Currently it just gives an error page saying it doesn't exist. Obviously it resolves to a web server, so better to just serve the Software Recommendations site directly. Even the error page can be improved to provide a link to the correct site instead of incorrectly stating that it doesn't exist.

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    The site url for software recommendations is softwarerecs.stackexchange.com. What you are seeing is a default "this subdomain doesn't exist" page/redirect; you'd see exactly the same page for e.g., inappropriatecontent.stackexchange.com or user-chloe.stackexchange.com Aug 6, 2018 at 17:15
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    @JeffZeitlin Do you think the site should be harder to navigate and use, or easier?
    – Chloe
    Aug 6, 2018 at 17:34
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    How often do users navigate by typing an entire URL into their location bar, rather than clicking on the link in the Stack Exchange menu (optionally using the search feature) or a bookmark or typing part of the URL with the rest being auto-completed? Is it really worth the effort to implement a list of possible suggestions or synonyms? Aug 6, 2018 at 17:50
  • Somewhat related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/304959/…
    – rene
    Aug 6, 2018 at 17:54
  • I should note that the only reason I have not made my first comment into an Answer, and have not encouraged Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog to do the same with his comment to jkdev's answer is because I believe that those statements need to come from a member of the StackExchange team directly in order to be official. Until they have spoken, it's all just surmise and guesses, no matter how accurate. Aug 6, 2018 at 18:26
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Similar solution: Redirect the URL.

softwarerecommendations.stackexchange.com --> softwarerecs.stackexchange.com

We're already doing this with Software Engineering:

programmers.stackexchange.com --> softwareengineering.stackexchange.com

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    That redirection is due to the site originally being called Programmers. Aug 6, 2018 at 17:54
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    Do note that all current redirects in the system exist due to special circumstances. In this case, the Software Engineering site was previously called Programmers. There are some other cases, such as Psychology being previously called "Cognitive Sciences" and thus having the redirect cogsci.stackexchange.com, and Ask Ubuntu previously being called Ubuntu Stack Exchange and thus having the redirect ubuntu.stackexchange.com. The SE team has generally refused to have redirects except under these special circumstances. Aug 6, 2018 at 17:56
  • This is my favorite answer but not sure I should be the one to select it because I do not have the access to implement it and selecting an answer will mark it closed and the owners will ignore it.
    – Chloe
    Aug 7, 2018 at 4:08
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    @Chloe: Accepting an answer does not keep SE staff from looking at or implementing the request. It may make it a bit less likely, but I'm dubious. Mostly, though, if it doesn't have a [status-*] tag on it, it's eligible. Aug 7, 2018 at 6:54

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