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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 Oct 21 '16 at 2:59
  • @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 Oct 21 '16 at 2:59
  • According to this it was launched as Programmers. So, your memory isn't all that bad. :) – hichris123 Oct 21 '16 at 3:04
  • @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 Oct 21 '16 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. – Monica Cellio Oct 21 '16 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 Oct 21 '16 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 Oct 21 '16 at 8:05
  • Seasoned Advice? – Catija Oct 21 '16 at 13:19
  • @Catija My memory doesn't go that far back. Not sure if it was called that in beta or if it got the name upon graduation. – Adam Lear Oct 21 '16 at 15:15
  • Nothing to Install -> Web Applications? – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Jan 15 '18 at 1:10
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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. – Bhargav Rao Sep 17 '18 at 19:53
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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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  • Oh yeah! I forgot about that one. – Adam Lear Oct 21 '16 at 3:01

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