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I'm pretty worried that the Astronomy site is going to get deleted, as it's failing to meet beta requirements.

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What would be different the second time around? – Robert Harvey Jul 11 '11 at 16:14
I don't think anything immediately would happen the second time around. But after 6 months or so, it could get potentially enough interested users again. – InquilineKea Jul 11 '11 at 16:15

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As long as the questions and answers are of high quality, and people get answers to their questions, you shouldn’t worry about the site actually being closed. However, Astronomy will probably stay in beta longer than average to make sure it builds up a solid user base. And that’s the good news: by this criteria, almost all of the current sites should be allowed to continue.

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If a beta is canceled I don't think they're going to just relist it; that would kind of defeat the point. However, they do tend to let betas go on for a while if it looks like the site will make it eventually; some sites have been in beta nearly a year

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