I realize that Stack Exchange isn't big on entirely branded sites, and that it takes a large amount of traffic or a very specialty site to give them a reason to give a site an identity, but I still think it helps to suggest alternate names.

For that reason, I'm asking if "softwarerecs.stackexchange.com" is the best way to call this site. I have a feeling it's stuck already, but if you have an idea, now's the time to say something.

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    Must admit I'm not a fan of "softwarerecs" - it took me a few goes to actually see what it was!?
    – MrWhite
    Feb 4, 2014 at 22:36
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    @w3d I understood it right away, but it's very ugly to say. Feb 4, 2014 at 22:44
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    Plus, it's a homophone of "Software wrecks" :/ Feb 4, 2014 at 23:00

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Assuming that the formal site title "Software Recommendations" is not going to change (it may, and that's fine, but this is assuming it won't), I think we can use the following abbreviations / shorthand in chat and when referring to Software Recommendations on other sites:

  • Abbreviation: SR (side question: are there any other SE sites with the abbreviation SR?)
  • Shorthand: swrec or sw-rec
  • SuperUsers might like to call it "The place where we throw all our off-topic questions" ;-))) (I'm only 82% kidding... seriously, I would worry a lot about the health of this site if SR were made a close vote migration path from SU, because a lot of bad questions would get thrown here.)
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    I like software.se and we're just ferry captains helping people find their way in the dark and cold "sea" ;-)
    – jcolebrand
    Feb 4, 2014 at 23:04
  • We don't need to worry about the SU migration thing right now, the policy is not to migrate stuff from graduated sites to beta sites.
    – Undo
    Feb 5, 2014 at 15:17
  • Some AU users apparently considers to do the same.
    – Braiam
    Feb 10, 2014 at 17:25
  • @jcolebrand No please no general 'software' only in the abbreviation. 'Recommendations' has to be in there one way or another, or we get more off-topic questions
    – user416
    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:01

I like the idea of something like "Software Sherpas" or something.

Definitely tho, software.stackexchange.com or recommendation.stackexchange.com is better than softwarerecs.stackexchange.com

Seems like the opinion is for software.stackexchange.com

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    +1 for recommendation.stackexchange.com Feb 4, 2014 at 22:34
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    Although, "software" is central to the whole site, so something as general as "recommendation" might not work.
    – MrWhite
    Feb 4, 2014 at 22:37
  • I like that idea
    – Rajiv
    Feb 4, 2014 at 22:40
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    "recommendation" is too general because someone may want to create a "hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com" at some point -- in fact it's quite likely to happen if this site makes it past public beta without being canned. Feb 4, 2014 at 22:58
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    software.stackexchange.com is simple and straight forward.
    – juergen d
    Feb 5, 2014 at 13:11
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    Ugh, no. “Recommendation” is the core of what we do here. software.stackexchange.com wouldn't make sense: other existing sites such as SU have more title to it. Feb 5, 2014 at 17:35
  • This site isn't for vacation rental recommendations tho, or book recommendations
    – jcolebrand
    Feb 5, 2014 at 18:17
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    What is wrong with softwarerecommendations.stackexchange.com? Except for it being long.
    – Bernhard
    Feb 9, 2014 at 10:48
  • The fact that it's long
    – jcolebrand
    Feb 10, 2014 at 1:15
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    It was decided that labeling this site simply "software." or "recommendations." was too broad a label and potentially very misleading. If this type of site works, there would likely be other "recommendation" sites and the word "software" was simply too broad to apply to this narrow use case, misleading folks in what this site is about. Feb 10, 2014 at 14:14
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    That's fine and well, but "software wrecks" doesn't flow off the tongue. If that's the name, then SR.SE would be easier.
    – jcolebrand
    Feb 10, 2014 at 21:02
  • @allquixotic, hardware-recs up and coming
    – Pacerier
    May 21, 2015 at 10:06
  • @RobertCartaino, Sad that of all the words, the word "recommendation" doesn't have a synonym. In any case, why is sw not an acceptable shortform for software in softwarerecs?
    – Pacerier
    May 21, 2015 at 10:11

I would love to see the sites name be software-recs. I think the enhanced readability offsets the additional character.

(In fact I read the current name to be softwarecs, which it isn't...)


This might be a bit late to the party. But having to type softwarerecs.stackexchange.com (30 characters!) everytime does feel rather taxing on the fingers.

Inspired by hsm.stackexchange.com, I think it's great if there's a chance we could shorten the url to swr.stackexchange.com.

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    I'd prefer sr.stackexchange.com, but yeah, swr would be better then what it is now. Jun 16, 2015 at 10:23
  • @AngeloFuchs, Good idea, though some other SE site (cf.) might try to claim that spot too.
    – Pacerier
    Oct 20, 2015 at 7:57
  • That one is closed. The spot would be free. Oct 20, 2015 at 11:59

How about


that constitutes Software and Recommendations altogether and is pretty small to fit in.

Its Quite Catchy too.

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    There are already, at least: "Softrex Consulting Inc.", and "Softrex | Software Engineering Pretoria".
    – unor
    Jun 19, 2015 at 18:15
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    @Unor We can be more popular than them ;-)
    – user416
    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:04

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