Would it be a good idea to ask here why uric acid is not what I would have guessed, i.e.
but rather is something that I find surprising, i.e.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uric_acid says it is the complicated name, and the simple name that I had guessed at is nowhere to be seen.
Likewise https://www.chemspider.com/Chemical-Structure.1142.html makes no mention of anything starting "1,3,7,9" in it's list of about fifty names for uric acid.
And yet theacrine does have the name that I would have guessed having looked at the structural formula.
and https://www.chemspider.com/Chemical-Structure.67862.html has "1,3,7,9-tetramethylpurine-2,6,8-trione" in it's list of names.
Since theacrine is so simply named, why is not uric acid likewise named in a straightforward way?
Thanks to Loong for pointing out that Wikipedia may be wrong about the IUPAC name of theacrine. I suspect Loong is right about that. I guess I would omit any reference to theacrine in the hypothetical future question on chemistry about the name of uric acid, or at least not claim that Wikipedia is right about theacrine's IUPAC name.
Also thanks to everyone who pointed out that the issue here isn't "on-topic-ness". I used instead of the phrase "on-topic" the more accurate (and in this case less pretentious) "a good idea to ask here".