We use magic links to get a text-ready link to the SE sites. For example the magic link

[cryptography.se] provides a link to cryptography.

When we say;

it hides a detail about the link; cryptography of where.

If we used

This indicates that cryptography.SE is a Stack Exchange site and this is more indicative than the current version.

Shouldn't we update the magic text?

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    This would look awkward for all sites that are not one word, because you'd end up with something like "English Language & Usage.SE" as the text of the link. What is wrong with using whatever wording fits the context of how it is being used? Those magic links exist to provide a quick link to the site, not to force specific wording that may not be desired.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Dec 20, 2021 at 17:09
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    Is this discussion only applies to magic links that end with .SE? Otherwise, [so], [su], and [sf] will be more confusing, Stack Overflow.SE? Super User.SE? Server Fault.SE? Dec 20, 2021 at 17:43
  • @MetaAndrewT. yes, I did not consider them.
    – kelalaka
    Dec 20, 2021 at 17:57

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The advantage of the current implementation is that you're free to choose your own version:

  • This question is better asked on Cryptography.SE
  • This question is better asked on Cryptography Stack Exchange
  • This question is better asked on our sister site Cryptography
  • This question would receive better answers from our Cryptography experts

.SE in itself can be confusing as well, especially if you only know Stack Overflow (not unlikely as a new user) and/or live in Sweden, which has the .se Top Level Domain.

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    I try to avoid using ".SE" because of the TLD. You get the same effect by removing the period: "Cryptography SE".
    – Laurel
    Dec 20, 2021 at 17:12

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