In this post on Meta Hardware Recommendations (requires registration through A51 to see), Robert Cartaino tells us that the Stack Exchange team have decided to extend the private beta period to 3 weeks. To quote:
We've extended the private betas to last about three weeks total. In actuality, if you call the initial launch "week one", the evaluations and discussion happen near the end of week three. We extended the private beta another week because the logistics of launching a private beta and getting everyone together to wrap everything up in two weeks made the deliberations all but impossible.
That's fair; it gives the SE team more wiggle room to decide about a beta.
However, my concern is about beta activity. Over the course of a private beta, activity dies down. By the end of week 2, there's enough new content coming in to keep the site alive, but sometimes only just. My concern is that at the end of week 3, there will be even less activity. This could potentially lead to the SE team seeing this and saying "oh, this beta isn't very active - better close it".
In short, I'm concerned that 3 week private betas will lead to a greater closure rate of new sites.
So, I'd like to know two things:
- Have the team considered this? What was the result of the discussion?
- If applicable, what's being done to remedy the problem?