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Currently our question header states

WORDPRESS ANSWERS

but in our FAQ, filed under "How to ask", we can find the following important bit of text:

What topics can I ask about here?

WordPress Stack Exchange is for WordPress developers and administrators to ask questions about:

  • theme and plugin development
  • development and management best practices
  • server configuration for WordPress

A new name

It's clear and fully agreed between all constantly participating people on the site, that we need a new name.

Let's rename it!

How it works:

Answer with: Name idea

  • One suggestion per answer
  • Format as heading (prefix with a single #)
  • +1/-1 vote/downvote those you like/dislike

[Optional] Tagline that goes with the name

Format as subheading. If you only got a tagline suggestion, please briefly note that.

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    Can we please just take "WordPress Answers" out to the backyard and shoot it... – Rarst Oct 21 '13 at 19:37
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    Fully support that. – kaiser Oct 21 '13 at 19:37
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    Jquery_poommerce would fit better. – fuxia Oct 21 '13 at 20:19
  • This Unicode title may set dangerous precedents, beautiful :) There's a similar thread going on at MSO: meta.stackexchange.com/q/202476 – brasofilo Oct 26 '13 at 14:27
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    I'm not seeing an obvious disconnect between the current name and the site's scope. Is the current name causing problems that you're hoping to solve with a renaming? – Adam Lear Oct 28 '13 at 15:00
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    Maybe peruse the overall question quality, as well as the non-trivial amount of questions that get closed due to being off-topic. "WordPress Answers" simply does not convey sufficiently that the site is intended for developers and administrators, asking appropriately scoped questions. – Chip Bennett Oct 28 '13 at 15:19
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    @AnnaLear I wouldn't quite blame name for anything, but this issue has long history of dissatisfaction with name, stemming from it being temporary placeholder (community had no say in) that got permanent when custom name/domain program was scrapped. People hadn't chosen it, people don't like it, people don't use it (WPSE is almost universally used to refer to the site). – Rarst Oct 28 '13 at 15:19
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    @AnnaLear wp.com questions and plugin/theme recommendations are off topic. A better name could communicate that better. Especially since there is no usable FAQ page anymore. – fuxia Oct 28 '13 at 15:20
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    Related: Hidden on topic page. On some days, we have to close every third or forth question now. A better name wouldn’t fix that completely, but we have to do something to get out of this situation. – fuxia Oct 28 '13 at 15:46

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Just throwing it out there:

WordPress Development

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    Simple, Clean, Straightforward, Honest... I'd support that. – s_ha_dum Oct 21 '13 at 23:25
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    Of course this is what I want to see most. I'm not marking it as solution yet, as I hope someone from SE will jump in and tell us that they fix it. – kaiser Oct 22 '13 at 12:29
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    Oh, I like that! The implicit message, don’t ask for links!, is just a nice side-effect. :) – fuxia Oct 23 '13 at 17:39
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    Signing in for this one. +1 Me too! – brasofilo Oct 23 '13 at 19:51
  • w19t - great idea, I support this 100% – birgire Oct 26 '13 at 1:50
  • Excellentofantabuolousiyosso! Are you listening? :) – Mayeenul Islam Oct 26 '13 at 12:39
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    I would change it to "WordPress Developers" since the site is really about people. – Wyck Oct 26 '13 at 20:20
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    @wyck propose as separate answer – Rarst Oct 27 '13 at 12:56
  • @Wyck when you do, count me in for a +1. – helgatheviking Oct 27 '13 at 21:19
  • OK done, though not sure it warranted a new post. – Wyck Oct 27 '13 at 21:31
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    I think its important to include administration :-/ – Shawn Nov 22 '13 at 21:37
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Name for the site

WordPress Developers

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Tagline

wp_get_answers()

  • this tagline would only really make sense to WP devs/admins in the first place
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    or: _not_doing_it_wrong() :) – webaware Nov 16 '13 at 22:01
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Tagline

WordPress StackExchange - for Developers and Administrators

In combination with the WPSE headline

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    ...but this, I like. – Chip Bennett Oct 28 '13 at 15:27
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EDIT: 12/06 - Unfortunately, after broader internal discussions, we've concluded that changing the name to "Wordpress Development" will solve some problems, but cause other new ones.

I've posted a new question laying out our concerns, and opening a new discussion designed to build consensus out exactly what we need to convey, so we can keep working toward a better solution that the current one.


EDIT: 11/18 - We've asked our in-house designer to change this site's theme to be WordPress Development. Not only did it win the voting here by a landslide, it's the best of the bunch from the reasoning I laid out below.

A few notes:

  • Our designer is very busy, so there's no timeline on this change. (One of the things he's doing is interviewing more designer candidates!)

  • The Stack Exchange philosophy has no problem (even encourages) screening content. But we are not interested in having sites that screens people. I, for one, am convinced that "Development" is inclusive enough when applied to this site, so it's not a huge concern at the moment.

  • If it's not obvious already, we are pretty conservative when it comes to established names. But we are more than willing to make changes when it makes sense.


The Community Team looked over this proposal today and we have a few things we'd like you to keep in mind as you brainstorm a name change:

  • We are very reluctant to change site names unless the new name is a clear winner over the existing name. (This has caused me some embarrassment. ;-) Frankly, we'd like to avoid name changes if at all possible and cetainly not go down the path of changing names regularly. So make this opportunity count.

  • We all agree that the "X Answers" site name formula is far less than ideal. The only reason we have used that in the past is to avoid brand confusion. This works both ways: we don't want the owner of the brand to feel like we are infringing on their legal rights, but we also don't want to confuse people into thinking that this site is somehow a part of the WordPress brand.

  • For that reason WordPress—Stack Exchange isn't viable. But when I think of this site, that's pretty much how I always phrase it in my mind. I never think of it as WordPress Answers. I doubt that whatever new name is decided upon will change that perception.

  • The names WordPress Developers and WordPress Professionals are problematic because they define the people who are welcome at the site rather than the topic. It's fine to design the site "for WordPress developers and administrators", but we don't want to be in the business of checking credentials at the door.

  • WordPress Development would be better, but it excludes Administration, which is part of the topic-space. (WordPress Development & Administration is too much a mouthful, by the way. We've changed our minds on allowing such names since the naming of Programming Puzzles & Code Golf and the like.) If there were a suggestions that encompassed both activities, it's more likely to be a clear win.

  • We talked about the unique scope issues of this site:

    • It is more closely associated to Stack Overflow (rather than, say, Super User), so it has a strong developer culture. But it's not purely a developer site or it would be more at home as a tag on Stack Overflow. This is poorly understood even by Stack Overflow users.
    • For the most part WordPress.com sites are off-topic to the surprise of many.
    • The open source platform is used by a huge number of sites, but not many people are aware of it outside of the blog space. (I was surprised to know how many sites use the software.) Building and maintaining these sites turns out to be a much bigger topic than most people (even technical people) are aware of.

    These issues mean that lots of people ask questions on the site without really understanding what's expected here. Changing the name might help, but it won't be a silver bullet. (No matter what, it's still going to be the WordPress Q&A site to most people who wind up here.) Addressing the issue of people asking off topic questions is a different topic.

Summary

We're fine with changing the name of the site, but none of the names proposed so far are enough of a win to warrant a name change. If you come up with a name that doesn't unnecessarily cut off participation or artificially limit the scope, we'll be happy to consider it.

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    Pretty much all of the active WPSE users are developers, have expertise in development, and an interest/desire to answer development questions. We aren't administrators - though administration is a reasonable subset of development. Whether as originally intended or not, WPSE is a WordPress development stack. Part of the problem is that the rest of the SE network doesn't realize it. Until recently, the SO WordPress tag wiki actually indicated that WPSE handled non programming WordPress questions. That perception is a problem, and one that is adversely impacting WPSE. – Chip Bennett Oct 29 '13 at 1:33
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    WordPress Development & Administration is too much a mouthful … well, it is not worse than Programming Puzzles & Code Golf, Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair or Software Quality Assurance & Testing. Not elegant, but probably acceptable. – fuxia Oct 29 '13 at 3:09
  • @ChipBennett: What would you think of WordPress Stack or WordPress Platform? – Jon Ericson Oct 29 '13 at 3:10
  • @toscho: Heh. Those (and English Language & Usage and Gardening & Landscaping, etc.) came before my time, so I don't really know the arguments for them. I wouldn't be in favor of those names myself. We've rather soured on 3+ word names lately. – Jon Ericson Oct 29 '13 at 3:14
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    Development sounds very much like a place noun, in other words is denotes a place to go for "development". Developers on the other hand makes it more a "people" noun, since that is who you are you engaging when you come to WSPE. Your post is a bit strange when you say things like "not many people are aware of it outside of the blog space". en.wordpress.com/stats – Wyck Oct 29 '13 at 4:11
  • @Wyck: What I mean is that WordPress in the minds of many people means the WordPress.com blogs you linked to. Not as many people are aware that the platform can and often is used for non-blog sites. In fact, I didn't know that until today. – Jon Ericson Oct 29 '13 at 4:40
  • A vote for WordPress Platform here – iono Oct 29 '13 at 4:42
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    While administration is on topic and personally I think it can have great questions, in practice it is insignificantly small proportion of the site. Development is bulk by far. I like "WordPress Stack" but for the record the name have been used before ( github.com/markjaquith/WP-Stack ). Dislike "WordPress Platform". – Rarst Oct 29 '13 at 5:43
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    btw I am not sure about being "spun off" from SO. We have different expert user base (more so at start with people joining WPSE because it wasn't SO) and SO explicitly refused to give up WP as their in scope topic. We never been close to it in my perception. – Rarst Oct 29 '13 at 5:51
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    "Not as many people are aware that the platform can and often is used for non-blog sites." - The active WPSE contributors, and the people who ask the kinds of questions WPSE seeks, do know what WordPress is. One can reasonably infer from this comment that people who don't even know what WordPress is are trying to dictate what WPSE should be, to those of us who do know. – Chip Bennett Oct 29 '13 at 11:58
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    @JonEricson but should we sacrifice good for the sake of the best - or, sacrifice better for the sake of perfect? If WordPress Developers encapsulates 99% of our scope (and it does), then it should be considered as a valid site name/title on its own merits. – Chip Bennett Oct 29 '13 at 15:45
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    Should a title be required to define everything that is in scope? I don't see anything wrong with choosing a title that covers 90%+ of the scope, like WordPress Developers does. Focusing on the "people" is hardly a drawback, we are a community of people after all. Nor does it require checking any "credentials". If you are trying to make some kind of adjustment to WP yourself, then you are "doing development", even if you've never touched a line of code before. A lack of experience doesn't make you not a developer, it just makes you a "rookie" developer. – helgatheviking Oct 30 '13 at 10:32
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    "WordPress Development" doesn't necessarily exclude Administration questions, since a site admin is essentially developing their own site. However, the name may scare off people asking casual, non-technical questions about their WordPress.com blog, and that would be a good thing. – Ben Miller Nov 4 '13 at 14:15
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    To be honest I'm a bit puzzled how this site - or any other in the network for that matter - can not be about people. Of course there are distinct scopes of topics, but for whom, if not people. Just saying, regardless of the fact that I like »WordPress Development« better. – Nicolai Nov 10 '13 at 15:07
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    I wasn't doubting that this is about people, but I exaggerated my point a bit. I'm all for not judging people. But there is no way out of judging, by there content in relation to the defined scope. That was my point, you can't separate people and topic, those have to get in tune with each other. Isn't this what the discussion is about, because a new name won't change anything, it's just a way to additionally reflect the WPSE scope as a narrowed topic. Or, to be more specific, to differentiate WPSE from all those general WP related forums and q&a's. At least that's what I'm getting out of it. – Nicolai Nov 12 '13 at 15:13
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Tagline:

You Code it, we'll help fix it

  • Doesn't get my upvote. Just because there's this one bit in there that makes it "not that smooth". Some variation of it? Yes, sure. – kaiser Nov 2 '13 at 11:30
  • It's more of an inside joke than a sincere submission. – Chip Bennett Nov 2 '13 at 12:39
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    Well, so far your joke became the most upvoted tagline :D – kaiser Nov 2 '13 at 12:52
  • I figured that's just because people got the joke ;) – Chip Bennett Nov 2 '13 at 14:06
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The Loop

hey, we have loopchat already, why not just make it whole stack? props @brasofilo for thinking of stretching it out

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    +1 Question still is if we want to completely rename it. – kaiser Nov 2 '13 at 11:21
  • I think we are having quite a bit of trouble coming up with "WordPress Something", Development is leader however higher powers not high on it so far – Rarst Nov 2 '13 at 11:24
  • @kaiser, I think of the Stacks that are Cool Site Name (topic) – brasofilo Nov 2 '13 at 11:25
  • valid arguments :) – kaiser Nov 2 '13 at 11:26
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    Sorry, but I don't see this fit as site name. Right, there's The Loop involved in WordPress - deeply involved, if you will. However, it is not just WordPress that is using this/a loop. And WordPress is by far not the pioneer of (ab-)using loops. Also, if you think The Loop appropriate just because WordPress has one, then Questions, Answers, PHP, Functions and the like are all valid possible site names, too. I bet you wouldn't want any of it, though. I hope you get what I wanted to say here... ;) – tfrommen Nov 2 '13 at 12:52
  • @tf this is not about it simply being a thing in WordPress terminology, it's about it being already established name in site's lore and daily life as our main chat room – Rarst Nov 2 '13 at 13:03
  • And you think that someone, who does not know that name - who is not part of the established community - will understand this? Our highest demand at (new) questions is: they have to be specific to WordPress. Specific. And our site's name shall be something as generic as The Loop? – tfrommen Nov 2 '13 at 13:10
  • @tf you have issue with it? down vote it :) – Rarst Nov 2 '13 at 18:08
  • I did. I thought it couldn't hurt to explain my down-vote with a few words, though. :) – tfrommen Nov 2 '13 at 18:17
  • but there is loopinsight.com ("the loop") – Denis de Bernardy Nov 3 '13 at 20:27
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When the Codex isn't enough

  • an idea for a tagline – nothing against the amount of info on the Codex!

(Again, just splitting up my submission).

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    +1 I'd just get rid of the the in front of Codex. – kaiser Nov 2 '13 at 11:21
  • I made a comment about the codex not being enough on a post here, and got my head basically ripped off. – Shawn Nov 22 '13 at 21:34
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Name for the site

WPSE

As this is what people commonly refer to

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    I'm not a big fan of Recursive names, in which the acronym is the name. – Chip Bennett Oct 28 '13 at 15:26
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    Not wooooow-great, but long standing and very practical. – Rarst Oct 29 '13 at 5:46
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Name for the site

WordPress Exchange

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    Like! Less wordy/trademarkish form of Stack Exchange and it still fits. However there is ithemes.com/exchange – Rarst Oct 29 '13 at 8:33
  • WPF Trademark issues with this one, perhaps? – Chip Bennett Oct 30 '13 at 11:40
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WordPress Mania

the platform for WordPress enthusiasts

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Tagline

not dot org

This is just a filler so I can submit this glorious piece of word bits

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    perfect tagline! – Adam Oct 30 '13 at 9:20
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Beyond Codex

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  • Maybe to generic like The Loop, but something. I'm still for WordPress Development – cchiera Nov 4 '13 at 6:30
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    If Beyond Codex would be the tagline, I'd love it. Got my upvote. – kaiser Nov 4 '13 at 10:12
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    The current Codex might be replaced eventually. This tag line/title wouldn’t make much sense then. – fuxia Nov 5 '13 at 22:02
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Tagline

Assistance and Best Practices for Core, Theme, and Plugin Developers

or

Assistance and Best Practices for the WordPress Platform

  • Core is in scope too... – Chip Bennett Oct 27 '13 at 14:17
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    Is there a single word that incorporates Core, Theme, and Plugin? "Platform", perhaps? – Jon Ericson Oct 29 '13 at 0:21
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Tagline:

Assistance and Best Practices for WordPress Developers and Administrators

or

Assistance and Best Practices for Developers and Administrators


This is an adaptation from @mantis proposal, which I like because it makes inherently clearer what WPSE is about »assistance and best practice«. By adapting it this way I'm having several things in mind: firstly, I'm seeing this as addition to »Wordpress Development«; secondly, this aggregates the »topic-people«-relation; thirdly, it gives an opportunity to include »Developers and Administrators«, without bloating the site name.

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WordPress Stack

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    It doesn't have the same ring as WPSE or WP StackExchange. – Denis de Bernardy Oct 29 '13 at 8:44
  • WPF Trademark issues with this one, perhaps? – Chip Bennett Oct 30 '13 at 11:40
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    No more than with others "WordPress *" I would think? And we can always shorten any variation of such to "WP *" to make any trademark issue go away. – Rarst Oct 30 '13 at 11:57
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    I'm not proposing it, but I would really love to steal The Loop (it was your idea, wasn't it?). Heck, it's a movie title! – brasofilo Nov 2 '13 at 2:42
  • @brasofilo why aren't you proposing it? try, it just might click with people :) – Rarst Nov 2 '13 at 5:32
  • @brasofilo I just went ahead and added it, vote up :) – Rarst Nov 2 '13 at 11:19
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I miss in all this nice answers:

Debugging WordPress

Yes, we will will also give answers to questions, like a teacher. But the most questions are search for helps on bugs, help to debugging.

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Fix Your WordPress Mess For Less

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    This could go as tagline (if we need one, that is), but it's not a candidate for the site's name, IMO. – tfrommen Oct 31 '13 at 16:21
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    @tf :) Just wanted to add my bit of snark into the pot here. :D – Brian Fegter Oct 31 '13 at 17:07
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WordMess Busters

As in 'who you gona call? WordMess Busters!'

  • nice one. not voting it up, but I like it. – kaiser Dec 8 '13 at 3:16
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WordPress Power - The Must Use Site For All WordPress Administrators

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Name for the site

WordPress Professionals

  • -1 because not everyone (or even most) are WordPress professionals. – Chip Bennett Oct 26 '13 at 20:30
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    Agree. Still leaving it in here so it doesn't get added a second time. – kaiser Oct 26 '13 at 21:39
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    Gets my vote. This place should be for professionals by professionals. End-users belong in the WP support forums. – Denis de Bernardy Oct 29 '13 at 8:40
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WordPress Tech

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  • Personally I think it sucks, but just trying to brainstorm something that conveys we want technical questions about development and administration. – Chip Bennett Oct 29 '13 at 12:01
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Tagline

Research, Ask, Get professional problem solving Assistance

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WordPress Platform

.............

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Wordpress

Couldn't be simpler - doesn't exclude any activities like management, config, security etc

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Woo Answers

Because paying for support is simply unthinkable

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    +1 Amazing answer. – Shawn Nov 22 '13 at 21:36
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WordPress DevOps

Includes development and operations. Close enough.

  • As mentioned in chat refers to specific methodology rather than generic development and too buzzword. – Rarst Oct 29 '13 at 5:45
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Name for the site

WordPress Knowledge Exchange

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Copy & Paste WordPress Programming

Because we know what you are really doing.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

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    Funny! Here, have a downvote. :P – Rarst Oct 29 '13 at 8:34
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    Alternately: WordPress CopyPasta – Chip Bennett Oct 29 '13 at 12:26
  • EPIC. ROFL COPTER! – Shawn Nov 22 '13 at 21:35

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