I hope/suspect that the actual text is only stored in one or two places, but nevertheless the "title" of our site appears in a lot of places other than the logo itself. I'd like to see the "internal" name changed to be more consistent and less confusing.

I don't care if it says Seasoned Advice or Seasoned Advice - Stack Exchange. I wouldn't even really mind if it said Cooking - Stack Exchange (although one of the former two would be highly preferable). But I'd really like to get the word "Food" out of there as quickly as possible. After all, our subdomain is cooking.stackexchange.com and not food.stackexchange.com for a reason.

This may sound nitpicky to some team members, but unfortunately, some visitors are still not grokking the purpose of the site, and I think it doesn't help that the phrase "Food and Cooking" is plastered all over the place. In particular I'm concerned about:

  • The actual page title that shows up in the browser's title bar. I actually experienced this at some other, completely different site the other day (really wish I could remember which one), where the logo and contact information were inconsistent with the page title. I was always slightly bothered by the inconsistency here, but seeing it happen on a totally different site that I was not already familiar with made me realize just how disconcerting it really is to a newbie. I kept thinking "What's going on here, what site am I actually on?"

  • The FAQ. Since this is the first place people are going to go if they have questions about the site itself, we are liable to confuse them even more by referring to a name that they haven't seen before.

  • The text under the How to Ask sidebar when asking a new question, which says: Is your question about food or cooking? Obviously we're not going to put "Seasoned Advice" in there, but the word "Food" is only going to mislead people into asking the wrong questions. This should simply say, Is your question about cooking? If some people are unhappy with this (i.e. due to thinking of cooking as being separate from baking and so on) then cooking or food preparation would be a better catch-all phrase.

  • Finally, the meta sidebar says Is your question about the Food and Cooking Meta - Stack Exchange community or website? This, again, should probably refer to the name Seasoned Advice instead (again - if the team is concerned about branding, I don't think any of us will mind if it says Seasoned Advice - Stack Exchange, but please not Food and Cooking - Stack Exchange).

Can we get these changed in the very near future? And if not, can we be given reasons why they would need to stay as they are?

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    This is carrying on as we speak: Advice for large group snacks with small budget! and What are some affordable packed lunch ideas that actually taste good? - we're starting to see a lot of these questions lately.
    – Aaronut
    Oct 27, 2010 at 18:21
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    I'm 100% on board with this. I think it will significantly help those who think this is a general food advice board to stop thinking it.
    – justkt
    Oct 27, 2010 at 19:40
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    Man, I really need the ability to give multiple upvotes.
    – Marti
    Oct 28, 2010 at 17:34
  • I appreciate the "cooking or food preparation" suggestion - though most people wouldn't even blink, it feels a bit more right to me. (Otherwise, in total agreement.)
    – Cascabel Mod
    Oct 28, 2010 at 21:58
  • I just noticed that this is tagged feature-request. I think it's more correctly described as a bug, isn't it?
    – Marti
    Oct 29, 2010 at 3:21
  • @Marti: Perhaps, although I doubt it'll make much of a difference with respect to if and how quickly it gets done. Either they're working on it or they aren't.
    – Aaronut
    Oct 29, 2010 at 14:11
  • @Aaronut: since my gripe about link highlighting was fixed within a couple of days, and this hasn't so much as gotten a response, I would conclude that the 'bug' tag gets higher priority than the 'feature-request' tag.
    – Marti
    Nov 3, 2010 at 15:35
  • @Marti: Hah, maybe, although it might also depend on who needs to handle the issue.
    – Aaronut
    Nov 3, 2010 at 16:42

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I removed all the "Food" strings where I could find them. This may take a server cycle (up to 24 hours) to take effect across the entire webfarm though -- we already deployed for tonight.

  • thank you. Hope this helps some of our newbies!
    – justkt
    Nov 12, 2010 at 15:02
  • Hey Jeff - looks like all of the obvious places are done except for the very first sentence of the FAQ (all subsequent entries in the FAQ were updated). Will it take a long time to get that straggler?
    – Aaronut
    Nov 12, 2010 at 20:03
  • @aaro I think you have the ability to edit that FAQ as a moderator by clicking "edit" on it. I edited it anyway.. Nov 12, 2010 at 21:16
  • You're right, I forgot that was part of the editable section. Thanks anyway!
    – Aaronut
    Nov 12, 2010 at 21:18

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