Programmers Stack Exchange is now officially Software Engineering Stack Exchange, which made me curious about history: is this the first time this has happened?

Has any SE site previously changed its name after launch? Is SE.SE a first?

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It's not the first. Here are the other renames across the network:

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    Don't forget the original Programmers rename (NPR). :)
    – hichris123
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 2:59
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    @hichris123 I was thinking about that earlier today... and for the life of me I can't recall if it launched into private beta as Not Programming Related or if it was "renamed" before private beta launch. :) My memory apparently doesn't go quite that far back.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 2:59
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    According to this it was launched as Programmers. So, your memory isn't all that bad. :)
    – hichris123
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 3:04
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    @hichris123 Looks like it was graduated as Programmers, but was in beta as Not Programming Related. Seems about right. As I recall, it was the last site in the network that graduated after 90 days in public beta, which was the expected schedule at the time.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 3:05
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    Mi Yodeya was an SE 1.0 site that become Jewish Life & Learning, an SE 2.0 beta site, that then became Mi Yodeya when it graduated. No URL change at graduation, though, which is consistent with (e.g.) Ask Different which is apple.SE, Seasoned Advice which is cooking.SE, and probably others. Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 3:06
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    I've edited to just make a list... please feel free to edit to add any other ones.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 3:10
  • I think it would be helpful to simply list all these sites renames in Recent feature changes log. Frankly it was the first thing I tried to check when I saw this question because I expected them listed over there. Was quite disappointed to find out that site renames aren't tracked there
    – gnat
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 8:05
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    Pretty sure that Mechanics was once called Garage mechanics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1814/…, but I'm not sure when it was changed. Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 19:53

No it's not the first. Music: Practice & Theory used to be called Musical Practice and Performance and it was changed on the site's road to graduation.


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