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What is the trigger to move an Area 51 proposal from commitment-phase to beta-phase? Or perhaps better phrased as, How long after 100% commitment is reached does the beta begin?

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Its just a matter of the hamsters generating 1.21 gigawatts, that sometimes takes a bit of time. –  Tim Post Jul 22 '10 at 17:15
    
Does that mean that Area51 is more "eco-green" than Google? Excellent! –  rlb.usa Jul 22 '10 at 17:32
    
@rib.usa - sadly, the hamsters are outsourced. –  Tim Post Jul 22 '10 at 17:33
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It's fairly manual at the moment.

It also depends how much commitment overlap there is between sites, in other words, how many people committed to both A and B and C? If the overlap is low between A and C then we may launch those first, and wait on B.

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Maybe this is obvious, but I won't pretend it is to me: If the overlap is low between A and C then we may launch those first, and wait on B. Please explain that a bit more why you do this. –  Tshepang Dec 18 '10 at 7:46
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It's a manual process.

It depends on how many betas the team can handle, there isn't an exact formula, but approximately 3 per week now, in order of progress.

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I believe it's being handled on a case-by-case basis now, as soon as they have the resources to start another beta, but I don't have an actual source for that

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Jeff - I think it was Jeff - wrote a while ago that the 100% committed sites are being put in beta one at a time, so the admins can pace the system and ensure nothing breaks. Otherwise it would be a crazy free-for-all.

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This is correct. Right now they are done one by one because Area51 is still in Beta itself. –  rlb.usa Jul 22 '10 at 17:31
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