The scope of this site has been, ever since the beginning, broader than just "quantum computation". There seems to always have been a relatively broad consensus that we should be about, at the very least, everything that relates to the broader area of quantum information science. This is reflected, for example, in
- What is the scope of Quantum Computing SE?
- "The Quantum SE"
- Our tour page, and our what topics can I ask about here help page.
Personally, I've always thought having a site that is specifically about "quantum computation" but not about all of the related areas is hardly tenable, or, at the very least, not desirable. I think the way the site came out proved my feelings right: I don't think it is in any way controversial to state that this site is currently not just about quantum computation.
Of course, what I personally think is ultimately not that relevant in regards to what the site should be or become. This is why I'm finally bringing this up here: do you think we should change the name of the site to something that more closely reflects its actual scope?
Fine, but what should the site be named then?
With this post I'm emphatically not trying to pick a new name, but rather to test whether there is a decent consensus about whether changing the site name is an issue that we should address. Where this to be the case, other posts would follow to more specifically decide on a new name and sort out the related details that would need sorting (URL, name shown in the main page, etc).
This said, it's probably also a good idea to throw a few possibilities here, to make the proposal more concrete. So to this end, a few possibilities for new domain names that come to mind, and/or were thrown around at some point or the other in the past years, are quantuminformation (my personal favourite... in case that wasn't obvious at this point), quantumoverflow, quantuminformationscience/quantumcomputerscience (maybe a bit long, but I'll include these anyway). If you have other ideas about this, let me know and I'll add them to the list (though maybe in a potential follow-up post).
It is also worth noting that domain and site name don't have to be identical, see e.g. stats.SE which is called "Cross Validated" in the home page (there's other examples of this, but it's probably not that useful for me to go fishing for them for our purposes). This means that the title shown in the title could be more descriptive than the domain name itself. We can probably easily go with "Quantum information science" or "Quantum information and quantum computation" as title in the site page.
The latter is an important point I think: I know that not everybody agrees on what monikers such as "quantum information (science)" actually encompass. Some working in related areas wouldn't define themselves as doing "quantum information". Something like "Quantum information and quantum computation" or "quantum information science" would probably be ideal for this reason.
Is changing the name actually possible?
It is not common, but yes, it is possible. Precedents include
- health $\to$ medicalsciences
- programmers $\to$ softwareengineering
- writers $\to$ writing
- Programing Puzzles & Code Golf $\to$ Code Golf and Coding Challenges (this one is only a change of name, not domain). See also https://codegolf.meta.stackexchange.com/q/17612/43490 about discussions related to their name change.
In most of these cases, the main reason for changing the site name, as far as I can tell, was to try to curb off-topic questions coming in due to the misleading title. In our case, this isn't really a big thing, because the current title isn't about something the site isn't about; rather, the problem is that the current title does not reflect a lot of things the site is about. The problem is that there are potentially many people who don't do anything they would call "quantum computation" that would erroneously think this site is of no interest to them.
Finally, yes, I asked CMs and they confirmed that this is possible.
What this is not about
I am not in any way advocating for a change in scope. The scope would remain unchanged, only the site name would more closely reflect it.
I am also not trying to decide what "quantum information" or other monikers should be taken to mean. I know some people working in related areas probably wouldn't say that they work on "quantum information". Different people like to call what they do in different wyas. However, I'm asking here whether you think the current title is sufficiently accurate for the purpose of this site; whether you think it is worth changing; whether you think there is a better, or at least less worse, alternative.
A final technical point
There is no need to worry about the eventual domain name change. Stackexchange sets up a redirect in these cases. For example, you can go to programmers.stackexchange.com without problems.
All that said, this would be a fairly major change, and ideally a permanent one. So please feel free to voice here any doubt, opinion, or idea related to the matter. To better assess community consensus I will also add an answer in favour of (one possible way to implement) the proposal, in order to make the meaning of upvoting/downvoting more obvious.