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Trivial point about tex.se vs. tex.sx

The TeX community places significant emphasis on notations and pronunciations. Therefore, risking negative votes for two obvious reasons (some might think this question is more suited for meta; others might think the question is too trivial), I must ask this question. What should be the acronym for tex.stackexchange.com?

This question is not all that irrelevant as it may seem. Many questions, answers and blog posts refer to this website in confusing acronyms, which I have taken a few seconds to realize what they were referring to.

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    I think TeX.SE is most common one I have seen. – Peter Grill Jun 2 '12 at 3:17
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    Well Stack.SE is the most common for any stack. But TeXers wanting to add a bit of "TeX" to the convention, have also adopted TeX.SX in the common conversations. I just wonder why haven't they gone all the way through. – Shashank Sawant Jun 2 '12 at 3:19
  • I've migrated this from the main site to meta, as it's about the site itself rather than using TeX. – Joseph Wright Jun 2 '12 at 6:57
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    This looks like the existing Trivial point about tex.se vs. tex.sx – Joseph Wright Jun 2 '12 at 7:00

Across the StackExchange network, the 'standard' short forms all take the form '<site>.SE', and in our case that means 'TeX.SE'. That tends to be the best choice is talking to people familiar with other network sites or communicating via channels such as StackExchange staff.

Within the site (i.e. when viewing it independent of the StackExchange network), the general consensus has been that 'TeX.SX', 'TeX.sx', 'TeX-SX', 'TeX-sx' are all sensible forms, to be read as 'TeX Stack Exchange'. For example, in the Text building blocks the style is (currently) 'TeX.sx'. Note that using 'TeX.SE' is also entirely fine on the site (i.e. there is no 'official' position on this.)

  • I agree. I got "funny looks" when I used TeX.SX on the main Meta site or in other chat rooms. TeX.SE is the "official" short form. However, I learned that words starting with 'ex' are often shorten to 'x', not 'e', so I was surprised that people had an issue with TeX.SX. – Martin Scharrer Jun 2 '12 at 7:39

My personal choice is: TeX.SeX (of course it has to be pronounced correctly the way LaTeX is pronounced).

  • Oh, the Freudian (La)TeX.stackexchange! I can't help it, something completely different comes to my mind, when I see this... :) – Count Zero Jun 2 '12 at 10:20
  • Well, even LaTeX can mean something entirely different. But saying it again and again has fixed it my brain: LaTe(ch). I guess I will be saying "(ach)-Men" and so on and so forth... :) – Shashank Sawant Jun 2 '12 at 11:36
  • The SeX of TeX. – kiss my armpit Oct 13 '12 at 6:55

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