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I was wondering if the new ideas for maybe SO could have a separate site like http://beta.stackoverflow.com/ and it copies every thing from the main site but for the changes have them there and users have the same flair. e.g If I post an asnwer on beta it is on the normal site as well and all the rep would be sync.

Thanks Benny.

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You mean a site for letting users test new features, before they go live on the main site? – Michael Mrozek Jan 25 '11 at 9:13
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Yes. I that @Micheal Mrozek – Benny Jan 25 '11 at 9:16
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What if a new feature is rep related? – detunized Jan 25 '11 at 9:28
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What do you mean? – Benny Jan 25 '11 at 9:32
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You're saying "...and all the rep would be sync". What if a new feature changes the way rep is calculated? What to do then? – detunized Jan 25 '11 at 12:13
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A valid idea, but one that would lead to many complications. For example when features are discussed on Meta. Is it on the Beta version? Or the real one? What if a change effects how data is posted, like an update in the markdown parser? Bugs would still affect both sites.

I actually like the way it is done now: The team tests things internally, and rolls out changes without much ado. The change will then meet either an uproar or general approval (or both).

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