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On the sidebar for a Area51 site, you see this section which shows what percent of people needed to launch the site have committed. There should be a way to see how many people are still needed to launch the site. A mockup of what this could look like is below.

mockup

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There aren't a set number of people. It depends on how much reputation on existing SE sites the person committing has that determines how much they count towards the 100%.

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And it's currently stuck at 90% because the code for the next stage hasn't been rolled out yet I think (but it's coming). – Michael Pryor Jun 22 '10 at 23:08
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Well, then it could show how much rep is needed to go to the next stage. – Henri Watson Jun 22 '10 at 23:41
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@Henri It's not that simple. It's a fairly complicated formula that takes several factors into account. – waiwai933 Jun 23 '10 at 3:34

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