Take Web Apps, which will have its progress "evaluated" in a mere 5 days.
Reputation Users Notes ───────────────────────────────────────────────────── Diamonds 9 with at least 102 rep 3,000+ 0 non diamonds - closest at 2,826 2,000+ 3 non diamonds 1,000+ (17)non diamonds
1k users are listed merely for reference. 2k and 3k are the reputation milestones.
Basically, if Web Apps went live today with definitive reputation tables, there would be no vote closing at all. Even assuming Simon Brown can make it to 3k in these five days, the next nearest user is still at 2,049.
In other words, the fifth highest non-diamond user is neo at 1,931 rep. Until he reaches 3k rep, Web Apps just cannot vote to close.
Take the second oldest community, the one I'm active in — Gaming: (yes, my perspective is skewed)
Reputation Users ───────────────────────────────────────────────────── Diamonds 6 with at least 102 rep 10,000+ 1 non diamonds - next closest at 6,425 3,000+ 9 non diamonds 2,000+ 17 non diamonds 1,000+ (42)non diamonds
Despite having less mods, Gaming's "reputation economy" looks healthier. If we went live today, we'd be able to function more or less normally.
I've been told that this is not a problem at all: just put the site in "bootstrap mode".
We're in Bootstrap Mode
Bootstrap Mode helps to shape the community before the site is released to its full audience.
Reputation requirements are relaxed while we grow the site. All users can:
- Post Questions
- Post Answers
- Comment *Create Tags
- Re-Tag Questions
You'll earn reputation normally, but you won't be hampered by it.
from UXExchange, or pretty much any SE 1.0 site that still has this enabled.
Ugh, this is such a bad "solution" I don't know where to begin. If you peel the beta sticker off only to put a boostrapping sticker on, you really haven't changed much.
If you think a beta site needs a bootstrap mode, maybe it should just stick around in beta instead. :)