Chicago is a hub for many cities in the Midwest.

English.SE is a hub for English enthusiasts.

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