The footer for graduated sites is a mess! Meta and Area 51 are stuck in the middle of the list of graduated sites, since it lists sites in order of creation.

Updated proposal with better category names: Splits sites by general category

This way, sites are logically arranged instead of in chronological order (after all, chronology being unlogical is why we have the voting system, isn't it?). Better yet, with this re-organization, we can make it easier to find the right site for our questions.

  • I've been thinking something needed to be done with but wasn't sure what. Great mock up – Brad Mace Oct 31 '10 at 5:09
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    I'm gonna go with "what's wrong with the footer?" – jcolebrand Nov 12 '10 at 4:22
  • I know my "Topics" is essentially "Misc", as any other replacement would be too, but I avoided the exact label "Misc" as it sometimes implies lesser importance or significance. – Gnome Nov 12 '10 at 12:49
  • @drac Try finding a specific site that you don't visit often through the current footer. Now look for that site in my image with the category names to help you. Which is faster? – waiwai933 Nov 24 '10 at 4:46
  • @waiwai933 ~ If it's a site that I don't visit often then it doesn't really matter does it? – jcolebrand Nov 24 '10 at 4:47
  • @drac My point isn't that it's a site you don't visit often. I'm just trying to remove the existing bias since you might know where all your current favorite sites are. – waiwai933 Nov 24 '10 at 4:50
  • @waiwai933 the example you provide is an answer looking for a question – jcolebrand Nov 24 '10 at 4:51
  • @drac Let me try to rephrase this. SE is about logical sorting, which is why answers are sorted by default by votes and not by time. So why shouldn't we do the same about the footer? – waiwai933 Nov 24 '10 at 4:53
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    Gaming really needs to be in a better category than in "Computers". – Grace Note Nov 24 '10 at 21:06
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    And ServerFault needs to be in a better category than "Developers" :). – VxJasonxV Nov 25 '10 at 22:18
  • Since when does $\tex$ have to do with numbers? – Cole Johnson Apr 11 '13 at 7:08

Posers: [stackoverflow] [gamedev] [webmasters] [serverfault]
Haters: [superuser] [askubuntu] [webapps]
Lunatics: [gaming] [math] [cooking] [photography]
Ingrates: [meta] [area 51] [careers] [api/apps]

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    With apologies to Roger Pate... :-D – Pollyanna Oct 31 '10 at 6:22
  • Please sir, may I have another? – Pollyanna Oct 31 '10 at 6:24
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    No, this will never do. I'm both a hater and a poser but I only ever hang out on Stack Overflow unless I'm heckling Joel Spolsky into giving me a 100K+ job without an interview on Programmers. I feel excluded. (Well I guess I hang out every now and then on Meta but I'm not an Ingrate) – aaronasterling Nov 24 '10 at 5:23

Were going to roll out a new footer next week across all sites, including beta sites which will separate the list into categories, vertically.

Something like this:

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    Ooh, I love sticky notes in footers! – Richard J. Ross III Apr 10 '13 at 20:01
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    Shouldn't "Other" be "Stack Exchange" (or something) to indicate that they are all sites related to the network rather than sites not otherwise categorised? – ben is uǝq backwards Apr 10 '13 at 20:02
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    Nonsense! Meta Stack Overflow is LIFE! – jscs Apr 10 '13 at 20:02
  • Nice, I see it's live now. Time to tag this question status-completed. :) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 Apr 22 '13 at 11:59

I would prefer a just alphabetic order. You don't need to know what categories exist, and in which order the topics were added to SE.


Developers: [stackoverflow] [gamedev] [webmasters] [serverfault]
Computers: [superuser] [askubuntu] [webapps]
Topics: [gaming] [math] [cooking] [photography]
Stack Exchange: [meta] [area 51] [careers] [api/apps]

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    Server Fault in "developers" seems off, but I'm not sure. – Gnome Oct 31 '10 at 6:20
  • IT - Computers - Topics - SE? – VxJasonxV Nov 12 '10 at 6:55
  • @VxJ: I don't like IT much here, but I can't really say why. Perhaps it's just too broad and not a label users of those sites apply to themselves often. Obviously "Topics" isn't either, but "Computer users" (also a bit too broad) and "SE users" are. – Gnome Nov 12 '10 at 18:25
  • s/IT/Pattern of Lights Managers/ ? (See <xkcd.com/722> ) Also perhaps, Light Pattern Organizers, or keyboard monkeys. – VxJasonxV Nov 13 '10 at 0:01
  • Computer Science doesn't extend to Administration properly, and IT doesn't extend to Development properly. What is the middle ground? – VxJasonxV Nov 13 '10 at 19:21

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