Posted 25 February 2010 - 02:24 PM
Yeah, www is off, and always will be for SSMB since we've switched to the "board" subdomain.
The "www" subdomain originally came about because, back in '91 when the world wide web was inaugurated, a server would be dedicated to a single job. Thus, there'd be one server for the web, one for FTP, one for SMTP, one for Usenet, one for email... and in order to make all those work on a single domain, you needed subdomains to point to the right location. "www" was the subdomain that referred to the web server.
Nowadays only bigger sites actually need more than one server, so in practice you can type in sonicstadium.org and get the right IP for all those services that used to need their own subdomain. That means that everywhere else, subdomains have taken on the role of enabling multiple websites on a single domain instead.
For that reason, current best practice is to either use www.domain.tld as originally intended, or just domain.tld on its own. Our - or rather, my - stance is that we don't like to have "sonicstadium.org" on its own; everything should have some kind of subdomain. It also helps us organise a couple things better, which is always nice. On TSS, www refers to the "default" website - the main TSS site. All our other sites have their own subdomains, and www.subdomain.domain.tld has never been best practice so we're not going to do it ;p
But regardless, it's nice to know we're one (or more o_O) of your homepages, stroke the ol' ego etc. ^_-