Proposal: 3D Graphics, Modeling & Applications

This site is nearly ready to launch, but before that happens we need a short, obvious URL for this site in the format *.stackexchange.com

I'll post a few of the suggestions that have come up here as answers, feel free to add your own. The sooner we get the URL and name hashed out, the sooner the private beta will be launched.

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    AnotherFineMesh.com? :)
    – John C
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 22:23
  • wow. I wish that wasn't taken.
    – Shog9
    Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 16:56
  • Actually, it would be AFM.stackexchange.com - but I didn't realize the .com version was already in use, which would probably rule it out for SE anyway.
    – John C
    Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 21:48

4 Answers 4



Short but sweet.

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    Could this possibly get confused with Common Gateway Interface? Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 22:41
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    Not sure it'd get confused much - most either wont know the (relatively old fashioned) term, or will know the difference? However, for me CGI has a cinema/movies undertone, and 3D Graphics is a far wider field, so I'd prefer something more generic. Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 23:28


Gets around the restriction on not having a digit first, whilst still keeping 3d (could be used in conjunction with an ASK 3D name.

  • +1 - Short, sweet, gets the point across, has 3D in it. Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 11:54


Has a nice ring to it, but might be confused with numerical modeling, model building, etc.

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    Modelling is only one part of 3D Graphics - we specifically don't want to discourage people doing Animation, nor for it to be inferred that questions relating to lighting/texturing/rendering/etc wouldn't be on-topic (because they are). Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 19:25


Shorter and sweeter. :)

  • We've been told by our core dev team that we are not allowed to start the subdomain with a number. Sorry :(
    – HedgeMage
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 19:36
  • Not allowed by who? :( There's no DNS restriction to it. Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 19:48
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    Yes, there is a DSN restriction to it. See RFC 1035 secion 2.3.1. Specifically: <label> ::= <letter> [ [ <ldh-str> ] <let-dig> ] and The labels ... must start with a letter... (Although this restriction is ignored by many implementations.)
    – Flimzy
    Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 7:53
  • Flimzy, that is under the headings of "Conventions" and "Preferred name syntax" - so it's not really a restriction. Domains that start with numbers work - there's plenty out there in the wild that prove this. Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 12:55
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    Also, RFC 1123 / 2.1 explicitly states "One aspect of host name syntax is hereby changed: the restriction on the first character is relaxed to allow either a letter or a digit. Host software MUST support this more liberal syntax." - i.e. there is no DNS restriction - either the SE core dev team are unaware of this, or they are imposing their own restriction. Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 12:58
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    @PeterBoughton: We're aware of the change. While it is technically allowed, the potential for legacy problems and side-effects make going that route ill-advised. There are more prudent options above. Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 14:37
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    RFC 1123 was 1989 - that's some legacy. Does Stack Exchange use 8.3 filenames too, just in case? :/ Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 23:28

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