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The Geographic Information Systems SE site has one more day of beta. We are Excellent in Qs answered and answer ratio, Okay in visits/day and Worrying in number of questions and number of avid users.

Are the admins planning to shut us down?

Please don't! We may be small, but we're good and growing. I've been working in the GIS field for almost 15 years and been active on every applicable BBS, mailing list, online forum and wiki for that time. I can honestly state that GIS SE has something that all those others didn't, and that something is valuable and worth nurturing. Give us some more time, please. Thanks.

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+1. I didn't have the time to contribute to gis.stackexchange yet but I believe it to be a very valuable concept for a SE site! –  ChristopheD Oct 19 '10 at 22:10
I think this should have been asked on Meta GIS, not MSO. Not voting to close, though, because of the loosely implied question "what makes a site too weak to live?" –  Pops Oct 19 '10 at 22:22
not asked on MetaGIS because the people who close area51 sites don't hang out there. –  matt wilkie Oct 19 '10 at 22:43
@matt, are you sure? I would think that the admins would be monitoring it closely in the end-of-beta period. –  Pops Oct 19 '10 at 22:45
No I'm not sure. If their listening they're not talking. Ambiguity about the whole process and what the triggers are is part of the question. –  matt wilkie Oct 19 '10 at 22:53
I gotta poke some of the geospatial people at work about this site. I keep forgetting. –  sysadmin1138 Oct 19 '10 at 23:51

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Well, I think Robert Cartaino replied to your question on the StackOverflow blog in the clearest fashion.

How long can a site stay in beta?

The simple answer is, it takes as long as it takes. We’ll wait. If a site needs more activity, go out and evangelize it. As long as your site shows steady progress and continues to make the Internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions, it will march on. We don’t want to kill a site because it hasn’t reached full status in 90 days. Nor do we want to set a hard 90-day limit and launch a site too soon.

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I agree that it shouldn't be closed but don't think it will. From a blog post on the closing of Gadgets:

If it’s not getting a lot of traffic, it may still be valuable, as long as the few people who go there are getting great answers to their questions (which, thanks to our architecture, is really easy to measure). So, essentially, a site needs either traffic or good answers, but if it has neither, we don’t think it will work.

GIS's answered rate is 92%.

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Correct. GIS will probably stay in beta longer than average to make sure it builds up a solid user base before passing out of beta, but as long as the content on the site is high quality and people can get answers to their questions, you shouldn't worry about the site actually being closed. In the meantime you should be voting a lot to help build up the number of users on that site with moderation privileges. –  Joel Spolsky Oct 19 '10 at 22:41
Thank you for the reassurance Joel. –  matt wilkie Oct 19 '10 at 22:49

I agree. GIS.stackexchange should stay open, if anything, because the GIS career field is growing and there are many graduates entering that field, so I suspect that traffic and users will only continue to increase as more and more people enter the GIS field...I myself am a new and learning GIS user, and appreciate having a high-quality place to ask questions...

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