I've seen the abbreviation "SF" used in a couple different questions recently, both here as well as on Meta Stack Overflow (the network meta).

At first, I though the poster was asking about Server Fault, which is generally abbreviated as "SF".

There is the potential for a lot of confusion if this catches on?

Therefore, what is a more appropriate and less confusing abbreviation to use for Salesforce Stack Exchange so that it doesn't get confused with Server Fault when discussing this site elsewhere?

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  • I agree with avoiding just "SF". For me it means "SourceForge", "San Francisco" or "Science Fiction". Having a unique abbreviation to differentiate between Salesforce the company and the Stack Exchange community is a good idea. How have other product-focused Stack Exchange sites handle naming? – tomlogic Aug 28 '12 at 21:27
  • SFSE is a great suggestion – pjcarly Mar 6 '13 at 10:11

I agree: How about: SFSE - Salesforce Stack Exchange

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    I like the other suggestion of SFX, but this one edges ahead for me - points for obviousness. – metadaddy Aug 27 '12 at 19:41
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    I like SFSE because when I see SF elsewhere my mind expands it to Salesforce automatically when reading it. Likewise, when I see SFSE my mind expands it to Salesforce StackExchange. We should use the abbreviation in the faq. – Peter Knolle Sep 3 '12 at 12:09
  • What about EXSF or SFSEX? ;) I believe many products of salesforce are named with four letters, always starting with SF. Maybe we need some distinction in any direction. Maybe salesforce even launches a new product which will use these four letters (SalesForce Solution Exchange) or whatever. When i first read SFSE i thought it was another product of salesforce. Furthermore i thought of Salesforce Software Engineer, maybe SFEX? – Johannes Schapdick Jul 25 '18 at 5:47

SFX - SalesForce eXchange

I think whatever the final answer it will be a challenge to get everyone on board as I'm guessing a lot of people are use to using 'SF' to refer to anything Salesforce related

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    I use SF as shorthand for Salesforce, itself, a lot which a lot of people that I work with do. I would never use it to refer to this site, though. I generally don't refer to this site much in answers, so on the rare occasion that I would, I would probably just call it 'this site' or Salesforce StackExchange, etc. – Peter Knolle Aug 20 '12 at 10:25
  • SFX is quick to type, and while challenging, it's better to set the stage early on rather than later. Hopefully this helps! :) – jmort253 Aug 20 '12 at 14:37
  • @Peter Knolle - After using this site for a while I take back my comment completely. Definitely need a good abbreviation. – Peter Knolle Sep 3 '12 at 12:04

How about SFDC SE or simply SFDC (Salesforce Developer Community)? This abbreviation emphasizes that this stack exchange is focussed on Salesforce development (code, point and click etc).


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  • To me SFDC refers to the actual salesforce developer forums, but good suggestion none the less :) – Jon Hazan Sep 3 '12 at 10:20
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    For any Salesforce employee, SFDC = salesforce.com, the company – metadaddy Sep 7 '12 at 21:24

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