It appears that all our handwringing over domain names might be moot. webapps.stackexchange.com was the first SE site to exit beta, and had chosen the domain nothingtoinstall.com (which I thought was clever). 3 days into graduation, and the SE overlords suddenly decided that this was such a horrible name that they are retracting their promise to give out separate domain names, and the new URL forwards back to webapps.stackexchange.com
There's a fairly bitter discussion going on in the NTI meta section, along with a parallel discussion on meta.SO. Bottom line:
- it's unlikely this decision will be changed
- Jeff Atwood claims that a site reaching "ServerFault" levels of traffic (38k views/day at least count) will get their own domain, else not
- He also thinks all names in the SE family are terrible, except the cooking site.
This is extremely inside baseball stuff, so I don't expect anyone to care greatly about it. But it does mean our wranglings over the domain name are irrelevant.