I finally got tired of scrolling through the site list and created a note to remind me.

My goal is to not post questions to the wrong community. I find deciding between Super User vs. Stack Overflow and Super User vs. Server Fault to be particularly challenging. I always refer back to the phrasing.

I think it would help with the quality and relevance of questions if both the / and /questions/ask for each site included the blurb shown on the sites list.

Why doesn't the root (and 'ask') page of SE sites explain what the site is for?

The site descriptions are quite good and worth displaying...

  • Stack Overflow - Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers
  • Server Fault - Q&A for system and network administrators
  • Super User - Q&A for computer enthusiasts and power users
  • Meta Stack Exchange - Q&A for meta-discussion of the Stack Exchange family of Q&A websites
  • Web Applications - Q&A for power users of web applications
  • Arqade - Q&A for passionate videogamers on all platforms
  • Webmasters - Q&A for pro webmasters
  • Seasoned Advice - Q&A for professional and amateur chefs
  • Game Development - Q&A for professional and independent game developers
  • Photography - Q&A for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers
  • Cross Validated - Q&A for people interested in statistics, machine learning, data analysis, data mining, and data visualization
  • Mathematics - Q&A for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields
  • Home Improvement - Q&A for contractors and serious DIYers
  • Geographic Information Systems - Q&A for cartographers, geographers and GIS professionals
  • TeX - LaTeX - Q&A for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems
  • Ask Ubuntu - Q&A for Ubuntu users and developers Personal Finance & Money - Q&A for people who want to be financially literate
  • English Language & Usage - Q&A for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts
  • Stack Apps - Q&A for apps, scripts, and development with the Stack Exchange API
  • User Experience - Q&A for user experience researchers and experts
  • Unix & Linux - Q&A for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems
  • WordPress Development - Q&A for WordPress developers and administrators
  • Theoretical Computer Science - Q&A for theoretical computer scientists and researchers in related fields
  • Ask Different - Q&A for power users of Apple hardware and software
  • Role-playing Games - Q&A for gamemasters and players of tabletop, paper-and-pencil role-playing games
  • Bicycles - Q&A for people who build and repair bicycles, people who train cycling, or commute on bicycles
  • Software Engineering - Q&A for professionals, academics, and students working within the systems development life cycle who care about creating, delivering, and maintaining software responsibly
  • Electrical Engineering - Q&A for electronics and electrical engineering professionals, students, and enthusiasts
  • Android Enthusiasts - Q&A for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system
  • Board & Card Games - Q&A for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games
  • Physics - Q&A for active researchers, academics and students of physics
  • Homebrewing - Q&A for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts
  • Information Security - Q&A for information security professionals
  • Writers - Q&A for authors, editors, reviewers, professional writers, and aspiring writers
  • Video Production - Q&A for engineers, producers, editors, and enthusiasts spanning the fields of video, and media creation
  • Graphic Design - Q&A for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts
  • Database Administrators - Q&A for database professionals who wish to improve their database skills and learn from others in the community
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy - Q&A for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts
  • Code Review - Q&A for peer programmer code reviews
  • Programming Puzzles & Code Golf - Q&A for programming puzzle enthusiasts and code golfers
  • Quantitative Finance - Q&A for finance professionals and academics
  • Project Management - Q&A for project managers
  • Skeptics - Q&A for scientific skepticism
  • Physical Fitness - Q&A for physical fitness professionals, athletes, trainers, and those providing health-related needs
  • Drupal Answers - Q&A for Drupal developers and administrators
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair - Q&A for mechanics and DIY enthusiast owners of cars, trucks, and motorcycles
  • Parenting - Q&A for parents, grandparents, nannies and others with a parenting role
  • SharePoint - Q&A for SharePoint enthusiasts
  • Music: Practice & Theory - Q&A for musicians, students, and enthusiasts
  • Software Quality Assurance & Testing - Q&A for software quality control experts, automation engineers, and software testers
  • Mi Yodeya - Q&A for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more
  • German Language - Q&A for speakers of German wanting to discuss the finer points of the language and translation
  • Japanese Language - Q&A for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Japanese language
  • Philosophy - Q&A for those interested in the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence
  • Gardening & Landscaping - Q&A for gardeners and landscapers
  • Travel - Q&A for road warriors and seasoned travelers
  • Personal Productivity - Q&A for people wanting to improve their personal productivity
  • Cryptography - Q&A for software developers, mathematicians and others interested in cryptography
  • Signal Processing - Q&A for practitioners of the art and science of signal, image and video processing
  • French Language - Q&A for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the French language
  • Christianity - Q&A for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more
  • Bitcoin - Q&A for Bitcoin crypto-currency enthusiasts
  • Linguistics - Q&A for professional linguists and others with an interest in linguistic research and theory
  • Biblical Hermeneutics - Q&A for professors, theologians, and those interested in exegetical analysis of biblical texts
  • History - Q&A for historians and history buffs
  • LEGO® Answers - Q&A for LEGO® and building block enthusiasts
  • Spanish Language - Q&A for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Spanish language
  • Computational Science - Q&A for scientists using computers to solve scientific problems
  • Movies & TV - Q&A for movie and tv enthusiasts
  • Chinese Language - Q&A for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Chinese language
  • Biology - Q&A for biology researchers, academics, and students
  • Poker - Q&A for serious players and enthusiasts of poker
  • Mathematica - Q&A for users of Wolfram Mathematica
  • Cognitive Sciences - Q&A for practitioners, researchers, and students in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry
  • The Great Outdoors - Q&A for people who love outdoor activities, excursions, and outdoorsmanship
  • Martial Arts - Q&A for students and teachers of all martial arts
  • Sports - Q&A for participants in team and individual sport activities
  • Academia - Q&A for academics and those enrolled in higher education
  • Computer Science - Q&A for students, researchers and practitioners of computer science
  • The Workplace - Q&A for members of the workforce navigating the professional setting
  • Windows Phone - Q&A for enthusiasts and power users of Windows Phone OS
  • Chemistry - Q&A for scientists, academics, teachers and students
  • Chess - Q&A for serious players and enthusiasts of chess
  • Raspberry Pi - Q&A for users and developers of hardware and software for Raspberry Pi
  • Russian Language - Q&A for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Russian language
  • Islam - Q&A for Muslims, experts in Islam, and those interested in learning more about Islam
  • Salesforce - Q&A for Salesforce administrators, implementation experts, developers and anybody in-between
  • Ask Patents - Q&A for people interested in improving and participating in the patent system
  • Genealogy & Family History - Q&A for expert genealogists and people interested in genealogy or family history
  • Robotics - Q&A for professional robotic engineers, hobbyists, researchers and students
  • ExpressionEngine® Answers - Q&A for administrators, end users, developers and designers for ExpressionEngine® CMS
  • Politics - Q&A for people interested in governments, policies, -and political processes Anime & Manga - Q&A for anime and manga fans
  • Magento - Q&A for users of the Magento e-Commerce platform English Language Learners - Q&A for speakers of other languages learning English
  • Sustainable Living - Q&A for folks dedicated to a lifestyle that can be maintained indefinitely without depleting available resources
  • Tridion - Q&A for Tridion developers and administrators
  • Reverse Engineering - Q&A for researchers and developers who explore the principles of a system through analysis of its structure, function, and operation
  • Network Engineering - Q&A for network engineers
  • Open Data - Q&A for developers and researchers interested in open data
  • Freelancing - Q&A for self-employed and freelance workers
  • Blender - Q&A for people who use Blender to create 3D graphics, animations, or games
  • MathOverflow - Q&A for professional mathematicians Space Exploration - Q&A for spacecraft operators, scientists, engineers, and enthusiasts
  • Sound Design - Q&A for sound engineers, producers, editors, and enthusiasts
  • Astronomy - Q&A for astronomers and astrophysicists
  • Tor - Q&A for researchers, developers, and users of Tor
  • Pets - Q&A for pet owners, caretakers, breeders, veterinarians, and trainers
  • Amateur Radio - Q&A for amateur radio enthusiasts
  • Italian Language - Q&A for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Italian language
  • Stack Overflow em Português - Q&A for programadores profissionais e entusiastas
  • Aviation - Q&A for aircraft pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts
  • Ebooks - Q&A for ebook publishers and readers
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits - Q&A for alcoholic beverage aficionados and those interested in beer, wine, or spirits
  • Software Recommendations - Q&A for people seeking specific software recommendations
  • Arduino - Q&A for developers of open-source hardware and software that is compatible with Arduino
  • Expatriates - Q&A for people living abroad on a long-term basis
  • Mathematics Educators - Q&A for those involved in the field of teaching mathematics
  • Earth Science - Q&A for those interested in the geology, meteorology, oceanography, and environmental sciences
  • Joomla - Q&A for Joomla! administrators, users, developers and designers
  • Data Science - Q&A for Data science professionals, Machine Learning specialists, and those interested in learning more about the field
  • Puzzling - Q&A for those who create, solve, and study puzzles
  • Craft CMS - Q&A for administrators, end users, developers and designers for Craft CMS
  • Buddhism - Q&A for people practicing or interested in Buddhist philosophy, teaching, and practice
  • Hinduism - Q&A for followers of the Hindu religion and those interested in learning more about Hinduism
  • Community Building - Q&A for community managers, administrators, and moderators
  • Startups - Q&A for entrepreneurs faced with delivering a new product or service under conditions of significant uncertainty
  • Worldbuilding - Q&A for writers/artists using science, geography and culture to construct imaginary worlds and settings „Çπ„Çø„ÉÉ„Ç؄ɪ„Ç™„ɺ„Éê„ɺ„Éï„É≠„ɺ - Q&A for „Éó„É≠„Ç∞„É©„Éû„ɺ„Å®„Éó„É≠„Ç∞„É©„Éü„É≥„Ç∞„Å´ÁܱÂøÉ„ÅƉ∫∫
  • Emacs - Q&A for those using, extending or developing Emacs
  • History of Science and Mathematics - Q&A for people interested in the history and origins of science and mathematics
  • Economics - Q&A for professional and academic economists and analysts
  • Lifehacks - Q&A for people looking to bypass life's everyday problems with simple tricks
  • Engineering - Q&A for professionals and students of engineering
  • Coffee - Q&A for people interested in all aspects of producing and consuming coffee
  • Vi and Vim - Q&A for people using the vi and Vim families of text editors
  • Music Fans - Q&A for music historians, critics, and fans
  • Woodworking - Q&A for professional and amateur woodworkers
  • CiviCRM - Q&A for administrators and users of the CiviCRM Constituent Relationship Management software
  • Health - Q&A for medical specialists, students, dietitians, and anyone with health-related questions
  • Stack Overflow –Ω–∞ —Ä—É—Å—Å–∫–æ–º - Q&A for –ø—Ä–æ–≥—Ä–∞–º–º–∏—Å—Ç–æ–≤ – —É—Å—Å–∫–∏–π —è–∑—ã–∫ - Q&A for –ª–∏–Ω–≥–≤–∏—Å—Ç–æ–≤, —ç—Ç–∏–º–æ–ª–æ–≥–æ–≤, –∏ —ç–Ω—Ç—É–∑–∏–∞—Å—Ç–æ–≤ —Ä—É—Å—Å–∫–æ–≥–æ —è–∑—ã–∫–∞
  • Mythology - Q&A for enthusiasts and scholars of mythology
  • Law - Q&A for legal professionals, students, and others with experience or interest in law
  • Open Source - Q&A for people organizing, marketing or licensing open source development projects
  • elementary OS - Q&A for developers and users of elementary OS and applications
  • Portuguese Language - Q&A for linguists, teachers and learners wanting to discuss the finer points of the Portuguese language
  • Computer Graphics - Q&A for computer graphics researchers and programmers
  • Hardware Recommendations - Q&A for people seeking specific hardware recommendations
  • Stack Overflow en español - Q&A for programadores y profesionales de la informática
  • 3D Printing - Q&A for 3D printing enthusiasts
  • Ethereum - Q&A for users of Ethereum, the crypto value and blockchain-based consensus network
  • Latin Language - Q&A for linguists, teachers, and students wanting to discuss the finer points of the Latin language
  • Language Learning - Q&A for students, teachers, polyglots, and anyone interested in the techniques of second-language acquisition
  • Retrocomputing - Q&A for vintage-computer hobbyists interested in restoring, preserving, and using the classic computer and gaming systems of yesteryear
  • Arts & Crafts - Q&A for artists and crafters
  • Korean Language - Q&A for linguists, teachers and students of the Korean language
  • Monero - Q&A for developers and users of the secure, private and untraceable cryptocurrency Monero
  • Artificial Intelligence - Q&A for people interested in conceptual questions about life and challenges in a world where "cognitive" functions can be mimicked in purely digital environment
  • Esperanto Language - Q&A for teachers and students of the Esperanto language
  • Sitecore - Q&A for developers and end users of the Sitecore CMS and multichannel marketing software

via (marcown modified added manually): curl https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=list#traffic | awk '{gsub("&amp;","\\&"); gsub("<[^>]*>",""); gsub("[[:space:]][[:space:]]*", " ");} /Q&A/{print prev " -" $0} {prev=$0}'


2 Answers 2


I mean we kinda do.

Stack Overflow has this:

The "How to Ask" section, which appears when creating a question, asks whether the question is about programming and includes links to the Help Center.

A subtitle under the site logo states, "For professional and enthusiast programmers".

and the others have some variation of the above depending on the site. You can also visit the Help Center (/help) and Tour (/tour)of each site if you forget.

  • I had never noticed that bold question in the "How to Ask" box. That is helpful. I still think it would be valid to have these standard descriptions in / and /questions/ask. I'll post an additional answer with a complete list. I think they are all very good and worth prominence. Jan 3, 2017 at 18:12
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    Ummm you shouldn't. This is probably not the right place to do so Jan 3, 2017 at 18:14
  • this is no longer accurate
    – Kevin B
    May 19, 2023 at 15:13
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    There is a banner shown at the top of the page when you haven't joined a site (at least, when I open a site in an incognito window – not sure if it still appears when you have an account on a different SE network site but you haven't joined the current one yet). For instance, on RPG.SE, this text is shown in the banner at the top: "Role-playing Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for gamemasters and players of tabletop, paper-and-pencil role-playing games. It only takes a minute to sign up."
    – V2Blast
    May 19, 2023 at 16:26

As of May 2023,

  • Stack Overflow has an entirely different homepage for users that are not logged in. Below is a screenshot. The image is very tall, so here it is shown using the "s" parameter (shows the "small" version); click to view the complete image.
    Stack Overflow homepage for not logged in users

  • The "standard homepage" shows a banner showing the site scope abbreviated version of the basic site workings. Below is the screenshot corresponding to Meta Stack Exchange.
    Meta Stack Exchange.

  • The Ask Question form has a new design released in 2020. Each community might customize it by following the corresponding process; see What site-specific changes can be made to the Ask Question page to help askers on that site write better questions?

Note: Don't rely on https://stackexchange.com/sites and https://data.stackexchange.com as the "one source of truth" to get the list of sites, instead use the community-curated list of sites: How can I get URLs and site names for a cross-site SEDE query?.


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