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I was searching for closed beta sites and I found them.
These are the beta sites that were closed and their data dump of questions is downloadable on Area 51
Open Science
Machine Learning
Game Theory
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence
Firearms
Home Automation
Game of Go
Libraries & Information Science

This one's data dump is not downloadable and it's not merged with an existing site (I think the knowledge that went into the site is lost)
Relationships and Dating

This one's data dump is not downloadable but it's merged with an existing site
Guitars

But the content of the following sites is downloadable and their content is merged with an existing site:
Astronomy
Theoretical Physics

Now my questions are:

  • how do we choose what to do after closing a beta site?
  • How do we choose which of the above four actions is best for a closing beta site?
  • When do we merge the content of a beta site with an existing site after closing it?

Note: I had asked this question on Area 51 Discussion but they advised me to ask it here

  • Is the difference for that Relationship and dating proposal that it never entered public beta? – rene Nov 4 '15 at 12:55
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    Well, the first thing to check is if there's a healthy site that would welcome the closed beta's questions. For some of your closed but not merged examples such a site might exist today, but it might not have existed back when they were closed. Also, even if a healthy site exists, there's no guarantee that its community will agree to a merge. – yannis Nov 4 '15 at 13:03
  • @rene Open Science, machine learning, Artificial Intelligences, Home automation, Game of Go never entered public beta, too – Sepideh Abadpour Nov 4 '15 at 13:05
  • Check the site-salvage tag on Meta Physics, for discussions relating to the Astronomy and Theoretical Physics merges. – yannis Nov 4 '15 at 13:06

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