When trying to navigate to Software Engineering Stack Exchange, I frequently find myself typing https://se.stackexchange.com into my browser instead of https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com.

Would it be reasonable to ask for a redirect from https://se.stackexchange.com to https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com? Or is it just me?

(disclaimer: I happen to work for Stack, but I'm asking this as a user)

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    I put a status-review on this. It seems like a good idea, but I honestly don't know if there are rules or guidelines for subdomains, or if there is a potential SE site that may also claim the "se" subdomain. It seems worthy of consideration and would let people use a full URL (rather than a shortener) in text-constrained environments.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Jul 13, 2020 at 19:12
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    Definitely worth considering :) I've added this to our list to address and will have updates here when there's more.
    – Jon Chan
    Aug 5, 2020 at 20:26
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    follow-up suggestion: Should there be a shorter subdomain for the Software Engineering Stack Exchange? (tl;dr - proposed domains swe, swen, or sweng since "se" seems to be off the table)
    – gnat
    Jun 23, 2022 at 12:21

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As per the consensus reached on this other discussion, the following redirects are now in place:

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    It looks like since the URLs for Meta sites changed from meta.[sitename] to [sitename].meta, a redirect was not added for https://swe.meta.stackexchange.com/. We should add one. (For reference, the HTTPS URL meta.swe.stackexchange.com doesn't actually load at all, instead showing a privacy error – since HTTPS doesn't work for the meta.[sitename] format. The HTTP version of that URL, meta.swe.stackexchange.com, does properly redirect.)
    – V2Blast
    Jul 25, 2022 at 16:50
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    I'd noticed this too, @V2Blast, and made the devs aware of it last week ;)
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jul 25, 2022 at 16:52
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    Was pointed to meta.stackexchange.com/a/299088/208518 as our official stance on this issue ;)
    – JNat StaffMod
    Dec 1, 2022 at 13:02

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