It's natural to want to abbreviate the names of Stackexchange sites as name.se. But, .se is a valid top-level domain, and in fact photo.se is a registered domain running a real web site (although it redirects you elsewhere).

So, in the form of a question:

Should we stop referring to this site as photo.se?

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  • Yes, agreed we should avoid this confusion, especially in the interests of newcomers. – labnut Jan 5 '11 at 12:17
  • How about: "Should we stop referring to this site as "photo.se"?" – Tom Jan 6 '11 at 8:58
  • @Tom: Sure, that'll work. :) – Please Read My Profile Jan 9 '11 at 15:13

It's always sweden, isn't it?

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    That's not very nice :-( – monotux Jan 5 '11 at 15:22
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    +1 for Awesome. :-) – Jay Lance Photography Jan 5 '11 at 19:09
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    @monotux: I think that was from his visit to Finland :D – Alan Jan 7 '11 at 22:41

FWIW, here's the text of the page according to Google Translate:

Photo.se has grown popular way too fast, with lots of visitors and high picture influx, and is now down for technical maintenance.

Meanwhile, a visit to FotoFynd.se a new advertising market to buy & sell photographic equipment! You moved there automatically within a few seconds.

So maybe there's a prospect for purchasing the domain? Or perhaps they would be willing to put in a note pointing to here.

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To avoid the confusion, I started abbreviating the site names as:


  • Webapps-SE
  • Gaming-SE
  • Cooking-SE

Let's see how that goes. That should avoid the confusion with the domain name, across the network.

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Just happened to see this ... over at the TeX sister site, we've been trying to refer to it as "tex.SX" to avoid this problem. (Being currently resident only a few miles from the border with Sweden, I try not to upset them as much as possible.)

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    I think it's probably better to avoid anything domain-name like. – Please Read My Profile Jan 8 '11 at 20:53

I think, pretty clearly, the answer is:

We should discourage use of photo.se or any other domain-name-like nickname for the site.

Alternatives might be:

  • photo SE
  • Photo-SE
  • photo@se (e-mail-like better than domain-name-like?)
  • stackexchange photo (yeah okay, not so short)
  • photo stackexchange (*cough*)
  • "this site"

(I'm making this post community wiki so other suggestions can be added.)

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