In this blog post it is stated that:

The latest version of the Stack Exchange Creative Commons Data Dump is now available. This reflects all public data in …

  • Stack Overflow
  • Server Fault
  • Super User
  • Stack Apps
  • all public non-beta Stack Exchange Sites
  • all corresponding meta sites

Could you include the beta Stack Exchange sites?

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Duplicate of this question, which is itself closed as a duplicate of a much more specific question. –  Pops Sep 22 '11 at 13:43
@Popular Demand I hope it will end as the duplicate's duplicate, there is some public Beta that are active for more than a year... –  DavRob60 Sep 22 '11 at 14:11
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I guess the reason is that beta sites could be closed, if they don't respect some parameters; it is probably not worth adding a site when it's not clear if the site will pass the beta phase.

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On the other hand, there is (or was?) a promise to provide a data dump if a site is closed (so all the questions/answers are not lost). If you have to do this anyway, why not include it in the dump? –  Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 20 '11 at 13:43
Perhaps because generating the dump for a closed site is a one-time-only procedure, not something the team has to do every quarter. @PaŭloEbermann –  Pops Sep 22 '11 at 13:44
@PopularDemand - Isn't generating the dump just a cron job? With 64 sites and counting, I hope they've got it automated by now... –  Kevin Vermeer Sep 23 '11 at 17:38
@KevinVermeer, yes, there is some sort of an "automated process", but running it is still "quite a bit of work for" the team. As a side note, I see that most of the "new data dump is up" announcement blog posts have been deleted; I wonder why. –  Pops Sep 23 '11 at 17:46
@kiamlaluno - The reason stated here is that there isn't enough data to be useful. –  Kevin Vermeer Sep 23 '11 at 17:49
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