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Stack Exchange “all site” list is random

Why are the sites in the "all sites" tab shown in a different order every time a page is refreshed? It is difficult to find an specific site.

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It is in random order. –  Jeff Mercado Dec 28 '10 at 6:08
    
@Jeff M Why is it random? –  Enrique Dec 28 '10 at 6:11
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To make it more likely for people to visit other sites who use that list rather than the ones shown at the top of the list. The same reason why answers with the same vote count are listed in random order. –  Jeff Mercado Dec 28 '10 at 6:13
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marked as duplicate by waiwai933, KennyTM, Barry, ChrisF, Peter Mortensen Dec 28 '10 at 23:04

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The order is random, as this question shows, but as to the 'I can't find the site I need' problem, I've built a small script that adds a search box to the 'All Sites' interface:

var container = $('<div>').css({
    background: '#ccc'
}).prependTo('#seContainerSites');

$('<input>', {
    id: 'se-site-search'
}).bind('input', function(){
    if(this.value){
        var v = this.value;
        $('#seContainerSites .itemBox').css('display', function(){
            return $(this).text().indexOf(v) !== -1 ? 'block' : 'none';
        });
     } else {
        $('#seContainerSites .itemBox').show();
     }
}).width(265).css({
    border: 0,
    fontSize: 10,
    padding: 2,
    color: '#666',
    fontWeight: 'bold'
}).appendTo(container);

If you want to, I can prettify it up and package it into a userscript.

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Thank you. But I'm new in meta. How do I install that script? –  Enrique Dec 28 '10 at 6:21
    
@Enrique Well, you can't because the code isn't complete - which is why am asking you whether you need it or not –  Yi Jiang Dec 28 '10 at 7:14
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