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Just a quick note to let you know what we put the pens that go into the "Picks" section on the homepage on a bit of a timer. We release one new one every 20 minutes. We did this in the spirt of fairness, giving each Pen an equal amount of time to shine the best we can. Before, if we picked 10 right away, a great pen might be on "Page 2" pretty much immediately. Also, it might give you fine folks a reason to return every once in a while throughout the day. The chances of there being some new stuff is higher.
Of course we have more ideas for making browsing better on CodePen that we'll get to over time. But we always want to hear yours as well. Do you enjoy the Picks section?