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The site http://gaming.stackexchange.com/ was indeed named "Gaming" in the beginning but changed to "Arqade" about 8 months ago.

There is even domain http://www.arqade.com (which currently redirects to http://gaming.stackexchange.com)

I can't see any reason to leave the old name in the footer, note that it's "Arqade" in the list of all sites as well.

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The new footer will be using site names.

Arqade and Mi Yodeya it is, and hovering over the name gives you a description.

Update:

We will add some overrides for specific sites, so it will be clearer what topic they belong to - so it will be "Arqade (gaming)" and "Mi Yodeya (Judaism)" and such.

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Cheers, so this is status-completed then, in spite of the disagreement of many people here. :) –  Shadow Wizard Apr 22 '13 at 13:48
    
@ShaWizDowArd: That's how SO works: we argue and build consensus, and then the developers ignore that and do whatever they want. –  Nicol Bolas Apr 24 '13 at 8:36
    
@Nicol did you miss the "We will add some overrides for specific sites"? They didn't ignore, without the arguments here they wouldn't be adding those overrides. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 24 '13 at 8:52

No, please don't change it. The links in the footer are not site names - they are topics.

Topics are meaningful to everyone: regulars, brand new visitors, search engines.

Site names are only meaningful to regulars. And any regular who wanted Arqade, would know they wanted the gaming site anyway.

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This is a good point. I wouldn't know what Arqade meant. I just think it's a spelling mistake on first glance. –  James Webster Feb 18 '13 at 13:15
    
Not sure I agree, but this might explain other choices made in the footer as ben described in his answer. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 18 '13 at 13:22
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So "stackoverflow.com", "serverfault.com" and "superuser.com" are topics then? [NOTE: I'm not being totally serious here] –  ChrisF Feb 18 '13 at 13:33
    
I really think the .com should be removed @Chris... it's kinda pointless. It could easily by "stack overflow", "server fault" and "super user". –  ben is uǝq backwards Feb 18 '13 at 13:39

By the same rationale the following changes should also be made:

  • Cooking to Seasoned Advice
  • Apple to Ask Different
  • Stats to Cross Validated
  • Judaism to Mi Yodeya

Having said that I'm in two minds about this. On the All Sites page you can click on a site and it explains what the site is about. In the footer this doesn't happen. A descriptive single word in the footer that adequately explains what the site is about may be preferable to the brand of the site itself, which is available once you navigate there anyway.

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Maybe I'm going blind but is Mi Yodeya missing as well? –  ben is uǝq backwards Feb 18 '13 at 13:03
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Ben: "Judaism". –  Matt Feb 18 '13 at 13:05
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I agree that the footer should be somewhat synchronized with the "all sites" list, but good point that it should be kept short. However "gaming" is no better than "arqade" in my opinion. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 18 '13 at 13:07
    
Cheers @Matt, I am going blind! –  ben is uǝq backwards Feb 18 '13 at 13:07
    
Hm, interestingly I note that Superuser/stackoverflow/Server Fault are all listed as "X.com", probably since they're not topic names. I'd rather keep the topic names for that list. –  Ben Brocka Feb 18 '13 at 14:35

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