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Now that Stack Overflow has become a group of four sites (Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, and now this meta site), what's a good way to refer to the complete group? Is there an official name?

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The Trilogy. Obviously. After the many books in the Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy.

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    Indeed the fourth book has the comment "The fourth book in the inaccurately named Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy" and the fifth has "The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named..." Commented Jul 18, 2009 at 18:46
  • It doesn't seem fitting to refer to websites as a "trilogy", though.
    – Mark C
    Commented Apr 13, 2010 at 14:58
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The best way to refer to the trilogy is, of course, with a regular expression:

S[OFU]

Pronounced "ess oh eff you", naturally.

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    I thought SOFU rhymes with tofu.
    – kinokijuf
    Commented Jun 8, 2013 at 21:50
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Isn't it already called the Stack Overflow Trilogy?

But if an abbreviation is key, SOFU could work

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  • SOFU? I think many people might mistake that as an abbreviation for something else. Commented Jul 18, 2009 at 18:45
  • Quadrology perhaps.
    – akarnokd
    Commented Jul 18, 2009 at 20:11
  • SOFU - and if you want to include Meta, then SOFUM.
    – Anthony K
    Commented Aug 20, 2009 at 1:02
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    Definitely this one (trilogy), ala Hitchhiker's Guide "trilogy" Commented Apr 14, 2010 at 13:55
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M?S[OFU]

because we can parse the trilogy with regex, even if it's made up of HTML.

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  • This answer needs 3900 votes, NOW!
    – Mark C
    Commented Nov 1, 2010 at 4:48
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The Super Stack Fault Tetralogy. (That's what I'm going to call it, anyway.)

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  • SO/SF/SU/Meta
  • My addiction
  • The Stack Overflow family
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S*

or maybe

S?

I'd like to think that most of the users of these sites either already know what a wildcard is, or could be taught easily.

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    S? would seriously make the most sense... but no one would understand it and it would be confusing for SEO, etc.
    – Travis
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 19:35
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    S* would be more widely understood, if less accurate Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 23:14
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The Four Horsemen? Stackapalooza?

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    I like Stackapalooza, if only as a joke.
    – Mark C
    Commented Apr 14, 2010 at 9:14
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Well, they call it the Stack Overflow Trilogy on the blog. But I have no idea how you'd include Meta in that group.

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    Meta is the redhead stepchild. Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 1:00
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    Some folks prefer red heads you know. Commented Jul 18, 2009 at 18:47
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(The) Stacks

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The Atwoods Family (TAF, speak "tough")

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The Increasingly Inaccurately Named StackOverflow Trilogy

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I call it simply Jeff's :)

Meta User Super Server Stack Overflow Fault when I want to explain it to my colleagues :)

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Stack Overflow site family?

Stack Overflow is still the first site. The commercial version of this web application is called by it, so... there is also so-family tag.

EDIT:

Stack Family?

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  • Calling it the site family makes sense, however it's a bit long, and a bit clunky in some situations...
    – Eric
    Commented Jul 16, 2009 at 0:06
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Stack-Tip Downwash

Only a suggestion.

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For me:

Stack Overflow is dev
Server Fault   is svr
Super User     is usr
Meta SO        is alt

and if you think about it, each of them are just variants of CODEMONKEY!!!

So I vote for The CODEMONKEY COMMUNE

Why Commune? I give you the top 3 results on Wikipedia's disambig page for Commune:

Commune may refer to:

  • Commune (intentional community), a community in which resources are shared
  • Commune (socialism), a leftist model for society
  • Commune (card game), a poker-based bluffing game

Also if you haven't heard it yet, you may want to hear the Code Monkey song by Jonathan Coulton. Just don't go overboard and adopt it for an anthem or anything.

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3.1 (like 5.1 Surround Sound)

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