In the hot questions box (top left corner thingy), it shows which site the questions are from by showing the domain name below them. I recently suggested that English Language Learners change their domain to something like englishlearners.stackexchange.com instead of ell.stackexchange.com to make this more meaningful, but one of the comments pointed out that when we link to sites, we should use the full name anyway, instead of the URLs.

So, can we change the hot questions to show the site name instead of URL?

For example, change:

Expression for "running/getting out of somewhere really fast"


Expression for "running/getting out of somewhere really fast"
English Language Learners

  • Similar, though implemented already: Shouldn't "Apple" in the Stack Exchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropDown™ (all sites) have "Ask Different" as the title? (which, by the way, gives you the official name of the top left corner thingy).
    – jscs
    Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 22:20
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    Unfortunately, some SE sites have silly/undescriptive names. For example, cooking.stackexchange.com is a lot clearer than "Seasoned Advice".
    – interjay
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 16:59
  • @interjay If the sites with silly names progress out of beta, they'll get domain names that are just as silly (see: stackoverflow.com, superuser.com, serverfault.com..). Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 17:09
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    But cooking is out of beta. As are gaming ("Arqade"), stats ("Cross Validated"), apple ("Ask Different"), judaism ("Mi Yodeya"), etc. Are the domain names for all sites going to change?
    – interjay
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 17:17
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    It looks like SE changed their policy about top-level domain names, so sites out of beta can get one, but it's not being pushed as hard as it used to be, and they want them to be useful: blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/10/domain-names-the-wrong-question Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 17:22
  • @interjay and Brendan: For sites with "silly names", we (Stack Exchange) own the URLs and they serve as redirects. The primary will always be a something.stackexchange.com, but the vanity URLs are used for swag and promoting purposes (seasonedadvice.com, arqade.com, etc.).
    – Laura
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 16:56


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