I feel like one of the main difficulties of having a massive sandbox is the difficulty of seeing all of the posts in the sandbox. There are 63 answers in the XIV sandbox and 66 in the XII sandbox, and I'm pretty sure I've never actually seen most of those submissions.

To increase the visibility of all of the sandbox posts, I think the body of the sandbox question could provide a list of all of the active sandbox submissions. When people casually open the sandbox, they might see something that catches their eye.

When a person adds a sandbox answer, they add a link to their answer to the directory. When a challenge is posted, the user moves the link to the list of completed answers.

This is basically what I envision it looking like:

Active Works-In-Progress

Posted Challenges

Slight side note: I am using the [ ] ( ) form the links.

 - [Title of Answer](URL to answer)

The use of the question as a directory has the advantage of recording the history of sandbox use, so that everyone can see exactly what posts are contained in the sandbox and where they are in development.

It would be convenient if there were a way to automate this. For now, I think this is something that the community is capable of maintaining, similar to how people already edit their sandbox posts to denote a posted challenge.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't even think we'd need a list of posted challenges. You can find them all on main. But we can split the active ones in two or three categories depending on whether the spec is still incomplete, a controller (or similar) still needs to be written or everything is done and the OP is only looking for feedback. Alternatively, group by challenge type. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 16:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you can't decide between groupings, just have two sets of labels. List the posts as Title [status] [challenge type]. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 16:53

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Okay, I have taken the liberty of compiling a directory to all of the active submissions in Sandbox XIV. I have not included posted/deleted answers, and I have not categorized them at all. This should help reduce the workload needed to update the sandbox if we decide to do this.

Sandbox XIV Active Posts

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    \$\begingroup\$ Looking at the size of this thing, we definitely need a rule that the community will remove posts after an inactivity of 2 weeks (say) and leave a comment on the proposal to inform the poster that he's welcome to edit it back into the overview if he still intends to post the challenge. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 17:53

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