Now that several Area 51 sites are entering the beta phase, I'm wondering what the status is on migrating Stack Exchange 1.0 sites to 2.0, and what sites have already opted into the transition. I'm also wondering how many existing site proposals might be duplicates of these sites once they do transition, and how that will affect those proposals, whether they will be closed, merged, or left alone to create separate sites/communities.
I'm also curious about some of the demands that MathOverflow has made:
We have a set of 3 incontrovertible requirements for switching, all of which go against the rules for new StackExchange 2.0 sites.
- Anton maintains personal ownership of the mathoverflow.net domain name.
- We continue to have access to the full unsanitized database dumps.
- Anton continues to have administrator privileges on the site.
(re: 2, all of the StackExchange 2.0 sites will have public data dumps equivalent to what we already provide here. At present, only Anton has access to the unsanitized dumps, and the main purpose of these is so that we can in principle jump ship to an alternative software base.)
I understand that they have a certain wariness about committing to Stack Exchange given the radical shift from SE 1.0 to 2.0, but points #1 and especially #2 seem directly in conflict with the network effect that SE 2.0 is trying to build by being prepared to tear itself away at a moment's notice.
On the other hand, MathOverflow was really the first site to prove the viability of Stack Exchange as a platform for Q&A topics outside the realm of computers, and so given this should they be 'grandfathered in' under SE 1.0 terms? What about other SE sites that make similar demands?