2

Of course, "parent" takes up less space, but the first comers may think it is a link to a board discussing children upbringing.

5

This was discussed briefly in the blog comments

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/new-per-site-metas/

I considered and discarded a lot of the alternatives, such as

  • main (too close visually to meta)
  • parent site (too long)
  • actual name "english", "boardgames", "cooking" (too variable in every sense)

Main isn't bad but consider:

tools | chat | meta | about

vs

tools | chat | main | about

They're so close visually.. ugh.

edit: since this kept coming up across the network I decided to change it from "parent" to "main".

  • Why not put 'main' in capital letters and 'meta' keep in small case? – brilliant Jan 10 '11 at 1:44
  • Actually, now that I think on it a little more, main is better. It's obvious which site you're on — meta or main — so the fact that the names are both four-letter words beginning in "m" means nothing. – Robusto Jan 10 '11 at 3:34
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    @brilliant I AM SURPRISED SOMEONE ON THE ENGLISH SITE WOULD PROPOSE CHANGING TO ALL CAPS TO MAKE TEXT DIFFERENT. – Jeff Atwood Jan 10 '11 at 3:50
  • @Jeff Atwood: Why not? – brilliant Jan 10 '11 at 4:24
  • @Jeff: It's a reasonable technique for SHORT pieces of text, though admittedly overused by lawyers (and presumably also by programmers back before the invention of the seventh bit :-P). – SamB Jan 14 '11 at 19:48
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I don't see what difference it would make. I wondered what it meant for about 0.75 seconds and then figured it out. Shorter is better in links, IMO.

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    this was kind of my conclusion as well -- any college educated person should be able to figure out "meta", I hope, and it is part of our mission to educate folks in the broadest possible sense of the word. That said if there was a slam-dunk great alternative I would consider it but I wasn't seeing that. – Jeff Atwood Jan 10 '11 at 3:20

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