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Why does the StackExchange website dropdown list randomly the sites I have <200 rep on? Please make the sites I have <200 rep on be sorted just like the sites I have >200 rep on.

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Sorting only takes effect in sites where you have 200+ rep; below that, it's random. –  waiwai933 Apr 23 '11 at 18:47
    
@waiwai933 Can you explain why that is? –  Ambo100 Apr 23 '11 at 18:48
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Oops! really! that answered it, but still this could be feature-request to sort even less than 200 reps. –  YOU Apr 23 '11 at 18:48
    
That's a good idea, I will change the question –  Ambo100 Apr 23 '11 at 18:52
    
I guess it can be a reminder for the users about the Q&A sites where he has an account. The fact you noticed the order of those sites change shows the trick worked. :-) –  kiamlaluno Apr 23 '11 at 23:55

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We don't feel that users have shown a strong "preference" for a site until they earn 200 reputation on it.

Therefore, we present the list in random order until you have at least 200 reputation -- this encourages cross-pollination in the network and helps users discover new and interesting sites as they browse around.

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Remember too that you get +100 on every site once you cross the +200 threshold on any site in the network, so +200 is not very hard to achieve on many sites.

(and yes, the above is now automated, thanks to Kevin.)

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What did you say was now automated? –  Ambo100 Apr 26 '11 at 12:42
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@ambo the +100 bonus is automatic now. –  Jeff Atwood Jun 8 '11 at 4:13

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