Ask Ubuntu, for example has ubuntu.stackexchange.com redirect. Why does Stack Overflow have no such redirects?

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    It is part of the original trio (Super User, Stack Overflow, Server Fault) that predates Stack Exchange as a whole – Anthony Pham Mar 14 '17 at 16:37
  • Actually asking for that. – Erkin Alp Güney Mar 14 '17 at 16:58
  • Cause we're speshul – Bart Mar 14 '17 at 18:12
  • Because then SO will claim for having stackexchange.stackoverflow.com! (I mean SO, the company is more popular then SE) :p – Pandya Mar 17 '17 at 13:41
  • They are the same company. – Erkin Alp Güney Mar 17 '17 at 14:11
  • @ErkinAlpGüney: Why do you need it? Just go to stackoverflow.com like everybody else. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 11 '17 at 19:21
  • Regularity and symmetry. – Erkin Alp Güney Jul 15 '17 at 19:31

Why does Stack Overflow have no such redirects?

Because it predates Stack Exchange.

By the time the idea of Stack Exchange came up, Stack Overflow was well established - in fact, the original idea was to have a bunch of sites each with their own name, which is why some of the earliest sites in the network have their own names (Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User). However that became untenable.

You can ask why we didn't go back then, and change the names of the sites to be <sitename>.stackexchange.com - the reason would be that these sites already had an identity, and we didn't want to disrupt that.


Oded described the "why it doesn't exist" part, but to respond to the feature request... we're not going to add a redirect just for the sake of having it. It's a maintenance cost (albeit a minor one) that has little to no practical benefit. At this point in Stack Overflow's history, I don't see why anyone would think to go to stackoverflow.stackexchange.com instead of stackoverflow.com itself.

  • I believe programmers, crawlers, and people with some form of complulsion for order would use (if not demand) the *.stackexchange.com pattern. Having the original domains are just more readable and writable. – ShooShoSha Sep 8 '17 at 20:50
  • @ShooShoSha Dunno about the rest, but programmers and crawlers target stackoverflow.com just fine. :) – Adam Lear Sep 8 '17 at 20:51

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