To: Stack Exchange Inc. (the company)
As Math.SE has grown into being the second biggest site in the Stack Exchange network, second only to the flagship Stack Overflow, I think it has proven its viability and it should get its own domain and name
- Is the second most visited site in the network - https://stackexchange.com/sites#traffic
- For a long time has had the second biggest number of questions in the network
The users usually refer to the site as Math.SE, MathSE, MSE, Math Stack Exchange, or Mathematics Stack Exchange, which is, in my opinion:
- difficult to remember for new users landing on the site
- a difficult name / domain to tell to people who might find the site useful
- not quite a real brand
Just think how much better StackOverflow.com works, instead of an hypothetical Programming.StackExchange.com
It's possible to find a good domain name
Don't be fooled by the original attempt to find a domain name - What domain name to use?
The approach was wrong, letting users to find available .com domains.
Instead, a better approach would be that a group of employees from Stack Exchange Inc. could brainstorm domain ideas, considering also .com domains that are not available, but could be bought for a decent price. Then they could get ~10 ideas and launch a poll for the community to vote on. The existing math.stackexchange.com could be an option in the poll and, if the community doesn't like any new domain more than the existing one, then nothing will change. But I expect good .com domains to prevail.
This approach was also used when the StackOverflow.com domain was chosen: https://blog.codinghorror.com/help-name-our-website/ . And in that situation too, the domain name was not available and was bought by Jeff Atwood.
Stack Exchange can't get domain names for all the 180 sites
It wouldn't probably be worth it to do this for all the small sites, but they could and should do it for the biggest ones, that have already proven their viability and have more traffic then SuperUser.com or ServerFault.com
It would help Math.SE grow even more
I think Math.SE is already big and could be one of the biggest math sites in the world. Let's help that happen by pushing for it to get its own personal branding.