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I've recently found out that www.odata.stackexchange.com does not work while odata.stackexchange.com does.

Now I know the www prefix isn't liked, but it should exist, and simply redirect to odata.stackexchange.com. For those of us who are used to/accidentally type www at the beginning, this is really annoying.

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I wouldn't classify this as "really annoying", unless you keep doing it...in which case I don't think DNS is the problem :) –  Nick Craver Sep 15 '10 at 1:20
    
Maybe really annoying was a bit much, buts its still annoying. Were talking <5 minutes fix this. –  TheLQ Sep 15 '10 at 1:26
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Just type the www at the end... you'll be much more amused - odata.stackexchange.com/www –  Peter Ajtai Sep 15 '10 at 1:27
    
IMO, this is a feature request, not a bug. –  jjnguy Sep 15 '10 at 2:24

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Well, thanks to you, anybody with that problem in the future will find this question and know they have to remove the www.

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In related news, these also do not exist:

nothing.odata.stackexchange.com
zip.odata.stackexchange.com
zilch.odata.stackexchange.com
bupkis.odata.stackexchange.com
unicornterror.odata.stackexchange.com

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evilpumpkin.odata.stackexchange.com also not working –  Alex Angas Sep 15 '10 at 6:42
    
Why can't you just have www redirect to the non-www version like practically every other site out there? Why is it hated so much? The Prefix www is pushed out on commercials, websites, blogs, auto-fixing url tools in software, etc. Your ignoring a standard here. –  TheLQ Sep 15 '10 at 14:11
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BTW, www.reader.google.com exists, www.stackoverflow.com exists, www.stackexchange.com exists, www.mail.yahoo.com exists, www.thedailywtf.com exists, www.microsoft.com exists, www.en.wikipedia.com exists, www.msdn.microsoft.com exists, www.us.php.net exists, etc etc etc. So why is SO the exception? –  TheLQ Sep 15 '10 at 14:32

Though I get the whole www thing I don't think it makes sense for sites that already have 3 parts like: foo.bar.com.

If we went with allowing this then we would have to do www.chat.stackoverflow.com and www.blog.stackexchange.com etc .... where would this madness stop?

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Uhm... couldn't you edit your hosts file?

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Uhm... who downvoted? –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Sep 15 '10 at 18:30
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I didn't downvote, but this does strike me as a very impractical solution –  Jeff Atwood Sep 16 '10 at 1:58
    
@Jeff: Ya, but it's a rediculous question :) –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Sep 16 '10 at 2:36

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