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Why can't we use mi.yodeya.com in the address bar? It still says J.SE even after the upgrade!


Related to this question on meta.so: How does this SE site (beta) get custom domain & brand?


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    @IsaacMoses -- why was this closed? Especially since we graduated!
    – Naftali
    May 10, 2012 at 21:26
  • I guess my thought was that it was overcome by events, since the logo does now say "mi yodeya." On further consideration, I've re-opened and tagged "status-completed."
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    May 10, 2012 at 21:37
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    @IsaacMoses it is not completed... the URL is still judaism.SE...
    – Naftali
    May 10, 2012 at 21:38
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    mi.yodeya.com goes to here just as it always did.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    May 10, 2012 at 21:40
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    @IsaacMoses yes, but the URL in the address bar forwards to J.SE (which it shouldn't). it should stay at mi.yodeya!
    – Naftali
    May 10, 2012 at 21:41
  • @Naftali - So you're asking for a change that would require redirecting pretty much every URL here since the private beta? Seems easier to just leave it as it is. May 11, 2012 at 15:02
  • @neilfein there is no real redirecting needed... just change the it should be seamless..
    – Naftali
    May 11, 2012 at 15:37
  • @msh210 -- please don't tag declined when you are not the one that answered the question. It still could happen.
    – Naftali
    May 30, 2012 at 17:21
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    @Naftali, if Joel said no, then it's declined. I'll be glad to untag it and let an SE employee tag it if you insist.
    – msh210 Mod
    May 30, 2012 at 18:26
  • (Actually, since it's not tagged feature-request, I have no particular reason to think any SE employee will look at this again, and not being tagged with a "status" won't keep it 'open' to be looked at by them.)
    – msh210 Mod
    May 30, 2012 at 18:27
  • @msh210 Joel did not seem to say no. I do not even see the word no anywhere in his answer...
    – Naftali
    May 30, 2012 at 18:27
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    @Naftali, that's probably because your question is worded "Why can't we...". So his answer is "The main reason... There are more minor technical reasons...". it seems like a clear No to me, though.
    – msh210 Mod
    May 30, 2012 at 18:35
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    Naftali, If you want to argue about whether this should happen, I suggest you take it up with Joel in his answer. Regarding whether this will happen, I'd have to agree with @msh210 that unless and until the content of Joel's answer changes, which I would not expect to happen (and am not advocating), the answer is unequivocally "no."
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    May 30, 2012 at 20:48
  • @Naftali I think his answer is pretty clear: "...we really don't want to..."
    – HodofHod
    Jun 11, 2012 at 23:19

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The main reason has to do with "brand equity." We decided that when people see links to this site in Google, we want them showing up with the stackexchange.com URL, because they may have heard of Stack Exchange and know that it has a reputation for high quality answers => this translates to more traffic, more users, and ultimately better answers.

There are more minor technical reasons, such as the ability to share cookies with other network sites, the ability to do analytics (google analytics, quantcast, etc.) across the network, and the ability to have mi.yodeya traffic recognized as being a part of the Stack Exchange network in Alexa, Comscore, Quantcast, etc.

Askubuntu.com and answers.onstartups.com are legacy sites in which there is a legal agreement in place with a third party so they kept their top level domain name, but they create a world of complication that we really don't want to support for any future sites.

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