I'm continuing my collection of minor UI tirades. Today's rant: getting rid of "Parent".
Parent is the name for the core Q&A side of StackExchanges sites. (It's the alternate of "meta").
"Parent" suggests a superior.
"Parent" is a coding term about inheritance hierarchies.
"Parent" is not comfortable with prepositions. "Go post it on parent," sounds funny.
Non-coders don't know what parent technically means. They think it could generally mean where you came from, but really, parent suggests whoever is in charge. None of these things make the name an intuitive choice for the primary area of a StackExchange site.
There wasn't supposed to be a meta, originally. Now that every site has one, and as StackExchange grows, the name matters. Every UI element makes SE that much more or less intuitive, mobile, and open to newcomers. Unless it's somehow the point to keep new users guessing, I don't see why this particular design aspect is worth keeping through the SE 2.0 rollout and expansion.
What to call it instead? What it is. It's where things happen. It's the center. It's Main.
Meta and Parent? Not clear enough.
Meta and Main? Just works.
Call it Main.