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Formally, Meta Stack Exchange should be called as Meta Stack Exchange or MSE. But when writing on specialized sites, I frequently use:

This has been discussed somewhere on the meta or the ____

What could be filled in the blank beside MSE? I once used "mother meta", but it doesn't really fit. I want to use something that can fill the blank more naturally.

The reason for that is because when the word "meta" is primed before, the later should also have a word "meta" explicitly, and in the form "adj + meta", not as a proper noun.

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    What on earth is wrong with just using MSE?! Nothing else you could think of, is both more efficient and more effective, and will never be a better combination of both factors. – Nij Dec 30 '18 at 4:57
  • This was also discussed on Stack Exchange's meta aka MSE. – Mari-Lou A Dec 30 '18 at 6:37
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    Main meta is what I've taken to referring to it. MSE ought be universal, but is practically used for math and magneto stacks apparently as well. – Journeyman Geek Dec 30 '18 at 7:14
  • "network-wide meta" – rene Dec 30 '18 at 8:29
  • @Nij The reason for that is because when the word "meta" is primed before, the later should also have a word "meta" explicitly, and in the form "adj + meta", not as a proper noun. – Ooker Dec 30 '18 at 9:32
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    I have also heard the term "Über-meta" (or "Uber-meta"). – MEE was the missing bracket Dec 30 '18 at 10:02
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The only spellings I've ever seen for this site are "Meta Stack Exchange", "MSE", and occasionally "Meta SE". All of these are names most users will recognize. Any other name probably won't be recognized by most users. As for being "natural", an acronym is about as natural as you can get. I would highly recommend using "MSE" when you need an abbreviation.

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    The problem with the abbreviation MSE is that in some places it will be interpreted as referring to Math SE. Except when people think it refers to Mathematica SE. – Laurel Dec 30 '18 at 5:39
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    @Laurel I usually see those labeled as Math.SE and Mathematica.SE. Meta SE is better in that there's no other acronym to get it confused with. – Pika the Wizard of the Whales Dec 30 '18 at 5:41
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    Unless someone reads "Meta SE" as "meta software engineering"... :) – Jon Clements Dec 30 '18 at 8:21
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"Main meta" seems more natural than "mother meta". MSE ought be universal, but depends on the site it can be understood as Math Stack Exchange, Mathematica Stack Exchange, or Magneto Stack Exchange.


Thanks Journeyman Geek and Laurel

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