Apparently there is a strong belief that StackOverflow is not a forum. I don't buy that sort of things but some individuals are very sensitive about this.

What is an accurate and civil one-word substitute for a forum?

Bad examples:

  • site - too broad, applicable to both concrete forum and platform in general;
  • Q&A site - not one word, doesn't matter how short abbreviation is.

Using definition instead of a word creates unjustified cognitive load in a context where nobody cares about marketing strategies of Stack Exchange, Inc.

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    Why on earth do you have to have only one word to describe something? Q&A site is perfectly fine. – Robert Longson Mar 27 '16 at 10:49
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    Community. It has members who also moderate it, it's not just any web site. But technically, it's a Q&A site. If you want a language where everything can be described withoneword, you will probably have to createyourownlanguage. – ShaWiz Mar 27 '16 at 10:56
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    I might've said reference or resource since its main goal is a collection of questions/answers and problems/solutions. But then you add in meta, chat rooms, teams, the job site, etc... when you consider everything, it's too general for any single word to apply. But yeah, maybe "community". – Grant Mar 27 '16 at 11:00
  • @RobertLongson, why use four instead of one? I think this is too pretentious. – user2418306 Mar 27 '16 at 12:10
  • What about just Q &A? Sometimes the word "site" is omitted 'cause it's obvious. – Marshmallow Mar 27 '16 at 15:40
  • It's not self-contained nor obvious to new users. Consider it used in a sentence: "This question is off-topic on (in/at/?) this Q&A". – user2418306 Mar 27 '16 at 18:05
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    They will learn pretty quick as I have noticed myself. – Patrick Hofman Mar 27 '16 at 18:20
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    @User I'd choose "site" in that sentence of yours. – Marshmallow Mar 27 '16 at 18:26
  • Site doesn't differentiate SE platform from a single forum. For example, saying the same thing (with "site") on x.stackexchange.com implies stackexchange.com, while the question may be perfectly valid on y.stackexchange.com. – user2418306 Mar 27 '16 at 18:43

Q&A sites cover the purpose of the sites exactly. If that isn't short enough to you, that is no reason to not call it this way. All sites together are often called the SE network of sites.

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