It seems like each SE site having its own domain is no longer possible. All sites are under the banner of the United States of Stack Exchange. And I am fine with that (actually, I am not. But since it's one of Jeff's over-my-dead-body decisions, resistance is futile).
I would like to point out however, that a shorter domain name seems to be a relevant factor in a site's success (correlation not implying causation notwithstanding). A look at the data:
alexa top 500: average length: 10.984; count: 500 median length: 11.0 shortest: t.co (4 char) longest: googleusercontent.com (21 char) alexa top 100: average length: 10.45; count: 100 median length: 10.0 shortest: t.co (4 char) longest: googleusercontent.com (21 char) SE sites (subdomain only, betas+launched): average length: 7.24637681159; count: 69 median length: 7 shortest: ux (2 char) longest: theoreticalphysics (18 char) .stackexchange.com: 18 chars
I can't for the life of me understand why
stackexchange.com was picked. It's awfully long (considering you plan to tack on subdomains), hard to type and remember. Not to mention possible confusion with
StockExchange.com. Also, I can't shake off the feeling that it sounds like... not good. I mean, come on! Are Jeff and Joel still haunted by the ghosts of experts-exchange?
At any rate, now we have an average (and median) length of about 25 characters for SE's sites. That's over twice as long as the average from top 500 sites. That's awful IMO. I know about the
s.tk shorterner, but I am not sure how many people use it, since all the links are in the form of
Yes, 25 sites have been launched with this domain and 44 more are in beta. But I don't think it's too late for a change. I hate typing 30+ characters on a tiny phone screen, so can we have something shorter?
se.comwould be nice; in general a
.comdomain would be preferable (about 2/3 of the top 500 sites have a
- a domain hack:
sta.ckunfortunately is not available; but
something.secould work (that
somethingbeing no longer than 3 characters)