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I am currently a member of 8 Stack Exchange communities:

  1. English Language & Usage
  2. Meta Stack Exchange
  3. Mathematics
  4. Stack Overflow
  5. Physics
  6. Network Engineering
  7. Android Enthusiasts
  8. Gardening & Landscaping

When I click on the Stack Exchange icon enter image description here at the far right of the top navigation bar, a scrolling window opens. The window contains 3 sections: CURRENT COMMUNITY, YOUR COMMUNITIES, and MORE STACK EXCHANGE COMMUNITIES. The YOUR COMMUNITIES list only shows 5 of the 8 communities I’ve joined.

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I’ve determined that the list is modifiable and that communities can be added and removed from the list. In fact, it is possible to add a community I have not joined. I found this confusing. I was expecting the list to be auto populated with the communities I’ve joined.

What is the purpose of the YOUR COMMUNITIES section?

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    Quick navigation for switching between communities? Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 21:43
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    So it doesn't have to do with communities you've joined?
    – SLax
    Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 21:47
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    You might be interested in communities you did not join. Maybe you frequently read on a particular community for which you don't have an account. Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 21:52
  • @SLax Welcome to Meta SE. FYI, using a site search, there are quite a few related posts here (although several are now at least somewhat out of date), e.g., How are the sites listed under "Your Community" picked?, Custom ordering for "Stack Exchange All Sites" dropdown, "Your Communities" should show more than 5 sites, etc. Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 21:59
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    Thank you for the insight and related questions. I am trying to become a better user of the Stack Exchange platform. I find it to be an exceptional resource for acquiring knowledge. Being a novice user, I am still trying to make sense of all the terms that the Stack Exchange platform uses. I recently looked at some of my profiles and they all have a section titled "Communities". The section contains all the communities I've joined. I guess I miss-associated the "YOUR COMMUNITIES" list with that list. Given what I now know, the "YOUR COMMUNITIES" list is a communities of interest list.
    – SLax
    Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 22:20
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    The real question is why is the UI YELLING AT ME about my communities? Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 22:32

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It can show more than five - any that you wish by clicking on the "Edit" button on the left side of the row. Here's mine:

My site switcher menu showing MSE, Movies & TV, English Language Learners, Seasoned Advice, Interpersonal Skills, Arts & Crafts, Meta Stack Overflow, and MathOverflow Meta.

I use them for a variety of reasons... such as:

  • Quick access to sites I'm frequently posting on.
  • Reference my reputation on specific sites.
  • A one-click button to meta sites from anywhere (not possible anywhere else).
  • "YOUR COMMUNITIES" is a quick way to get to my network account.

Note, once you customize them, they won't update unless you "Reset" them to default. While I don't customize it often, I find it to be really useful.

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    Thank you for your response. It is extremely helpful. I now understand the purpose of the "YOUR COMMUNITIES" section. My original confusion stemmed from the "Communities" section found in my account profiles. I miss-associated the "YOUR COMMUNITIES" section with that section. From now on, I'll think of the "YOUR COMMUNITIES" list as a modifiable "Communities of Interest" list.
    – SLax
    Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 22:29

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