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Proposal: Substrate

The Substrate site is scheduled to launch into private beta on February 8, 2022.

We want to thank you for your patience in dealing with the delay between the commitment phase reaching 100% and the launch date. After doing the final evaluation for the request before launch, the Community Team came to the following as the final selection for the site's name and URL:

  • Name: Substrate
  • URL: substrate.stackexchange.com
  • Icon: Sub
  • Target Audience: for developers building blockchains with the Substrate SDK

We slightly shortened the target audience description, compared to what the proposal currently reads — "for developers building blockchains with the Substrate SDK, including all parachain developers building on Polkadot, Kusama and other related technologies" — since we think that if the second half was present we should rename the site so its scope is slightly wider than just Substrate.

We're looking forward to launching this site! Leave an answer below if you have any questions.

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  • LGTM. Looking forward to getting stuck in with the new site and helping people.
    – Squirrel
    Feb 8 at 10:40

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We slightly shortened the target audience description, compared to what the proposal currently reads — "for developers building blockchains with the Substrate SDK, including all parachain developers building on Polkadot, Kusama and other related technologies" — since we think that if the second half was present we should rename the site so its scope is slightly wider than just Substrate.

This doesn't quite make sense to me -- did you perhaps thought that Polkadot and Kusama were separate SDKs? Because both of them are blockchains that are built using Substrate, and so the word Substrate does already imply the "wider scope" that you mentioned. I really think we should've left the description unchanged.

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    I tend to agree that description should have been unchanged, especially if it may affect SEO when trying to find a place to discuss Polkadot, Kusama, and Parachains. These are all specific products built with the Substrate SDK. Feb 1 at 9:20
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    If "Substrate" already implies Polkadot and Kusama, because both are blockchains using the same SDK (Substrate, if I'm reading you right), why is there a need to make the description longer than it needs to be? Our thought was that if there was a need for that 2nd half of the sentence, we should maybe make the site be about "smart contracts and parachain technologies" or something on those lines, instead of restricting it to Substrate specifically. Does that make sense?
    – JNat StaffMod
    Feb 2 at 12:45
  • As Shawn has mentioned, it is used for easier searchability. A Polkadot or Kusama developer is the same as a Substrate developer, and we expect them to use search terms like "Polkadot Stack Exchange" and still be able to end up in the Substrate Stack Exchange website.
    – Ki Chjang
    Feb 3 at 15:28
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    Since people will also be posting content related to Polkadot or Kusama won't that also add seed for the SEO? Examples: 1. When searching python Stack Exchange I got results for the [Stack Overflow] python tag even though the word python is not in the description of the site, but because there is python based content on Stack Overflow. 2. When searching firewall Stack Exchange I got results for the Information Security firewall tag and the word firewalls is not in the site description. As long as we have content based on those two topics which are Polkadot and Kusama I will say you will be fine. Feb 3 at 20:46
  • I don't see the harm of making the website more descriptive? I'm really not seeing why this is a huge issue that warrants a removal of words in the description.
    – Ki Chjang
    Feb 4 at 13:38
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Indeed. I want to second on @ki-chjang opinion. Polkadot and Kusama are two blockchain networks built with Substrate blockchain framework (as explained in this article What is Substrate, search for the phrase Polkadot is).

Can we have the description as:

"For developers building blockchains with the Substrate SDK, including all parachain developers building on Polkadot, Kusama, and other relay chains." I understand the phrase and other related technologies can make the scope a lot wider (and fuzzier).

Thank you for consideration.

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