Going over the impressive list of topics discussed on the Stack Exchange network, it got me thinking - has there ever been a site that was in public beta, but then closed? Is there a list of these somewhere?

I assume sites in public beta are still being developed/grown - for example CiviCRM.SE.


The information on failed beta site attempts is still available on Area 51, including zipped dumps of their questions and answers.

However, as far as I know, there's no search mechanism to get a list of the closed sites.

To answer the question in the title - yes. Public betas also fail from time to time. For example, take a look at the now closed Startup Business site.

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