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Honestly, navigation through Area 51 is a bit confusing and seems to be much different from the other SE sites.

The feature that is very lacking is the footer with all the sites you are subscribed to so that a user can easily return to a different SE site. This one really bugs me. Can this be easily fixed?

Also, unlike all the other sites there is no "meta" site to add comments specifically about that site.

Again Area 51 seems out of sync with the other SE sites.

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It is very different -- it's an entirely separate codebase that just happens to look somewhat the same. Adding the footer links is a good idea though – Michael Mrozek Jul 22 '11 at 21:48
The link at the bottom of every SE site (except Area 51) is not the list of the sites where you are subscribed, but a list of the main SE sites. – kiamlaluno Jul 23 '11 at 1:22

The "meta" for Area 51 is under the discuss link at the top right of the page.

Area 51 "meta"

However, it's not called meta as it does more than just act as a site to report bugs and feature requests. It's a place to discuss the proposals themselves.

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Can this be changed to "meta" to be consistent with standard SE site terminology? – mdpc Jul 22 '11 at 21:51
@mdpc discuss.area51 serves a dual purpose. It is not solely a meta site. – Rebecca Chernoff Jul 22 '11 at 23:11

Area 51 is not a normal member of the Stack Exchange network. It bears some similarities, but it's not a Q&A site and operates very differently. I'd suggest starting at the Area 51 FAQ to get an idea what's going on.

For getting between the sites, you're better off using the Network Aggregator at the top of the page (the StackExchange logo in the upper left). That exists on all the sites, and the All Sites tab actually shows all of the sites (unlike the footer), with the ones you are using at the top.

The footer links aren't really meant to be used to get around, since they don't include all the sites (they're more of a, "Did you know?"). They are not guaranteed to be on all of the sites in our network (they do not appear on or area51).

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