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For new proposals, how are names and URLs selected? For example, Cross Validated is at https://stats.stackexchange.com/ so this is not an fully automated process, since the name and URL do not match.

I found some previous related discussion, but couldn't find the full answer there:

What I learned is that this happens during the Commitment phase, but what actually happens? Is there some sort of a voting process or a discussion that has to take place? Do you have to do something to suggest alternate names or URLs? Who gets to make the final decision?

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    As an aside: crossvalidated.com is a remnant of the idea that graduated sites would have their own domain. This was another thing that complicated site naming those days: trying to come up with a name that is available as a dotcom domain led to some quirky name choices. – user6655984 May 10 '17 at 13:58
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Custom-branded site names (like "Cross Validated", "Ask Different", "Seasoned Advice") were from a time when communities would discuss what their up-and-coming site would be called and (theoretically) the best option would be selected. Unfortunately, crowd-sourced naming discussions often became highly toxic and divisive to the community, so after a lot of discussion and debate, we ultimately decided to forego the naming exercise entirely.

Sites are now labeled by the subject space they cover. When a proposal approaches the end of Definition, it undergoes a final evaluation by the Community Team. During that process, it is discussed if the proposal title best matches the questions actually posted — many of those discussions have already been raised by the proposal community — so if there is a decisively better name, the proposal may be edited. If there's still a question or debate about what the site should be called, a discussion is raised with the community.

The URL for a site typically defaults to the site title as close as reasonable; redundant words are often removed (French Language → french). But if there is a well-established and easily recognizable way to abbreviate a subject name, the shorter version may be used (computer science → cs; Science Fiction & Fantasy → scifi;).

This process has changed over time, so you may be able to find exceptions, but the vast majority of sites have been named as described here.

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