I'd like to post this on the per-site metas of nineteen beta sites in the Stack Exchange network:
The Beta Phase: a survey
Hey there, _____s and fellow Stack Exchangeians!
I'm Doorknob, a regular from the beta site Programming Puzzles & Code Golf, and elsewhere on the Stack Exchange network. If you are reading this, then you are probably interested in the growth and development of your own community. I would like your input on the always present issue of graduation.
Your site has been selected because it has been in its beta phase for over one thousand days. Wow. That's a long time. Seeing as you've had over a thousand days of experience with this, you're probably familiar with the beta phase and the process of graduation. You've also probably wished to get out of beta at one point or another. Well, I've decided that by combining the knowledge of the eighteen other sites that have sat in beta for over 1000 days, we'll be able to make some collective progress here.
If you would like to help, I request of you only that you answer the following questions to the best of your ability. I'd really appreciate it if you do this, as it will help greatly in determining what we all have to do in order to graduate.
- What is the status of the following issues on your site? Please rank them from 1 to 10, 1 being "not an issue" and 10 being "major, substantial problem that's holding us back in beta." If you would like, it would also be great if you summarized the issue or added some extra explanatory text.
- Question intake (per day)
- Overall quality
- Answer intake (per question)
- Unanswered questions
- Overall quality
- Reputation, users, and activity
- Reputation levels (2k users, 10k users, etc.)
- New user intake and retention
- Average views and activity on new questions, and visits per day
- Questions not being closed/deleted quickly or at all
- Spam, low quality posts, off-topic questions, and non-answers
- How much would graduation help your site? Please answer with a number from -5 to 5, with -5 meaning "extremely harmful," 0 being "neutral / no effect," and 5 meaning "extremely helpful."
- When do you think your site will graduate?
- In one or two months
- Four months or less
- Eight months or less
- One to two years
- Longer / never
- When do you want your site to graduate? (Please answer with numbers above)
After analyzing the results of this survey, I will crunch the numbers and create a graph or two. I will then present this data to you, which you can do whatever you want with, and the community team over at Stack Exchange, to see what they think of it.
My goal with this whole endeavor is that hopefully, we will be able to pinpoint some good and bad things happening on all of these sites, and see what could be done about them. It's also possible that some correlations between all sites might be found in the data, which could be discussed in regards to all sites, and perhaps that a solution be found. We're all in the same boat here, so we might as well help each other out.
Thanks for reading this, and please answer these questions in the answers below!
Now, obviously, I can't just go spamming a thing on 19 sites, so I thought I would ask here first.
- Can I get "official" sanction to post this on the per-site metas of 19 SE sites?
- Should I change any major issues with this post?
- Are there any other things I should do before posting this?