Proposal: Human Sexual Response and Non-Platonic Relations

That's a title for (purely theoretical) sexologists. Yes, SE is for experts, but also for people who have questions to ask said experts. So that we can all learn, share, and help according to our different knowledge.

Please change the title to something less academic.

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    What would you suggest as an alternate name? "Sex & Sexuality"? The generic "Human Sexuality"? – voretaq7 Dec 12 '11 at 16:06
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    In keeping with the idea that there is a need for experts but also a need for questions for said experts to answer, I'd say simply "Human Sexuality". Generic, covers it all, and only when and if a subgroup arises that warrants a broader definition would we need to change the name or splinter the site. – MPelletier Dec 12 '11 at 17:06
  • The only concern I would have about "Human Sexuality" is that it is a much broader field ("Sexual Response and Non-Platonic Relations" seems more confined to the acts/activities aspect, "Human Sexuality" brings in gender identity, etc.) -- Personally I think broader is better: It's hard to talk about the acts/activities without the larger contextual factors. – voretaq7 Dec 12 '11 at 17:17
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    It's the same conundrum as StackOverflow et al. Sometimes the line between SU, SO, and SF can be blurry. Usually a call is made. At least with "Human Sexuality" we're restricting the field to one species... – MPelletier Dec 12 '11 at 18:03
  • I think the line really starts to blur when we get into niche aspects (furries, BDSM, etc.) - and if there's enough volume in a particular niche then we can splinter it off. – voretaq7 Dec 12 '11 at 18:13
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    The proposal in question has already been closed after 13 days in beta. I have reopened it recently If anybody is interested in making the site come to life -- this time for good. – Xitcod13 Nov 11 '12 at 22:24

Note that the name of this site has been changed to


Proposed Q&A site for educators and professionals to discuss human sexuality.

  • Just a question, this where leaves the "non-platonic relationship" part? – jclozano Jan 4 '12 at 16:48
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    @jclozano: Are you aware "non-platonic" is in effect a double negative? The phrase "non platonic relationship" is basically linguistic monkey-work that means "sexual relationship", which seems to fall squarely under the new title. – Caleb Jan 6 '12 at 11:10
  • I did take in consideration that, what i mean is that almost all (if not all) sexual relationships have a relationship part that is not sexual, and how will we deal with that. – jclozano Jan 6 '12 at 16:59
  • @jclozano This isn't really meant to be a relationship/interpersonal advice site. Considering that the original proposal was called "Everything you always wanted to know about sex...", the title changes really just put an academic bent on that, plus expands it to broader "sexuality" issues beyond the mechanics of the physical act. – Robert Cartaino Jan 6 '12 at 18:08
  • I understand that, i meant to ask about what will we do about those kind of questions – jclozano Jan 6 '12 at 19:59
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    @jclozano : The site hasn't been created yet, so it's hard to speculate too deeply about its scope, but if a question is off topic, the question would be closed like any other. But I don't anticipate that relationship-y questions will be on topic. That's a different (potential) site. So, they would be closed. – Robert Cartaino Jan 6 '12 at 21:38

We opt for the more academically or professionally leaning of available titles at Stack Exchange, as the idea here is to attract experts. Non-experts are, in turn, attracted by the presence of experts. We'll never run short of random people with sex questions, we will drive off experts (and both the questions and answers they generate) if the site sounds like a late-night call-in show.

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    There's got to be some kind of middle ground between "Human Sexual Response and Non-Plantonic Relations" and "Late-night call-in show" that's attractive to experts, descriptive, and best of all concise. Until such a name is in place, consider me uncommitted. – MPelletier Nov 15 '11 at 17:15
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    What makes you think this title is good for experts, then? Avoid jargon. I agree that the title is horrible. It would be like calling the mathematics.se “applicative and theoretical inquisition into non-physical properties of nature”. Nobody (not even the experts, but possibly first-year students who have just learned the jargon and now need to apply it everywhere) talks like that. – Konrad Rudolph Nov 26 '11 at 19:13
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    I like the title. There are lots of "come talk about sex" places online, this is a very stack excange site name. – alan2here Dec 3 '11 at 15:52

Why not just "Sexuality"? It seems that it's already an accepted way to talk about what this site will be covering. We could also make it Human Sexuality, but I think that sounds a bit pretentious, and precludes discussion of some alternative lifestyles.

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    Well, I was of a mind that a minimum of one participant would be human, otherwise it just wouldn't be covered here. In that way, I meant "Human Sexuality" to be inclusive, and we can leave the reproductive habits of dung beetles to their own place, if ever there is one. – MPelletier Dec 21 '11 at 23:02

I agree with the thinking behind opting for a name that skews toward the professional and academic sounding.

But the current name is really not very StackExchange-ish. At least, not in the way of the older, original sites. Those sites tend to use a name that focuses on some term or phenomenon that will be recognized by "insiders" of the profession. E.g. StackOverflow, ServerFault, SuperUser, AskDifferent. Those are my favorite site names, and I think they are ultimately more appealing than a flat descriptive name.

So, my suggestion along those lines:

Stimulus Response

I think it's sufficiently professional to not draw folks Googling for pr0n, and sufficiently intriguing to represent a field that does, after all, deal with excitation.

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    Names shouldn't be judged on the "special" names that the Trilogy or sites like Seasoned Advice and Ask Different have. Remember that at the start and here on Area 51, those are "Cooking" and "Apple" respectively, so the title plan while in Area 51 is to go for the flat descriptive name. – Grace Note Dec 22 '11 at 16:04
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    Understood. Consider this a suggestion for that time in the future when we can do something a little more creative. I don't really support the "horrible and has got to go" sentiment of the original question. More like "It works, but we can do better when we get the opportunity to change it." – Jonathan Van Matre Dec 22 '11 at 16:20

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