I'm a relatively active member on mathoverflow (a pre-SE 2.0 site that won't be upgrading any time soon) and am part of a proposed new SE site on theoretical computer science in commit stage. My profile is similar to many of the committed members of this proposed site.
The problem is that while many of us are active on MO (demonstrating the ability to participate in such forums) our reputation counts are not incorporated in the progress calculations.
I understand the technical challenges with using MO reputation since it's pre-Se 2.0. This is just a request for maybe adjusting the commit calculations so that we won't actually need 1000 members (based on a 106 commit/10% progress calculation) to get the site into beta (our entire community isn't that large !)
Specifically, my understanding is "new" members with low reputation (say the 51 that area51 assigns by default after you confirm an email) are given a very tiny weight. I'm hoping that this can be changed.