I am having trouble ascertaining exactly what the commitment means, when referring to the ten questions/answers:

  • Do they have to be in private beta, or does public beta count as well?
  • Can the posting of the questions and answers straddle the private and public betas?
  • Is it ten questions, or ten answers or is a mixture of both acceptable?

From Area 51's FAQ:

After a proposal enters the beta phase, you earn the most reputation when you follow through on your commitment or a user you referred follows through on theirs. Even better, that extra reputation doesn't count towards your maximum reputation per day:

Follow through on your commitment +50

This does not explain the conditions, only that the commitment must be fulfilled. So, what exactly is the commitment? To look further, I actually committed to a proposed site...

From the committed dialog:

I commit to participate actively in ***** for at least three months, especially during the private beta, and to ask or answer at least ten questions.

From the to ask or answer at least ten questions I would assume that the answer to my third point is that a mix is acceptable. However, the private/public beta issue is still not clear in my mind, as the especially seems to imply that it is a desirable, but not a condition.

Looking at How to “follow through” on an area51 proposal, the answer states:

If you weren't active enough during the private beta, you will need to post at least 10 questions or answers to fulfill your commitment.

Which implies that the questions/answers can straddle private and beta.

However, the answer to Commitment fulfilled seems to act erratic on area 51, appears to contradict the above (the comments to the answer seem to confuse matters even further). The answer states:

The commitment isn't fulfilled until about a day after the site enters public beta.

Which implies that the commitment has to be during private, and hence, the questions/answers need to be posted in private.

I am starting assume that the ten questions and/or answers need to be answered in the private beta only, as at that stage I had only answered/asked six in total, on Hardware Recommendations, and then four more in public, but my +50 reputation on Area 51 never materialised. Is there a period of time one has to wait for the ten questions/answers to be recognised?

Unfortunately, my situation has been complicated by one of my answers being deleted, for being (understandably) more of a support nature, rather than a recommendation.

I will obviously continue to contribute to SE HW Recommendations, as I find the site interesting, but I am at a bit of a loss w.r.t. the +50 points (which, TBH, I didn't even know about until two days ago, so I'm not too fussed about them).

  • relevant, but old: discuss.area51.stackexchange.com/questions/1705/…
    – user306255
    Mar 15, 2016 at 14:26
  • @sumelic - Thanks. So, back then, in 2011, it was vague then, and, to my mind, it still is. It doesn't seem as if the FAQ was properly updated. It does seem a bit daft that one has to read through a faq and three questions on meta, and four on Area 51 Discussions in order to find the answer. It should be noted, succinctly, in one place. Mar 15, 2016 at 14:36
  • I'm not sure if this is a definitive answer, but I recently was awarded 50 rep on Area 51 after having 7 upvoted answers, 2 upvoted questions, and 600 rep even on the committed site. I'm guessing it's the 600 rep that did it but there might be some other stuff involved too.
    – intcreator
    Apr 28, 2016 at 5:32
  • @brandaemon - So you only had nine posts? Not ten? That is strange... Did you have ten at any point in time, and one was (subsequently) deleted? Apr 28, 2016 at 7:15
  • I'm pretty sure I only ever had nine. That's why think it was the 600 rep. Maybe edits of some kind count? Maybe questions scored 10+ count double? Who knows?
    – intcreator
    Apr 28, 2016 at 14:27


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