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There's now quite a few Stack Exchange sites that are in public beta on Area 51. According to the Web Applications proposal, the "site's progress will be evaluated in 15 days" (as of this writing), so the "evaluation" is coming pretty soon.

Apparently the criterion for evaluating a public beta is not set in stone. But once a site passes evaluation, what is involved in making a site "a full member of the Stack Exchange Network," exactly?

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That's actually not my main question, but I have edited my question to make that more clear. – In silico Sep 14 '10 at 1:45

The usual process is that the site gets a "proper" theme and loses the sketchy theme of the beta. Also reputation privilege levels are reset to the same higher level as the trilogy sites. And that's it.

There are (currently) two exceptions to this.

Physics has graduated but still has the sketchy theme. This was because when the graduated theme was implemented it wasn't well received (despite being shown on the meta site) and hasn't been replaced.

User Experience is still beta, but has a graduated theme. This was done to try to boost traffic amongst the UX community.

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