Before answering look at the following questions:
What is the minimum length of time a proposed site will be in its beta phase? (asked 6 years ago)
Let's set better expectations for how long beta lasts (asked 2 years ago)
Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites (asked 1 year ago)
Replace graduation with an incremental process (asked 1 year ago)
The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta (asked 1 year ago)
And Questions like this - which nearly every Site has:
When will The Workplace Graduate? (asked 3 years ago)
Clearly the issue of graduating a site from Beta to Live has been churning around for quite some while. Reasonable community expectations about the timing of these related process continue to peculate to the surface yet remain largely unaddressed (Really? 6-years!) The links above don't even do this issue justice since many more duplicate questions get asked and shutdown as duplicates:
Isn't this issue long overdue for some community love? Isn't it time to consider automatic Graduation?
Specifically, can't StackExchange replace its constraint based process that poses criteria for graduating from Beta to Live, a process that assumes sites will FAIL and looks for difficult-to-establish evidence of their success (where evidence of success is hard-to-define), with one that recognizes that most sites that have already made it to Beta are succeeding to some degree, and are well on their way to going Live and instead look for much more tangible evidence of their failure?
The proposal is to have sites automatically graduate to Live after a trial period unless some clear constraints are met that suggest the site is failing.
Instead of a process that punishes new communities with ambiguity and delay, reward them with clarity and certainty.