A previous feature request has come up for attention by the development team. The idea is that "softwareengineering.stackexchange.com" can be quite long and annoying in the cases where people have to type it into their browser.

The development team is offering a shorter subdomain for redirect, however "se" as a subdomain is off the table since the abbreviation "SE" is also used for the Stack Exchange network as a whole.

A few possible options are swe, swen, or sweng. Another option, of course, is that a shorter subdomain doesn't make sense (either in general or because se is off the table).

Thoughts from the community?

  • Seems like an insignificant optimisation when we still have to type in stackexchange. Would make more sense in the context of an overall URL minification initiative, for example swe.stackx.com
    – Dom
    Commented Jun 25, 2022 at 0:55
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    I think Stack Exchange, Inc. should just buy Sweden. Then we can have swe.se. Commented Jun 25, 2022 at 9:41
  • softwareeng could work
    – Lou
    Commented Jul 8, 2022 at 12:52
  • Isn't this redundant in the age where a browser remembers URLs ? Commented Jul 14, 2022 at 10:19
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    Now since the feature is there, it might be a good idea to make the "Share" button use it. I sometimes use the Share button for getting a short link to be pasted into the comment section, where short links might help not to exceed the 600 characters limit.
    – Doc Brown
    Commented Jul 24, 2022 at 9:47
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    @DocBrown Yes - I'm about to make a meta post to put that on the radar of the dev teams.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Commented Jul 24, 2022 at 12:24

4 Answers 4


I support swe because 3 is less than 4.

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    I support swe because that's the standard acronym/initialism (depending on how you say it) in the industry Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 5:22

I was thinking about programmer.stackexchange.com Ohhh wait.

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    I still consider this alias canonical because softwareengineering has too long of a common prefix with softwarerecs. Commented Jul 9, 2022 at 2:34

Perhaps an orthogonal solution would be better?

I would love to see navigation buttons connecting related SE sites. We have "Hot Network Questions" but we do not even have simple buttons to jump sideways from overflow to meta or "unix and linux" or whereever.

I either go to my profile and then to my network profile or to my inbox or reputation changes to jump between sites I use regularly.

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    This is a different feature request with a different use case. In 2020, there was already a feature request for a shorter domain that the development teams have accepted. This is also more of a network-wide request, so it would be better posted on Meta Stack Exchange.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Commented Jul 6, 2022 at 15:17

I'd like to vote on s17g.stackexchange

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