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What is dev.stackoverflow.com?

I just found a link to dev.meta.stackoverflow.com. I tried to login, but got a screen saying this:

This site is currently in private beta.

It is only visible to users who committed to its Area 51 site proposal ...

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/lookup/dev.meta.stackoverflow.com

...at the moment.

Private betas typically last about 7 days. Please come back soon for the public beta!

(If you believe you should have access to this private beta, please email team@stackoverflow.com)

But I can't find the proposal and the private beta has lasted longer than 7 days. I know its the development server, are we even meant to be able to logon to it? I would LOVE to help beta test new features...

What is dev.stackoverflow.com?

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marked as duplicate by The Unhandled Exception, Jeff Atwood Jan 13 '12 at 19:51

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Dev isn't really in private beta. We discourage access to our dev tier.

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Why did you say "discourage" instead of "disallow"? Is it possible - although "discouraged" - to access the dev tier? – Andreas Bonini Jul 25 '10 at 23:58
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@Kop, if you want to get the hacker badge... – juanformoso Jul 26 '10 at 0:31
    
@kop there's nothing really bad about it, but we just don't guarantee anything about it working, ever – Jeff Atwood Jul 26 '10 at 0:50
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So how can you get access to it? – TheLQ Jul 26 '10 at 2:56
    
How do I get access? – kinokijuf Jan 13 '12 at 15:57

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