Different SE sites cover a wide range of topics. And the thought process in generating a question is VERY different from one to another. In programming related sites, I can come up with many question in a day just because I run into errors. Those can be very specific to my case, therefore been less likely that I'll find an answer already there. In software use related sites, a new software or version show up very often creating a whole new set of associated questions.

In the other hand, in Earths Sciences, the SE community I'm more active in. New fields of research don't appear very often, the thought process to come up with a question is much longer and questions don't tend to be that specific, so you are more likely to find the answer already somewhere on the internet.

As a consequence, Earths Sciences beta duplicates or triplicates graduation requirements when it comes to avid users or visits, but it does very bad when it comes to the average number of questions per day.

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Given all the above: Does it really makes sense to have fix minimum requirements for all beta sites?

Also, similar differences can explain why some sites will have more answers per questions than others.


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I have participated in the Betas of two sites that I moderate:

  • GIS, as a normal user, and saw it graduate quickly 7 years ago

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At G&FH SE we struggle with question volume far more than your site but nevertheless I think that all sites should be subject to the same measures.

If one or more measures were found to be too hard or too easy for sites to reach and were changed as a result, for all sites, then I would not object, but I think it is important that all sites are judged equally for graduation-readiness.

I would also not object to a rule that says perhaps "4 greens and an amber" is enough to graduate.

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    This is a good example of what I mean. I also participate in GIS, and most of the questions are related to software, scripting and coding. That are topics that naturally generate lots of questions. But if you count the non-software related GIS question the number of questions per day would be much lower. Mar 24, 2018 at 3:47
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    @CamiloRada Genealogy & Family History is a topic which I think should generate many more questions than GIS but it is an ongoing challenge to train users in how to ask right-sized single focused questions.
    – PolyGeo
    Mar 24, 2018 at 4:15

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