So, I'm aware that the first few Stack Exchange sites were pushed into private beta one at a time so that the team could work out the kinks in the process. I'm also aware that the commitment counter was scaled by 90% for a while to prevent sites from automatically reaching the beta stage. But now I see that there are several proposals at 100% commitment whose betas have not yet started.
- Is it still the case that sites need to be manually "released" into the beta phase after they have reached 100% commitment?
- If so, is there any estimate of when (or if) the entering-beta process will become fully automatic?
- In the long term, can we expect there to be a waiting period between when a site proposal reaches 100% commitment and when its beta starts?
EDIT: At Kenny's request: