I know that most stackexchange site urls are subdomains under stackexchange.com, such as android.se and unix.se.

Do the legacy sites (namely Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault) and others (e.g. http://askubuntu.com) also have a subdomain under stackexchange that would forward to their site?

If not, should they? I could see it being useful to have the option of all sites under one domain, and redirecting to or from the original unique domains.

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    If you don't mind expanding on your post - what problem would this solve? Why is this an issue? Or rather - how would this be useful? – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 15:41
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    Firstly it just seems a bit inconsistent. Do any new stackexchange sites get their own domain, or do they always get put as a subdomain (and the original sites only keep their domains because they are grandfathered out of that policy)? Also, perhaps new users would see something like serverfault.com and wonder if it is a clone (and thus not as reputable) or actually part of the stackexchange network. – Stephen Schrauger Nov 19 '13 at 15:45
  • At any rate, it was just a thought that popped in my head, and I figured I'd ask on meta to see what others thought. – Stephen Schrauger Nov 19 '13 at 15:46
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    Are you aware of the history of the different sites? With that context, it makes perfect sense. Consider that changing the Stack Overflow domain now would be foolish. – Oded Nov 19 '13 at 15:46
  • Just try it. (well, "Site not found") – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 19 '13 at 15:47
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    @Oded I think he means adding it, not replacing the existing domain. (and stackoverflow.stackexchange.com would redirect to stackoverflow.com same way meta.stackexchange.com already redirect here) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 19 '13 at 15:48
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    I just found a blog post on stackoverflow that explains a bit about choosing domain names for the .se sites. It's from 2010, but it still pertains to this question. blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/10/domain-names-the-wrong-question – Stephen Schrauger Nov 19 '13 at 17:38
  • Such a feature would most likely make programing apps and other things for Stack Exchange much easier! – NoviceSEMetaGeek Feb 13 '15 at 0:42

No, currently the legacy sites have no sub domain under http://stackexchange.com/: (all lead to "Site not found page)

  1. http://stackoverflow.stackexchange.com/
  2. http://serverfault.stackexchange.com/
  3. http://superuser.stackexchange.com/

Other sites do have sub domains, e.g.

  1. http://ubuntu.stackexchange.com redirects to https://askubuntu.com/
  2. http://meta.stackexchange.com is this very site

Should we add sub domains for the legacy sites? I don't think so. Those sites predate Stack Exchange network and can't see any real benefit from having such sub domain.

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    I don't know how significant it is, but there'd be a little benefit if someone wanted to map, e.g., site names to subdomains so that they could automatically generate http://$SUBDOMAINS[SITE-ID].stackexchange.com. – Joshua Taylor Nov 19 '13 at 16:09
  • @JoshuaTaylor what do you mean "automatically generate"? What for? – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 19 '13 at 16:09
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    I don't have a particular use case in mind. Maybe someone developing applications would find it useful. I'm just speaking from the perspective of a programmer and semantic webby/linked data person. Canonical identifiers that follow a predictable pattern can be handy. It seemed like a point in contrast to "Those sites predate Stack Exchange network and can't see any real benefit from having such sub domain." This seems like a potentially "real benefit from having such sub domain[s]." It's not necessarily a big benefit. The early ones are the sort of special cases we'd refactor in other code. – Joshua Taylor Nov 19 '13 at 16:11
  • @JoshuaTaylor I think I get your point but yeah, doesn't sound significant enough. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 19 '13 at 16:12
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    @JoshuaTaylor. If you want such a list, use the API: api.stackexchange.com/docs/…. – TRiG Feb 12 '15 at 16:19

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