First of all, I think we need to give special thanks to PolarKernel. He helped with all our technical issues, starting from installing Q2A, to installing plug-ins, to uploading the site to a host, to solving all sorts of bugs. And as his (very humbly written, given all the work he has done for the site, for all the effort and time he has spent for this site) "About Me" states, he is not a physicist.
- 2013 - A group of users decide that they need a better Q&A site avenue for graduate-level and beyond physics where there is no content censorship, and where criticism is not discouraged or limited in any way. The role model was Maths Overflow, such a site for Mathematics.
- 2013-08-14 - Lubos Motl agrees to help set up a thread on his blog, The Reference Frame (TRF), to help such users continue their discussion.
- 2013-09-10 - Dilaton sets up a blog, called Schrodinger's Cat Strikes Back for the systematic and relatively more calm-headed discussion specifically about the new site. It was the idea of John McVirgo to set up a blog.
- 2013-09-12 - polarkernel, agrees to help setting up PhysicsOverflow, from a technical point of view.
- 2013-10-13 - Vote conducted for site name; PhysicsOverflow wins.
- 2013-10-23 - Q2A successfully installed, an offline test site is created.
- 2014-01-24 - TP.SE questions successfully imported to test site; polarkernel writes plugin to import PSE questions
- 2014-02-20 - Technical Private Beta of PhysicsOverflow begins
- 2014-04-04 - Public beta begins
- 2014-05-31 - The first version of the reviews section, Reviews I is launched earlier than planned.
- 2014-08-24 - The hierarchial tag system released; leading to the phase Reviews II. The PhysicsOverflow software development has now branched away significantly far from the Question2Answer software development.
- 2015-11 - PhysicsOverflow is featured in the APPN and in PhysikJournal.
Who is responsible for the founding of the site?
While it is the community on the blog, Schrodinger's cat strikes back, which was responsible for the creation of the site. However, polarkernel, Dilaton, and dimension10 may be considered as "founders" for practical purposes.