Some of the SE sites I visit have domain names of the form [site].stackexchange.com and some [site].com. Since I hardly ever use links and type a few chars in the URL bar to get to a site this sometimes tangles me up.

Does anyone else see any value in this or am I just too lazy and easily confused? :)

Edit: Changed angle brackets to square so they would show up.

  • I just had this happen for the Nth time, but this is the first time I actually realized that the domain is superuser.com with no reference to stackexchange at all... I guess in the past I googled it and didn't read, just clicked.
    – user488805
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 19:36

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I have never heard this request before, and I don't agree with it.

Besides, superuser.stackexchange.com makes no sense as a topic division, compare to apple.stackexchange.com and wordpress.stackexchange.com and cooking.stackexchange.com

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    I actually tried to get to 'superuser.stackexchange.com' tonight. From a consistency viewpoint, it would be good if all the stackexchange-run sites (everything listed at stackexchange.com/sites) had a sitename.stackexchange.com URL: if I know the site's name and I know it's hosted by stackexchange, I would like to be able to type 'sitename.stackexchange.com' and get to it (actually this is probably properly a question for ui.stackexchange.com ;)).
    – user66178
    Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 10:44
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    @drewbenn: I like the consistency as well... Sosueme. :)
    – JimR
    Commented Feb 6, 2011 at 0:52
  • computers.stackexchange.com?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 11:51
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    Strict adherence to topic divisions might hamper usability in this case. I too just made the same mistake as drewbenn, but in my case I typed superuser.stackexchange.com into a message, sent it, then tested it and had to send a follow-up with the correct domain. Consistency is a valuable trait, but what we have here is a conflict between two types.
    – dgw
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 4:59
  • I don't understand the Answer given by Jeff. How does the name of the site not make sense as a topic division? Every other site that I know of is named xxxxxx.stackexchange.com, right? What makes SuperUser special that I should remember a different rule for it?
    – user488805
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 19:38

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