In coming across a question to be migrated to Mathematics, I accidentally migrated the question to the newly-out-of-private-beta Mathematica site.

This happened because when migrating to Mathematics, I used to just type "math" in the dialog for "off topic".

However, typing "math" in the "off topic" dialog box reduces the results two four options, the first being the Mathematica site:

Off-topic for "math"

Given that the Mathematica community uses "mma" as shorthand for Mathematica, let us use the same shorthand when migrating to Mathematica, and have "math" filter down to one choice.

(Note: I'm open to other options on this, as the general issue is the fact that "Mathematica" and "Mathematics" differ on the last letter and it's a pain point in the off-topic dialog).

  • It's not a solution, but a helpful thought for now would be to look at the logo instead of the name. Maths has a distinct logo. – Grace Note Jan 30 '12 at 16:56
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    @GraceNote I agree, better observation would have prevented this in the first place. I predict that the names being so similar are going to bring up various little pain points like these. – casperOne Jan 30 '12 at 16:59
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    At the risk of sounding sassy: suck it up and pay attention. It's one extra second that means some poor moderation team doesn't have to deal with mistaken migrations. – Aarthi Jan 30 '12 at 17:01
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    I'm suggesting a red octagon for the Mathematica logo so we can easily tell it from Mathematics' red hexagon. – Bill the Lizard Jan 30 '12 at 17:07
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    How about including the sub-domain names in the search? Then math would be an exact match for math.se, while mathe would match mathematica.se. – hammar Jan 30 '12 at 17:08
  • @hammar Pretty sure URLs are already included. IME, the search works for both site names and URLs, so mathe would match both Math and MMA anyway. – Adam Lear Jan 30 '12 at 17:10
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    @AnnaLear: Then it just needs to rate exact URL matches higher than partial title matches. – hammar Jan 30 '12 at 17:11
  • @BilltheLizard +1! – Alenanno Jan 30 '12 at 17:14
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    What would happen when Mixed Martial Arts gets an SO site? CHAOS! – CanSpice Jan 30 '12 at 17:18
  • @CanSpice I imagine that would just fall under the martial arts proposal. – Matt Chan Jan 30 '12 at 17:26

Make yourself a new five letter nickname for Mathematics, I propose


Only the correct sites listed

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    What happens when the "attics" proposal comes out of private beta and then I miss a "t"? – casperOne Jan 30 '12 at 18:18
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    @casperOne chances are slim you will need to migrate a html parser check to a site about forgotten photos and paranormal activity – phwd Jan 30 '12 at 18:22
  • I've actually done this twice today, works like a charm. It's only a workaround, and I think there's a general feature request here, but for now, this is keeping me from having to remove my hands from the keyboard. – casperOne Jan 30 '12 at 21:39

Mathematica needs to be listed when you input "Math", because, well, it's in the name. Search is based off of both the name and the URL - so that's why both motor and mechanics will get you Motor Vehicle & Maintenance (which is at mechanics.stackexchange.com).

The most you could hope for in this direction is that mma could also lead to Mathematica, but there isn't really a chance that it should not return Mathematica when searching for any substring of its name (which includes math) - this betrays both functionality and expectations. However, that is somewhat dependent on getting mma into the URL or otherwise of Mathematica. And it won't solve the problem you're actually running into.

One thing, not sure on the feasibility, but it might be nice to prioritize the listing of options with a full-name or full-URL match. In that way, entering math would list math.stackexchange (Mathematics) first. Short of changing the order, though, I don't know much which could be done.

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