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 Oct 31 '11 at 22:23
  • wow. I wish that wasn't taken. – Shog9 Nov 1 '11 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 Nov 1 '11 at 21:48


Short but sweet.

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    Could this possibly get confused with Common Gateway Interface? – Chad Cooper Nov 1 '11 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. – Peter Boughton Nov 1 '11 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. – Chad Cooper Nov 1 '11 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). – Peter Boughton Oct 31 '11 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 Oct 31 '11 at 19:36
  • Not allowed by who? :( There's no DNS restriction to it. – Peter Boughton Oct 31 '11 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 Nov 1 '11 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. – Peter Boughton Nov 1 '11 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. – Peter Boughton Nov 1 '11 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. – Robert Cartaino Nov 1 '11 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? :/ – Peter Boughton Nov 1 '11 at 23:28

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