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This is a follow-up to the discussion on renaming the site to match its FAQ, or changing the FAQ to match the site name.
That discussion is one of the highest voted questions on here, so this feature-request is to try and get a definitive answer from Stack Exchange about the possibility of getting this implemented. I apologize if sounds like a duplicate, however I was told to make a separate clear proposal for the feature-request, and not edit the existing question.
If you'd like to discuss the topic itself, please see the linked question
The name "Programmers" was selected for our site back when this was a Q&A site meant for programmers to ask and answer questions that were not related to programming. The site scope has changed dramatically since then to be for conceptual questions on software development only, and the descriptive name of Programmers no longer fits our site.
I believe our name is the biggest reason for the extremely high number of bad/off-topic questions that get asked here, because users not familiar with our site think this is a Q&A site about programmers, not one about conceptual software development.
The best analogy I can think of is creating an
Athletes.SE which is only for conceptual questions about sports, while questions about athletes themselves, or technical questions about sports, are both off-topic. It's very confusing, especially to new users.
I don't like sifting through so many off-topic questions to find ones that won't get closed, so would like to pick a new name for our site that better matches the site's scope, and change our site's name by doing the following:
Change the Title and Logo displayed on our site from Programmers to something else. This would be a cosmetic change only.
Register the name as a new SE domain name for the site to use
programmers.stackexchangedomain name active, and simply redirect it to the new site's domain name for SEO and to maintain old links
As for what name to use, I think the name should be something the community decides. If we get the OK to do something like this from SE, we can create a meta thread to determine a new name for the site.
To summarize, we advertise as a Q&A site about programmers, however we are not a site about programmers. We are a site for getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. Lets change our name to clarify that.
Thomas' answer also brings up a valid point, that not all software developers consider themselves to be programmers.
Many of the people who are professionals in areas of architecture, process, software licenses, and the business side of software development might not consider themselves programmers.
We're limiting our potential by not being clear that this site is for more than just Programmers