Currently, the "What kind of questions can I ask here?" section of the site FAQ reads:

Welcome to TeX.SX! TeX.SX is for...

However, this is incorrect, as the common nomenclature in use to indicate Stack Exchange is SE, not SX. The sentence should read:

Welcome to TeX.SE! TeX.SE is for...

Even better, it should be consistent of other areas of the site and not use an abbreviation at all, and say "Stack Exchange":

Welcome to TeX - Stack Exchange! TeX - Stack Exchange is for...

As per other /faq sections on the Stack Exchange network such as Parenting (emphasis mine):

Parenting - Stack Exchange is for...

And Programmers (again, emphasis mine):

Programmers - Stack Exchange is a site...

Among others.

  • Note there is no site-faq tag, which distinguishes between the /faq part of the site and questions on meta tagged faq. This question should be tagged with the former (see meta.SO).
    – casperOne
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 20:38
  • Regarding the SE/SX abbreviation, the use of SX is justified in Trivial point about tex.se vs. tex.sx
    – diabonas
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 20:58
  • @diabonas Given the lack of responses and upvotes on responses, I wouldn't call it justified necessarily. Additionally, I respect that different sites in the Stack Exchange network have their own ways of doing things, but the representation of the network consistently and as a whole is something that is decided from the top down (e.g. you couldn't modify the Stack Exchange icon to be reflective of TeX, bubbles is bubbles). It's about consistent representation across the network, and this is an area (an important one, I'd argue) where the deviation is improper and possibly harmful.
    – casperOne
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 21:03
  • @diabonas I'll also note that the link you've given uses the fact that .se is a top-level domain to prove it's point. The same can be said about many other sites in the Stack Exchange network. Just because SE is a top-level domain doesn't invalidate the use of SE as an abbreviation for Stack Exchange; it would invalidate that use across the entire network.
    – casperOne
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 21:09
  • Maybe "justified" is too strong - excuse my poor English, I wanted to express something like "it's explained why it is at it is". However, I think it is a valid point - but I completely agree with you that this concerns the whole Stack Exchange network, so it probably meta.stackoverflow.com would be the best place for clarification.
    – diabonas
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 21:11
  • @diabonas meta.SO isn't the appropriate place for this as it deals with the representation of Stack Exchange on TeX. If Tex was an example of this kind of representation everywhere and one wanted to change it, then meta.SO would be the more appropriate place. Right now, TeX is the outlier.
    – casperOne
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 21:14
  • That's what I meant - If the OP of the linked question was right and SX should be preferred over SE, then it should be changed for all sites of the network.
    – diabonas
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 21:20
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    I like the sx suffix, it makes us look cool. :) Funny note: the X in TeX doesn't sound like X at all, which makes this form way cooler. :) Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 21:29
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    This "question" (where's the question mark?) has now been superseded by meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2287/… and so should be closed. Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 8:40

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I think the best approach here is, as you say, to avoid an abbreviation in the FAQ at all and put 'TeX - Stack Exchange' (perhaps without the repetition).

Welcome to TeX –­ Stack Exchange! This site is ...


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