I like several sites on Stack Exchange and use the Stack Exchange drop down list of all sites frequently to hop from one site to another. I notice the ordering of sites is either random or uses an algorithm I cannot see. If I am not at UX then sometimes the listing does not show on the drop down list. Possibly due to too many Stack Exchange sites.

How are the sites on the drop down list ordered?
Why are they not ordered by ones I am active in?
Are you losing views if users cannot find the site through that list?

EDIT: having read the comments on where this should go I believe this emphasizes another issue. If users cannot figure out where questions should go then there is a user interface problem. Let the moderators move this as they see fit

  • And actually, if made slightly more generic, your last question is a better fit for the main UX site than it is for the meta site. Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 16:57
  • The algorythm seems to show your most visited sites, and not the site you're currently on. I do believe it shows every site on the SE network.
    – Zelda
    Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 22:27

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The ordering is according to reputation for sites where you have >200 reputation, it is random for sites where you have less than 200 reputation.

If you want to have UX always at the top of the list you'll have to earn 200 reputation there.

  • Could I have found this in the FAQ?
    – kevinskio
    Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 15:57

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