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Should Stack Exchanges sites with top-level domains have * redirects?

Suggestion: should forward to or something with stackexchange in the name, and should very-very-clearly be branded as part of the SE family.

I eventually figured out that it was, indeed, part of SE (right?! :) but, given all the fake-SE/SO copycat sites out there, it'd be nice to at least see as part of the URL.

I love the whole SE family thing but, given that 99.44% of my usage is on S.O., when I go to a different member site, it'd be nice to know that I'm "in bounds" and haven't strayed to one of "those other guys" and am about to give them my account credentials, etc.

(Same suggestion for all the other SE family that doesn't have in the url.)


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marked as duplicate by random Apr 11 '12 at 20:19

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So do you favor, too? – Cody Gray Apr 11 '12 at 19:09
Ha! Forgive me for not being an SE-family geek. Am I wrong in thinking that SO is the most widely known/used of the bunch? I get that it's possible to figure out that SU is part of the family -- what I'm suggesting is that it's not patently obvious to someone who doesn't know and, trying to be conscientious and not-patronize the copycat sites, I had to go fishing around in the fine-print to verify that I was, indeed, on a valid site. Angry/sarcastic answers don't help -- I'm not stupid, although I admit extreme ignorance (since slightly reduced.) Current is good; I'm suggesting better. – Olie Apr 11 '12 at 19:35
I thought SO SU and SF were trilogy sites, predating the existence of StackExchange??? – Adam Rackis Apr 11 '12 at 19:39
@Adam: Yes, they are. `@Olie: I don't think anyone's calling you ignorant here, or complaining that you're not a geek. My comment wasn't intended to be angry or sarcastic. – Cody Gray Apr 11 '12 at 19:54
up vote 14 down vote accepted

This is a pretty good way to tell if you're on an SE site:

Screenshot of the supercollider

I've never seen a copy-cat site that tried to trick you into thinking you're on an SE site; generally they just clone content to get hits. In any case, they can't trick you into giving them your account credentials since SE sites only offer OpenIDs; if a site asks you for your password it's not an SE site

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Nitpick: the domain proposal for Gaming specified that the domain would behave how the OP's proposing and redirect to Other sites with customer domains ( and also redirect to SE subdomains (Apple and Cooking, respectively). – Adam Lear Apr 11 '12 at 20:56
@AnnaLear Ah, yeah; that makes that part completely wrong. Edited – Michael Mrozek Apr 11 '12 at 21:24

Look for The genuine Stack Exchange™©® Logo in the upper left! All Stack Exchange (2.0) sites will have it.

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It's also your global network inbox, so it's particularly important to click on and know about. You can't miss it, really.

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So this is the crucial Meta question you come out of retirement to address??? :) – Adam Rackis Apr 11 '12 at 20:12
How did you get that strange, rigid-looking arrow? It's almost as though it was not drawn freehand, but with some kind of automated drawing tool. – jadarnel27 Apr 11 '12 at 20:18

Um. It is right there in the footer of all SE sites:

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It is also on the master list:

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It has its own domain name as it was one of the original trilogy.

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"Um..." I don't read the tiny print in the footers of sites I go to for answers. Similarly, I skip the ads. :) Yes, the information I'm requesting is available; I'm suggesting it could be more "in your face" as an aid to the ignorant-but-conscientious. Own-domain is fine, and it should be a simple matter to forward. Or more-obivously brand it. Point being: it wasn't immediately clear, and it took me longer to verify than it did to find the answer to my question. That's backwards. – Olie Apr 11 '12 at 19:39

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