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We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong Question

We're going to keep the name tex.stackexchange.com. But we WILL be setting up redirects from the more "popular" domains names (e.g. seasonedadvice.com to cooking.stackexchange.com, basicallymoney.com to money.stackexchange.com, and others as we go through the list).

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This is one of "The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta", so I'll get the ball rolling by asking it.

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    As Joel mentions here, names that appear to be parked might still be worth buying. Also, I recommend that each post containing a domain name have the name on a separate line, prefaced with a # for easy visibility. (As Scott and John have done) – Larry Wang Jul 26 '10 at 21:14
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    One thing to remember is that the name should be catchy. It should be something even casual/new users can remember, that you can say out loud and have people 1. understand what you're referring to, and 2. type directly into their browser. Which means multi-word names are bad, plural (texnicians.com) is probably iffy too, and other such "extras" you might or might not remember, hear or notice. A progammer is able to remember a name like StackOverflow. What name will a TeX user remember? – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 0:56
  • Multi-word names are not necessarily bad (exhibit A: Stack Overflow), but the words do have to be part of a coherent unit. – David Z Jul 27 '10 at 1:32
  • Can we close this now? TeXnique.com is now 20 pts ahead of the underspecified #2, and voting in this thread has kind of petered out. – Charles Stewart Sep 14 '10 at 19:01

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I love the TeX/Tech play on words. At least this one is available.

  • +1: Sounds good, easy to remember, fits with the corny play-on-words, and implies that the site is made up of professionals rather than support personnel. – John Gietzen Jul 27 '10 at 11:59
  • Yeah, I like it. +1 – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 15:38
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    I love this name. Just one suggestion I have, so that people don't get misled by the domain name and think this is only about TeX, is to have a very inclusive subtitle/slogan, maybe something similar to the current "For expert users of TeX, LaTeX and friends". – Juan A. Navarro Jul 29 '10 at 6:39
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    This domain name is now taken... BY STACK OVERFLOW INTERNET SERVICES! – John Gietzen Jul 29 '10 at 13:55
  • It's a very nice artificial word for the domain name, easy to remember and it's already appearing in connection with TeX. – Stefan Kottwitz Mod Aug 14 '10 at 15:00
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    @John: is that good or bad? – Taco Hoekwater Aug 15 '10 at 8:41

Although something in imitation of Stack Overflow (a la Math Overflow) is possible, in Joel Spolsky's post on domain names, he recommends choosing something meaningful to the community, just as Stack Overflow means something to programmers.

If we want to stay with the overflow theme with a TeX twist, though, I suggest:

overfull hbox

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    As is pointed out for another good TeX-based idea, the problem is 'will the non-expert find this'. Experienced (La)TeX users know about overfull hboxes, but most users looking for advice may not do. That said, it is a nice name :-) – Joseph Wright Mod Jul 26 '10 at 20:37
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    @Joseph How many programmers nowadays suffer from stack overflow (ok, infinite recursion, but it is not so common)? Most people will find this site by googling some TeX related question, so the name is irrelevant here. – user7 Jul 26 '10 at 22:15
  • Since it should be a domain, I suggest HboxOverfull.com... free! – user7 Jul 26 '10 at 22:16
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    I think this one is good -- I mean, pretty much everyone has seen TeX tell you "overfull hbox", even if she didn't understand what's the point of the message. – finrod Jul 26 '10 at 22:36
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    I think it's a bad name. It isn't obvious at all. Yes, it is a common warning to get, but it doesn't sound like a website name, much less like a Tex Q&A site. The main criteria is not "is it named after a TeX error", but "is it a good website name". And I don't think it is. – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 0:46
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    Also, multi-word names aren't ideal. I have to remember whether it is overfull-hbox or overfullhbox or hboxoverfull. Shorten it to overfull.com (and get hold of the domain), and I think it'd work really well. – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 0:51
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    Of all of the suggestions so far, this and the badness10000 one are the only ones which raise a smile. Yes, the domain doesn't have to be named after an error, but it will look wryly familiar to almost all users of *TeX. overfullhbox.com, overfullhbox.com, ... it has a ring to it. – Norman Gray Jul 27 '10 at 9:06
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    @jalf: This was mostly a humorous suggestion so I'm not going to defend it, but about multi-word names: consider Stack Overflow, Super User, Server Fault, Math Overflow, and most existing Stack Exchange sites. :-) – ShreevatsaR Jul 27 '10 at 12:24
  • @ShreevatsaR: I know, but those names are easy to see/pronounce as a single word. It's pretty common to see people refer to the sites as StackOverflow, Superuser. overfullhbox doesn't work quite as well in a single word. ;) – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 15:22
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    My pick of the bunch. It's clever and relevant, has clear "StackOverflow" connotations, and has a uniqueness and charm that names like "TeXnique.com" lack. – Will Robertson Sep 27 '10 at 2:15



eh? eh?

Has a default install of IIS7 on it, looks like it is a home PC, or something...

Actually, I just noticed that this works whether or not you know how to pronounce "TeX".

Noobs will get the name of the site right. :)

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    Corny but oh so appropriate ;-) If we can get access to the domain, I like it. – David Z Jul 26 '10 at 21:34
  • A perfect name. :-) – ShreevatsaR Jul 26 '10 at 23:06
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    I think it's ok, except or one thing. "Support" might imply too much, well, support. If I have problems with my TeX install, I might call support and demand they fix my problem, kind of thing. The site is for community Q&A, not official support. This name might mislead beginners though. – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 0:50
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    -1 from me: it does suggest a more 'solve my problem now!' interaction, less a peer-to-peer thing. Also, inverting David's remark, it's appropriate, but oh so corny. – Norman Gray Jul 27 '10 at 8:52


(or something similar). Taken.

IIRC, Knuth mentions the word "texnician" near the beginning of the TeXbook, where he explains how to pronounce TeX (asking "texnician" or "texpert"?)

  • +Over9000: This is a great name, but it seems to be taken. – John Gietzen Jul 26 '10 at 20:40
  • Oh, sad. Perhaps texnicians.net? (Though .com is always better…) Or drop the s? Too bad if all are taken. – ShreevatsaR Jul 26 '10 at 20:45
  • Why not TeXperts.com? It's free. – user7 Jul 27 '10 at 10:52
  • @mbq: Because that is an improper pronunciation of the name 'TeX'. It is pronounced 'tech'. 'Techperts'? – John Gietzen Jul 27 '10 at 11:57
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    Sounds fine if you're Scottish. – Andrew Stacey Jul 27 '10 at 13:03
  • @John Gietzen: puns get poetic license. – vanden Jul 27 '10 at 19:51
  • @John I know about the pronunciation, yet this word appears in the TeX world. – user7 Jul 28 '10 at 11:22


Don't blame me; I was solicited to post this by somebody not in the private beta!

  • I have to say I kind of like it :P – Juan A. Navarro Jul 27 '10 at 12:51


Notwithstanding the suggestion that .com domains should be preferred, ten.pt has a sly reference to typesetting, and would certainly be memorable.

There's no A record attached to the domain, though it does appear to be registered as an SOA record.

There may be other problems, since the ccTLD has some restrictions on second-level domains. If this were attractive, though, I'm sure these could be investigated.



An obvious choice would of course be texoverflow.com, which happens to also be available.

  • Yep, that's probably my favorite so far. It's obvious what the site is about just from the name, and it's clear from the name that it's a sibling of StackOverflow. People who know SO will know just from the name what texoverflow.com is, and it has a nice ring to it as a name, as something you might be able to remember, or write down, or pronounce over the phone. – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 0:48
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    It might be worth editing this to make the suggestion as large as all the others -- not sure if it's getting passed over in quick scans down the list... – Michael Underwood Jul 27 '10 at 19:16
  • I haven't downvoted this, but I don't like this name. Not many beginning TeX users know of Stack Overflow (which was partly a reason to create this website in the first place, instead of continuing to ask just LaTeX questions there), so there's not much to be gained that wouldn't be apparent from one look at the website interface. And I'd prefer domain names to be something meaningful to TeX, rather than merely *-Overflow (though "Sink Overflow" is hilarious). – ShreevatsaR Jul 28 '10 at 23:18


  • goodness10000.com might be more optimistic (or goodness10000.org?). I like it, but if you know enough to about TeX to get the joke, you might not have too many questions needing answered. – Norman Gray Jul 26 '10 at 20:33
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    -1: Even people who know what it means in terms of LaTeX might have trouble figuring out what it means just by looking that the domain name. – Daniel Egeberg Jul 26 '10 at 20:34
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    @Norman, perhaps we can aspire to a high level of questions and answers, such as experts who know what badness 10000 means might find interesting! (I'm a shameless elitist, being one of the hardline experts-only moderators on MathOverflow. :-) – Scott Morrison Jul 26 '10 at 20:46
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    This is a beautiful name. – Larry Wang Jul 26 '10 at 22:15
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    Even an expert who knows what badness 10000 means is more likely to assume this domain name to be some sleazy link farm or similar. It sounds like "I'm registering 8000 different domains based on random words, cramming them full of ads, and using it for SEO) – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 1:01
  • @Scott having taken a look at MathOverflow, I've a clearer idea what you mean, and I think I disagree with you about the ideal level of question. I think yours is a good position w.r.t. MathOverflow (it's clear there's a need for quite technical maths questions, not catered for elsewhere), but there's a need for an arena for the full range of LaTeX questions, from 'what package does X?' to questions about \afterassignment. Indeed, the top end of that range is potentially best catered for by comp.text.tex. (perhaps this discussion should be in a different question!) – Norman Gray Jul 27 '10 at 11:38


my favorite features of TeX layout!

  • Very clever name! I'd give +1000 for it, if I could :) – topskip Aug 19 '10 at 9:40


It's available, and it also subtly hints at Scott Morrison's elitist vision for the site (which I suppose is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your viewpoint).




Yes, available!
Infinitely memorable. Direct and to the point.
Even if you don't know the correct pronunciation, you're going to "get" this.


In a comment to the TeXnique.com answer, John Gietsen wrote: This domain name is now taken... BY STACK OVERFLOW INTERNET SERVICES! . Is that good or bad?

I started a new answer mostly to push this question up in the 'active' list, but also:


is free at the moment.



TeX is sexy, and the site's name should reflect that sentiment.




Word play on texmf install trees. This reflects on expert side of customising and advanced usage of all things TeX world. The non-standard -qa suffix reflects the purpose of the site and welcomes beginner users to ask basic questions as well. QA stands for questions & answers as well as quality assurance bridging the gap between novice and experts in the typography field.

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    +1 for originality (and I actually do like this) – David Z Jul 27 '10 at 3:26
  • I also like having the neglected Metafont reflected in the title. – Charles Stewart Jul 28 '10 at 21:17


I like it at least in part because of the site that shall not be named.

  • +1 I was first with that. – user7 Jul 28 '10 at 11:24
  • Sure (though neither of us is the first to have though of it, I'd wager.) But, your mention was buried in a comment, so I thought it better to suggest it following Larry's sensible suggestion on the OP. – vanden Jul 28 '10 at 13:00


Short, I own it.


Isn’t it perfectly obvious?


alternative spelling:


Honestly, everything else would disappoint me.

(No, not a serious suggestion!)

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    texpert-sexchange.com – Lev Bishop Sep 13 '10 at 9:26


A wordplay on technology, easy to remember and descriptive.



Available, topical... snazzy?



Though, I fear that this excludes Scott Hanselman...

  • Might just be me, but this one kind of reminded me of 'scientologists', which probably isn't the ideal association to make. ;) – jalf Jul 27 '10 at 0:53


Simple, and very similar to TeXSupport, but I think it won't encourage people to ask about TeX installation problems. We offer help, not technical support :)



(sorry, sorry, I'll hide back in my cave again)

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    Good luck getting Ask.com to give up the subdomain. ;) – jalf Jul 30 '10 at 23:57

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