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@muntoo - I suggest you come up with a real reason soon... already picking up plenty of downvotes in a short time. Maybe an Area 51 Buffy site. – xiaohouzi79 Mar 18 '11 at 23:44
the most obvious reason would be as a defensive registration. But whether that's something the site owners would do or not is another question (when you start down that path, it can become a never-ending money-pit) – Spudley Mar 18 '11 at 23:49
How is anyone going to think buffer and stack are spelt the same? – random Mar 18 '11 at 23:55
I would believe should be protected but not bufferOverlow – Snowbear Mar 18 '11 at 23:59
both are gone :-P – Mohit Jain Mar 19 '11 at 0:36
It's not unregistered. – Gelatin Mar 19 '11 at 1:09
@Simon OK, nevermind – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 19 '11 at 1:35
So far your only argument for doing so is that it is unregistered. So what? Why does that matter? Are you suggesting that people will try to use to try to reach Stack Overflow (as @random suggests)? Or you think that some time in the future a sister site will be spawned with that name? Again, why would that happen? Only 3 sites will have their own TLD AFAIK: SO, SF and SU. Everything else will become a subdomain of I don't see any compelling reason why they'd want to reserve that name for anything (or any useful site would be named that). – Jeff Mercado Mar 19 '11 at 1:45
@jeff Careful with or any useful site would be named that. Who would have thought someone would name a site "Stack Overflow"? – RichardTheKiwi Mar 19 '11 at 1:53
@Richard: Yes but Stack already covers all things to do with programming. Any other conceivable usage that relates to that name would be too narrow to even become a live site or has a proposal on Area51 with a better name. I'm not saying that it's impossible that the domain will ever be used, it might be some time in the future, I'm just saying that there's no probable reason why SEI would want to reserve that. – Jeff Mercado Mar 19 '11 at 2:04
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Let's see... (hyphenated!)

Why again do you think bufferoverflow is special??

99.9% of stackoverflow/stackexchange traffic doesn't come from manually typing the URL. And of the 0.1%, 99% of the people who will type it actually know the correct name, and no sane person will go to for no reason expecting to find help on the other end.

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It's not reserved. – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 19 '11 at 0:53
And why reserve it when there already exists so many other sibling variants that have nothing to do with StackOverflow? – RichardTheKiwi Mar 19 '11 at 0:59
@Richard A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Confucius – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 19 '11 at 1:01
@muntoo - answer edited – RichardTheKiwi Mar 19 '11 at 1:08
@muntoo Confucius say, If you no understand difference between buffer overflow and stack overflow, you no come to Stack Overflow and ask silly questions. Seriously, how is randomly quoting philosophers going to help your case here? – Yi Jiang Mar 19 '11 at 1:14
@Yi Wait... you're the jury? I meant that we should reserve domains while we can, but since it already is (as @SimonBrown mentioned above), I accept defeat. (...For now. >:) ) – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 19 '11 at 4:58

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