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https://stackexchange.com/

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But on https://stackexchange.com/sites we are on the 6th place:

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And I can't find the sort order on https://stackexchange.com/sites page, which fit order on the main page.

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That list of sites is sorted according to what StackExchange.com considers to be the "default" sort. It's a value calculated per site that's a combination of total question and answer counts, answered %, total users, and daily visits, sorted in the descending order.

Specifically:

((TotalQs + (TotalAs / 3)) * PercentAnswered / 100) + TotalUsers + VisitsPerDay

I have no idea why that formula is what it is, but this sort can't be replicated on /sites, which is why you're seeing a different ordering. You can see the sites ordered by this formula on the Leagues page.

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    What position number should be for ruSO according to the published formula? Feb 20, 2019 at 11:20
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    Also, why can't "this sort be replicated on /sites"? Feb 20, 2019 at 15:09
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    @Suvitruf It's inaccessible through the UI on /sites. But I just found out that /leagues uses the same sort, so you can see SOru's position there.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 20, 2019 at 22:43
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    @αλεχολυτ Turns out, /leagues on se.com sorts the sites using the same ordering, so it looks like SOru is #11.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 20, 2019 at 22:46
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    I wonder, was that formula ever exposed before? Feb 21, 2019 at 8:11
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    @ShadowWizard ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 21, 2019 at 16:14

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