The often seen "Welcome to TeX.SX!" message for new users may look like a URL to someone and therefore get used in such a manner ("hey checkout TeX.SX, it's cool"), but the website called tex.sx is not accessible.

This is not a big issue, but it somewhat irks me that this common abbreviation doesn't also function as a forward to the real website (see youtu.be and the like) and therefore might create problems.

Any thoughts?

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    There are various ways or representing the name of the site: I favour TeX-sx, but cross-network it is more common to have TeX.SE :-)
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 19:38
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    Related or duplicate meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/3372/… or better meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2287/… In case of confusion use a dash is sufficient.
    – percusse
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 22:27
  • This has been irritating to me personally for years, but I've long since given up on convincing 100-odd sites to change their ways. In good news, I've rarely if ever heard a report of anyone ever actually being seriously confused by the shorthand.
    – Pops
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 19:07

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I don't consider this an issue, since people who see that message are already on this site. The suggestion is not "Go to TeX.SX" or "Visit TeX.SX".

As an aside: For those posting

Welcome to TeX.SX!

verbatim as a comment, they could consider changing this to

Welcome to TeX.SE!

as the .SE suffix is more commonly used to represent the Stack Exchange network. Moreover, this is also supported by the use of network-wide magic-links. That is, consider writing Welcome to [tex.se]! instead - you save a couple of keystrokes - since [tex.se] will be converted to display

Welcome to TeX - LaTeX!

  • How does that save keystrokes? You don't need shift for T or X, but you have to add [ and ]. Not suggesting it isn't a good idea for other reasons. Just grumbling about false advertising ;).
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 1:46
  • @cfr: You need 9 (or 10) key strokes for TeX.SX (it includes Shifts), but only 8 for [tex.se].
    – Werner Mod
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 3:52
  • Not if you use caps lock the second time: shift-T - e - caps lock - X - . - S - X. (Although you need one more to release caps lock and you need not to have turned your caps lock key into another ctrl or an altgr or something similar.)
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 12:34
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    @cfr: Nope. Once you use CAPS LOCK, YOU CAN'T TURN IT OFF. THAT'S HOW IT WORKS... ;)
    – Werner Mod
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 14:34
  • That's what I said! However, it is no more key strokes to type the thing. You just need a ninth if you want to type anything in lower-case later. But that's merely an unintended side-effect... :). (Doctrine of double effect and all that.)
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 20:13
  • not on my machine!
    – cfr
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 20:14
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    You guys seriously discussed the optimisation of a single keystroke with 6 comments? :D Am I seriously adding a 7th to this? At least I know where to find perfectionists! ;)
    – Dom
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 0:14

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