Four years ago we asked for a name change, which was rejected by SE because there was no evidence to support the claim it was causing user confusion, and there were other things the site should focus on first.
Now four years later, users have done all that they can and things are not improving in relation to off-topic posts and user confusion. We still have a very high percentage of closed questions here, and repeatedly get negative feedback on meta about this. (As a lurker of P.SE Meta, I can tell you there are many more links too - these are just the ones found with a quick search of recent questions.)
Steps taken to improve site since four years ago:
- The site scope and FAQ has been clarified so it is very clear what is on or off topic now
- Users have worked hard to generate a set of meta posts to help guide new users with common misconceptions
- There is an active group of users who are very aggressive about maintaining questions according to the current site scope and standards
- More focus is placed on guiding and educating new users
The subject of the site's name still keeps coming up time and again from both new and veteran users.
The solution to the vast majority of bad content that I speak of is Our Domain Name. It is as simple as that. Change the domain name of the site from Programmers to Software Engineering and Architecture or something akin to this and I will personally step down as a moderator if spam on the site doesn't cut by half.
I don't think anyone -- other than SE itself -- disagrees that the site is poorly named. However... that is well outside our ability to influence.
Is this site poorly named? Are people coming to "programmers.stackexchange.com" and immediately thinking "aha, the place for my programming questions! they will help me debug my code!"
I've never really understood why the site was called "Programmers.SE"... we're all programmers, aren't we? Pretty much the same over at SO... so from a newb's perspective, what's the difference?
For example, the name change was rejected in 2012! Sites, people and rules evolve. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate those decisions? I happen to think the name programmers.SE is part of the problem
software architecture is a viable topic, but if it's the main one on this site, it's better to rename it. the name "Programmers" connotes that it's a site about people, not code
.. turning away people who seek advice from seasoned programmers on a site called "Programmers" is downright criminal
I could keep going if you want, but those are just some comments from recent posts. There are many more of them if you keep looking further back.
So please Stack Exchange, can we get your permission to change the name of our site? It doesn't need to be a complete re-design, just a domain name change and a title.
SoftwareEngineering.SE, however I would want to leave that discussion for a separate post for the community to vote on.