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What shortened URLs are available through

It's no big secret that SE sites won't be getting vanity URLs for newly-launched sites. However, the names of the sites are kind of difficult to advertise in meat-space, especially for non-technical sites such as Travel-SE. As somebody on Travel noted, if you try to dictate the domain name, it goes like:

travel dot stackexchange dot com

at which point you are glanced as if you are mentioning a contagious tropical disease, and a question pops:

A whatexchange?

followed by a five-minute explanation how exactly it's written and spelt.

Stack Exchange sounds too geeky to, well, non-technical persons. It would be much better if I can give them a short URL that they can remember or write down quickly, which would simply redirect to the actual domain name.

For example, for Travel-SE, it might go like


These won't be a substitute for the domain name -- again, they are handy to give out to other people, especially when not on the Internet.

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marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Jan 12 '12 at 23:17

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It's too bad we can't afford one of those newfangled ICANN names, because .SE would make a lot of sense, as in Travel.SE Or, we could all just move to Sweden. :P – Robert Harvey Jan 12 '12 at 22:39
@RobertHarvey: Oh, I've already done that. Waiting for you guys to follow. – mindcorrosive Jan 12 '12 at 22:40
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They already exist, using the domain name:

See the complete list in What shortened URLs are available through

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