Earlier, Cody Guldner asked if Stack Exchange could Lower the rep amount needed for trusted user privileges on Area 51. Cody recognized that there is an existing problem with the Area 51 site. While I don't agree that lowering the reputation threshold is the answer, as outlined in my response here, I do think that it's worth looking at how to increase participation in Area 51; specifically, how can we encourage users, who already have access to more advanced Area 51 privileges, to participate more?
In the "All Sites" section of the Gen-U-Wine™ Stack Exchange pull down list, sites are ordered by the user's reputation for all sites where that user has earned at least 200 reputation, as demonstrated in the following screenshot of my drop down list:
As you can see, the list of sites are ordered according to my reputation as listed in the All Accounts section of my global profile:
However, note that for me, in my global profile, Area 51 ranks #5. It's my fifth highest account. However, in the Gen-U-Wine™ Stack Exchange pull down list, Area 51 isn't the fifth site in the drop down list. In fact, it doesn't appear in the list at all.
This means that I explicitly make it a point each day to visit Area 51 and participate. For many users who have earned enough reputation to help out with their experience, the phrase "out of sight, out of mind" seems to apply, as a quick scan through high rep user accounts on the top user page shows a significant lack of activity and participation.
Perhaps we can bring back some of these higher rep Area 51 users by placing the link to that site in a more prominent location in the drop down list. Burying it all the way in the footer of the sites makes it less visible and reduces it's significance as the driving force for growth on the Stack Exchange network.
Can we add Area 51 in the drop down according to reputation?