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Will popular Stack Exchange sites get their own domain?

I have noticed that some of Stack Exchange's newer websites (i.e. any that were not part of the original trilogy, such as Ask Ubuntu and Stack Apps) have their own top-level URLs (e.g. askubuntu.com) instead of stackexchange.com URLs (e.g. skeptics.stackexchange.com).

When does a site qualify for its own TLD? Is it automatic after a certain amount of time, or were Ask Ubuntu and Stack Apps exceptions?

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marked as duplicate by lunboks, John, ChrisF, Manishearth, Nick Craver May 4 '12 at 12:27

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See meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/4237/… for more information about the only SE 2.0 that's going to get a name (not counting the few - Cooking, Ubuntu, Apple - that already have a name) –  ChrisF May 4 '12 at 12:26

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