Just curious. What are the "official" names for Stack Exchange sites?

I ask because I notice a discrepancy for certain sites. For instance https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/ is called Programming Puzzles & Code Golf in many places, but Code Golf in others, so I don't know what the "real" name is.

If, as I fear, those designations are supposed to be the same, and there is a mismatch somewhere, does that mean the names are stored in more than one place in the database? That would be a horrible thought! Or am I simply missing something?

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    Also, Ask Ubuntu vs Ubuntu-Stack Exchange? Which is correct? – Reinstate Monica - ζ-- Oct 24 '12 at 11:29
  • I guess the official name is what you see on the left-side of top (main) header on the homepage of a particular Stack Exchange site. – Aziz Shaikh Oct 24 '12 at 12:26
  • "official" names for Trilogy sites are listed in Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms – gnat Oct 24 '12 at 14:29
  • Is it possible that, instead of storing it in different places in a database, in the database there's an official and abbreviated name for every SE? That example for "Code Golf" is an incredibly small space initially. – Lee Louviere Oct 24 '12 at 15:04
  • @Xaade If you mean a shorter name was chosen on that page because of screen space restraints, in that case it wasn't done very consistently. For instance, the name "Software Quality Assurance and Testing" doesn't even fit; they could have chosen a shorter one there as well. – Mr Reenlist'er Oct 24 '12 at 16:53
  • @MrLister No, I'm not suggesting a shorter name was chosen because of screen restraints. I'm suggesting they have the option to create a shorthand name, and it's used whenever needed. There's no opportunity for people choosing the short name to see everywhere it's used. See Jaydles answer. It appears I guessed close, but the reverse is true. The shorthand is the url, and a detailed name is optional. – Lee Louviere Oct 31 '12 at 19:42

I guess it depends a little what you mean by "proper". That said:

  • Every site* has a "short name" that is in its url, preceding ".stackechange.com", ("gaming", "money", "diy"etc.) and which is used in most of the "official" records
  • Some sites also have a longer or more boutique name that is used in the site's header ("Arqade", "Personal Finance and Money", "Home Improvement", etc.)

EDIT: Having read the comments, I'm not sure there's a definitive answer here.

Internally, people will say both "Gaming" and "Arqade". Similarly, I tend to call the Home Improvement site "DIY", but others call it "Home Improvement", which is probably closer to its "proper" name. I think some of the confusion stems from the fact that some sites have boutique names, while others don't.

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