UPDATE: New site name chosen!
Thank you all so much for participating in this discussion!
As we're designing the site, we are considering the name and how the logo/wordmark of the site will look (be excited, that means we're actually in-progress!!!). In our discussions internally, there was a question of what y'all actually call this site. As an outsider, I tend to refer to it as "PPCG" but I think a lot of people call it "Code Golf". I'm not sure many people write out the full name in most cases because of the length.
So, as part of this site redesign, since the design and its logo will be your branding for (hopefully) forever we want to ask you to choose:
- Keep Programming Puzzles & Code Golf
- Change to Code Golf
There is a third option - a new name entirely - but this comes with a lot of complications such as changing the site URL and completely rebranding the site which will delay this process quite a bit (6 months, probably) as it will require a lot of internal work and discussion (see the many-year process for switching Programmers to Software Engineering). Because "Code Golf" is pretty commonly used already and it's the URL for the site currently, the thinking is that it won't be too much of a change for the site identity.
Before you start deciding, I'd like to bring up a few thoughts I've had while talking with mods on this site and our design team:
I'm starting here with what may be the most pragmatic of the concerns and what brought this discussion up on our end... we have about 400x70 px (width, height) to work with for both a logo and wordmark for our site. Fitting "Programming Puzzles & Code Golf" (31) in that space can be done - it's definitely an option - but it will likely limit our choices as we balance fit with design.
Some examples of sites with long names (which are all at least slightly shorter than PPCG):
What I see is that we've solved the long name problem in the past by either using narrower fonts or less spacing between letters, or putting the site name on two lines. Both of these solutions have the effect of making the wordmark seem a bit scrunched but, importantly, they don't look bad.
Oh, and if you're wondering about the max width - because of the responsive design, on mobile, we need to support phones as narrow as about 320px wide. If a wordmark is wider than that it will have to get sized down to fit on those screens without going off the side. A small amount of this looks fine, since the viewing distance is shorter but too much and it can start to be more difficult to read.
Scope & Branding
I've poked around a bit and talked to your mods a little and what I've found in the past is that there's been some discussion about the site name here for reasons of scope accuracy and branding. This seemed to be a big part of the discussion in 2015 about the site name.
The current top three choices there are:
- No change - 39 (+59/-20)
- Code Sport - 38 (+51/-13)
- Code Golf - 31 (+45/-14)
Now, it's been a few years since that was posted and I'm not sure that the points about programming puzzles vs code golfing discussed in some of the answers are still accurate. What I do see is that the recent voting on that post indicates that the more recent votes (since 2017) are split about 50/50 on keeping PPCG (+6/-5) but unanimous on shortening to Code Golf (+11) or changing to Code Sport (+8) and Code Games seems to be gaining popularity, too (+11).
I do understand the concerns about site name descriptiveness. It's a complicated issue that is unlikely to ever have a perfect solution. As they say, naming is hard. Other sites on the network have to deal with this; Arqade isn't only about arcade games, Movies & TV isn't a place to ask questions about setting up your television. Bitcoin (for now, anyway) accepts questions about many different cryptocurrencies in addition to Bitcoin specifically.
There will always be a struggle with balancing scope with a descriptive site name, which is why I think so many companies choose non-descriptive words for their company names - and we've done it in a few places like Seasoned Advice.
So, considering the above - and anything else you've been thinking about...