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A Plea For Actual Domain Identities

AFAIK, out of all Stack Exchange sites, only three sites have got dedicated domain name: Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault. All others are hosted on a subdomain of stackexchange.com.
I want to know when a subdomain-hosted SE site would get a dedicated domain name. Simply, what's the eligibility criteria for it?

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There are redirects for some of the other sites. For example, seasonedadvice.com points to cooking.stackexchange.com. I suppose the "official" criteria for having a domain name that is not redirected to *.stackexchange.com is that you have to be part of the original trilogy. –  Cody Gray Mar 2 '12 at 21:28
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The reason Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User have their own domains is historical. They were created by Jeff and Joel and started the whole Stack Exchange network. SE 2.0 sites don't usually (barring a couple of exceptions) have their own domain name. –  ChrisF Mar 2 '12 at 21:30
    
    
@CodyGray, that's not nearly the same thing. I'm sure you know that. –  Mark Ransom Mar 2 '12 at 21:31
    

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Critical mass on levels compared to the Trilogy and the ability to describe your site in one sentence used to be the mantra passed around.

Previous sites have names based on a previous decision by SE Inc. which has since been reverted.

Up to now only exceptional cases such as sexuality.stackexchange.com have been offered domains. Gaming rivals the trilogy but I have not seen any change in domain. So I think it would be best not to believe you will get a domain. It's just not going to happen unless you are the exception.

See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/10/domain-names-the-wrong-question/

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Sexuality.SE had its own domain? Why? –  Pëkka Mar 2 '12 at 21:54
    
@Pekka'sReputationBordello see discuss.area51.stackexchange.com/questions/3938/… –  phwd Mar 2 '12 at 23:07
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I see. So the way to get your own domain is to link your site's subject to something naughty. Get creative, folks! :) –  Pëkka Mar 2 '12 at 23:37

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