# Is it safe to continue using [programmers.se] as a magic link?

[softwareengineering.se] is quite a mouthful. It looks like [se.se] is not a valid link to our site and it's questionable if it ever will be as a two letter abbreviation might cause naming conflicts in the future and/or might be reserved for bigger sites like [so] and [su].

As a compromise, [programmers.se] still works for backwards compatibility (I guess) and is not quite as long as [softwareengineering.se].

Will this backwards compatibility ever cease to exist? Is it safe to keep using [programmers.se]?

• I was not even aware that [programmers.se] was a shortcut. – user22815 Nov 3 '16 at 16:58